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TITLE
General Wade's Bridge, Spean Bridge
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0065
PLACENAME
Spean Bridge
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmonivaig
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31952
KEYWORDS
postcards
bridges
Jacobites
General Wade's Bridge, Spean Bridge

This postcard from 1941 shows General Wade's Bridge at Spean Bridge.

Known as High Bridge, this bridge over the River Spean was built in 1736 as part of the military road building scheme undertaken by Lieutenant General Wade for the government.

The bridge, a major engineering achievement, is 80 feet above the water. The three spans were 40 feet, 50 feet wide and 40 feet wide

High Bridge was the scene of the first shot fired in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Donald Macdonald of Tirnadris with eleven men of Keppoch and a piper met at the inn at High Bridge to prevent the advance of two companies of Royal Scots. In order to make the redcoats think the place was heavily defended the piper played his loudest and the men spread out among the bushes making as much noise as possible. The redcoats fled but more of Keppoch's men arrived and set off in pursuit. Five redcoats were killed and the others were wounded or surrendered.

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General Wade's Bridge, Spean Bridge

INVERNESS: Kilmonivaig

1940s

postcards; bridges; Jacobites

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard from 1941 shows General Wade's Bridge at Spean Bridge.<br /> <br /> Known as High Bridge, this bridge over the River Spean was built in 1736 as part of the military road building scheme undertaken by Lieutenant General Wade for the government.<br /> <br /> The bridge, a major engineering achievement, is 80 feet above the water. The three spans were 40 feet, 50 feet wide and 40 feet wide<br /> <br /> High Bridge was the scene of the first shot fired in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745. Donald Macdonald of Tirnadris with eleven men of Keppoch and a piper met at the inn at High Bridge to prevent the advance of two companies of Royal Scots. In order to make the redcoats think the place was heavily defended the piper played his loudest and the men spread out among the bushes making as much noise as possible. The redcoats fled but more of Keppoch's men arrived and set off in pursuit. Five redcoats were killed and the others were wounded or surrendered.