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TITLE
The River Meig at Bridgend, Strathconon
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_1323
PLACENAME
Strathconon
DISTRICT
Muir of Ord
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Contin
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
33251
KEYWORDS
postcards
Ross-shire
Ross and Cromarty
rivers
bridges
tributaries
reservoirs
valleys
estates
Clearances
The River Meig at Bridgend, Strathconon

This postcard shows the River Meig and the old bridge at Bridgend, Strathconon. The River Meig is a tributary of the River Conon which flows through Strathconon to join the Cromarty Firth near Conon Bridge. Its waters form part of the Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme developed between 1946 and 1961. The building of dams on the River Meig and the River Conon resulted in the formation of the Meig Reservoir.

There is evidence that humans have lived in the Strathconon valley since the Bronze Age but in the 1840s the valley was cleared by its owners, the Balfour family, to make way for sheep. Around 500 people are said to have been displaced, some to neighbouring estates and some to the Black Isle. During the 1850s Strathconon estate became noted for its deer forest.

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The River Meig at Bridgend, Strathconon

ROSS: Contin

1940s

postcards; Ross-shire; Ross and Cromarty; rivers; bridges; tributaries; reservoirs; valleys; estates; Clearances

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows the River Meig and the old bridge at Bridgend, Strathconon. The River Meig is a tributary of the River Conon which flows through Strathconon to join the Cromarty Firth near Conon Bridge. Its waters form part of the Conon Hydro-Electric Power Scheme developed between 1946 and 1961. The building of dams on the River Meig and the River Conon resulted in the formation of the Meig Reservoir.<br /> <br /> There is evidence that humans have lived in the Strathconon valley since the Bronze Age but in the 1840s the valley was cleared by its owners, the Balfour family, to make way for sheep. Around 500 people are said to have been displaced, some to neighbouring estates and some to the Black Isle. During the 1850s Strathconon estate became noted for its deer forest.