Fogo Bridge

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Alternative Names Blackadder Water
Canmore ID 58482
Site Number NT74NE 1
NGR NT 76981 49203
Parish FOGO
Former Region BORDERS
Former District BERWICKSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Accessing Scotland's Past

Fogo Bridge was first constructed in 1641, and rebuilt in 1843. Crossing the Blackadder Water, it is still one of the main routes in and out of the village of Fogo. The bridge crosses the river in a single arch, and is built of sandstone rubble masonry.

There are sandstone panels on both the north and south parapets; the northern one bears the date of construction along with the initials I.C.M.D; a reference to James Cockburn of Chouslie and Marion Douglas, the parents of Sir James Cockburn of Ryslaw who built the bridge. This panel also bears the coat of arms of Sir James Cockburn of Ryslaw, and that of his wife, Marie Edmonstone, and a Latin inscription dedicating the bridge. The panel on the south parapet records repairs carried out in 1843.

Text prepared by RCAHMS as part of the Accessing Scotland's Past project at

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Archaeological Notes

NT74NE 1 76981 49203.

(NT 7698 4920) Fogo bridge is a single-span bridge, added to on the south side in modern times.
On the outer side of the north parapet there is an oramental panel bearing the inscription 'I.C.M.D. 1641', commemorating the parents of Sir James Cockburn, who built the bridge.
RCAHMS 1915, visited 1913.

Fogo bridge is as described above and is in good condition. A panel on the S side states "Repaired 1843"; a second panel on the north side also bears the date '1641'.
Visited by ODS(RD) 22 July 1970.

Books and References

Hume, J R (1976) The industrial archaeology of Scotland, 1, Lowlands and Borders London
Held at RCAHMS J.4.11.HUM

RCAHMS (1915) The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments and Constructions of Scotland. Sixth report and inventory of monuments and constructions in the county of Berwick, Revision Edinburgh
Page(s): 87-8, No.160 Plan, fig.83 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV(6)

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