Brig O' Balgownie

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Brig O Balgownie, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8JQ

Local legend suggests that this bridge was started by Bishop Henry Cheyne in the late 13th or early 14th century and completed by Robert the Bruce. Whilst this may or may not be true, historical documents show that the bridge we see today was the result of rebuilding work in three phases in the early 17th century.


This was the main crossing on the Don leading to the north from Aberdeen and vice versa prior to the construction of the adjacent Bridge of Don in 1831. Today the Brig o’ Balgownie is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


It is situated over a deep pool known as the Black Neuk. It has attracted much interest from various sources and features in Byron’s poem, Don Juan.


“As 'Auld Lang Syne' brings Scotland, one and all,

Scotch plaids,Scotch snoods, the blue hills, and clear streams,

The Dee, the Don, Balgounie's brig's black wall,

All my boy feelings, all my gentler dreams

Of what I then dreamt, clothed in their own pall,

Like Banquo's offspring; - floating past me seems

My childhood in this childishness of mine:

I care not - 'tis a glimpse of 'Auld Lang Syne.'”


Don Juan Lord Byron 1788-1824

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