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Brig of Ayr and something of its story

Morris, James A.

Brig of Ayr and something of its story

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Published by Stephen & Pollock in Ayr .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Ayr (Strathclyde),
  • Scotland,
  • Ayr.
    • Subjects:
    • Burns, Robert, 1759-1796. -- Homes and haunts.,
    • Bridges -- Scotland -- Ayr.,
    • Ayr (Strathclyde) -- Buildings, structures, etc.

    • Edition Notes

      Other titlesBrigs of Ayr.
      Statementby James A. Morris.
      ContributionsBurns, Robert, 1759-1796.
      The Physical Object
      Pagination[6], 9-76, [2] p., [10] leaves of plates :
      Number of Pages76
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL6902097M
      LC Control Number00999656
      OCLC/WorldCa17526958

      For this reason all cement joints were made V-shaped, the apex being of course outward. In the Town Council had the Brig fully examined, and the three old arches were reported as being insecure. But more of that anon These thing's, the Brig saw and knew, as those others it has outlived.

      Mr Hall Blyth,was the Brig of Ayr and something of its story book appointed by the Town Council; we laid our views before him, and in his report thereon to the Town Council, he reluctantly set aside as impossible, all idea of preserving the fabric, and submitted instead a highly coloured drawing of the "rebuilt" Brig to be, showing a vividly blue river and sky. Mr Wilson early recognised the possibilities of the heavy piers and cutwaters, and at once proceeded to utilise them; but before pitting through their middle, he required first to ensure the stability of the arches, and to that end the outer joints of the spandrel wall-stones had to be securely and deeply pointed with pure cement, to resist the great after pressure of forced grouting from within. The style of bridge is also consistent with 15th century bridge designs. At the junction of these two streets, stood the old Mercat Cross of Charles the Second's time, in the waning glory of once beautiful masonry; but its tall slender stone shaft was even then surmounted by its carven capital with thistle and rose, harp and fleur de lis, superimposed upon which and crowning all, was the copper unicorn with its staff and banneret. I further submitted a statement, that to take down and rebuild the Brig was not to preserve its identity; that, as an asset, the Brig was of priceless value to Ayr; and that the impossible in engineering had not yet been reached.

      This mony a year I've stood the flood an' tide; And tho' wi' crazy eild I'm sair forfairnI'll be a brig when ye're a shapeless cairn! In there is an entry that the pillars of the Brig are to be repaired. Several masons' marks were found, and of each a careful impression was taken, and the results afterwards tabulated. The inner joints of the outer spandrel walls having been also picked out, were grouted with pure cement under air-pressure of from 20 to 30 lbs. In is a report on the causewaying, and in the Brig is again in need of repair.


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Brig of Ayr and something of its story by Morris, James A. Download PDF Ebook

In Februarythe Town Council definitely decided upon rebuilding the Brig, in terms of Lord Low's interpretation of the bequest, and Mr John Young the Burgh Surveyor, Mr Eaglesham, and myself were asked to consider and report accordingly; but, as Lord Low's interpretation of rebuilding might readily involve the destruction of the Brig, the task was not without difficulty.

A Charter of King Alexander II of Scotland from confirms that a wooden bridge then spanned the River Ayr, the wording of the charter clearly inferring maintenance rather than construction.

The masonry of each of the three piers, from the splayed stone base upward to nearly the corbel springer of the arches, had been at Brig of Ayr and something of its story book times refaced with stone or brickwork.

In several of the mines, looking from within, one could at low water see between the Brig cradle and Brig of Ayr and something of its story book boulder clay the blue sky of heaven, so much of the river bed had been washed away from the pier foundations, and it was literally inch by inch that way was made by damming out the water till the underpinning had been completed.

In May work was commenced upon the Brig, Mr Wilson being in charge of the engineering work; and, as I knew the Brig well, I was asked to associate myself with Mr Wilson and undertake the Archaeological work, leaving all questions affecting stability entirely in his hands.

There is not, however, in the foregoing item any conclusive, and barely inferential, evidence on either side, and in the Brig itself there is little architectural detail remaining upon which to establish, although in general appearance the Brig would seem to indicate a date of erection, somewhat approximate to that of the King's visit; and there is this, further, that much of its masonry, shows close resemblance to that of those portions of Crosraguel Abbey erected between —, and of later date.

Thou'll break my heart, thou bonnie bird, That sings beside thy mate; For sae I sat, and sae I sang, And wist na o' my fate. On the 5th of Junewhen apparently hurriedly convened in Council, the Provost reported "That the North arch of the bridge fell yesternight. The campanile of St Mark's having then only recently fallen, I ventured, in my letter to the local press, after detailing recent Brig operations, to suggest a parallel.

Patience, resource, and deliberation in the end prevailed, but there was none the less many an anxious hour for those in charge, and too much credit cannot be given to Mr Wilson, and all who worked under him.

Let those sympathetically conversant with the unaffected working of the human mind in old buildings, conjecture its why! The west nose of the south cutwater had, in its lower courses, sunk about 5 inches, and the space between the oversailing upper courses which had remained in position, filled in with stone patching and Roman cement.

The very spur-stones of the pier bases vary, and one of them has on its upper surface a large incised heart.

The Brig. of Ayr and Something of Its Story (Classic Reprint)

Meantime, certain of the Federated Burns Clubs were bestirring themselves, and indicating possible financial aid; the annual meeting of the Burns Federation was at hand, and its President, ex-Provost M'Kay of Kilmarnock, kindly invited me to attend, and plead the cause of the Brig.

That the 'Auld Brig' served as the sole river crossing in Ayr for over three centuries and is now five centuries old is alone significant. On the 25th February 19 04, M r Blyth telegraphed that Brig of Ayr and something of its story book his opinion the Brig was unsafe, and should be closed.

Moreover, many of the later facing stones had not been properly bonded into the masonry of the piers. As these mines, each roughly about 3 feet wide, were foot by foot driven, they were strongly timbered, and cement grout forced upward through the temporary boarded roof into the old foundations, which sometimes fell out like a ruckle of old stones into the mine; in the more dilapidated piers, sometimes from as much as 2 to 3 feet above the oak cradling, which cradling it was unfortunately found necessary to largely cut away.

Two years later a proposal was made to widen and repair the Brig, but this proposal was, in the following year, set aside in favour of a new Bridge joining the Sandgate, by way of the Water Vennel, with the Main Street of Newton, on the line of the old ford ; and this Bridge the Town was in empowered by Act of Parliament to build, the Auld Brig being retained for foot traffic only.

But more of that anon For instance, no two arches or cutwaters are exactly similar, and the northmost arch, the last built, is 2 feet less in height than the others.

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In the event you don't have an account with any of these companies then you can create an account with Disqus. The current 'Auld Brig', which is most likely on the same site, would appear to date frombeing a four span "rubble" five meter wide bridge "with three segmented arches and a pointed arch, built of dressed stone throughout".

Ferguson of Balgarth, then a Councillor, the Brig found a warm and fitting friend, for his interests are largely centred in Brig of Ayr and something of its story book, and his home for long Doonholm, where William Burness worked as gardener; and, on near land was built the "AuldClay Biggin'," wherein the poet was born.

Often, day after day, at low water, when the river and weather permitted, and as one of many expedients, 2-inch boards overlapping, or as sheaths, were driven into the river bed outside the piers, and the space between packed with clay, or grouted with cement; sometimes cement in bags was packed round, and usually, as one hole was stopped, another developed.

Through Mr Oswald followed the memorable intervention of Lord Rosebery, whose letter at once gave a prominence to the whole endeavour, such as it had not before enjoyed. It was now gradually becoming evident that if, as a last resource, it should be necessary to appeal to the general public for the requisite funds, the response was likely to be generous; but the feeling was also apparent and frankly expressed, that if public subscriptions became inevitable, then the greater portion of the required sum should be raised within the Royal Burgh itself, as it was the town of Ayr that, in a financial sense, would almost wholly benefit by the preservation of the Brig.

It was now the evening of our last meeting, and final effort. Mr Wilson early recognised the possibilities of the heavy piers and cutwaters, and at once proceeded to utilise them; but before pitting through their middle, he required first to ensure the stability of the arches, and to that end the outer joints of the spandrel wall-stones had to be securely and deeply pointed with pure cement, to resist the great after pressure of forced grouting from within.

He it was who generously offered to advance the sum, happily not required, for the production of the Second Edition, published in Edinburgh inwhich, following by a year the Kilmarnock Excerpt from The Brig.

The Brig of Ayr and something of its story

Acceptance, of course, involved retiral from the vice-chairmanship of the Executive Committee, as also from the Committee itself.THE BRIG OF AYR AND SOMETHING OF ITS STORY THE idea was curiously slow to for- mulate, and the people of Ayr were loth to believe that the frail and familiar structure which for centuries has spanned their river, was in precarious condi- tion, and imminent danger of collapse ; but slower still, and more Brig of Ayr and something of its story book of acceptance was the inevitable corollary, that in virtue of its poetic and historic associations, its.

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