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Bridge of Dee
The Bridge of Dee or Brig o' Dee is a road bridge over the River Deemarker in Aberdeenmarker, Scotlandmarker. The term is also used for the surrounding area of the city. Dating from 1527, the bridge crosses at what was once the City of Aberdeen's southern boundary. This was the site of a battle in 1639 between the Royalists under Viscount Aboyne and the Covenanters who were led by the Marquess of Montrose and Earl Marischal.

The Bridge of Dee is approximately 30 feet (10 m) above typical water height and consists of seven nearly semicircular ribbed arches, built using granite and Elginmarker sandstone. Today the bridge carries the main A90 roadmarker into Aberdeen from the south.

History

The bridge was built following a bequest of £20,000 by Bishop William Elphinstone who died in 1514. The bridge was completed by Bishop Gavin Dunbar. It was nearly all rebuilt 1718-23, and in 1841 was widened from 14 to 26 feet (from four to eight metres) under the direction of Aberdeen City Architect John Smith. Smith also designed the Shakkin' Briggiemarker, and worked on the Bridge of Don with Telford and Wellington Bridge with Captain Samuel Brown.

Until 1832, this was the only access to the city from the south. The bridge still features the original 16th-century piers, coats of arms and passing places.

See also

Transport in Aberdeen

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