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Old Bonar Bridge
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Old Bonar Bridge

This bridge was built in 1811/12 to the plan of Telford. It provided the first road link between Ross-shire and Sutherland but was destroyed by flood in 1892. Does anyone know anything about the sailing boat in the picture and/or a more accurate date for when the photo was taken?
Picture added on 23 February 2004
The sailing ship is a "Hermaphrodite Brig", so called because the sail plan is a mix between square sails (foremast) and fore-and-aft sails (aftermast). The fore-and-aft sails give maneuverability in different winds while the square sails give good speed downwind.
Added by Brian MacLeod on 10 June 2004
How could I get good photos/drawings/paintings of the Bonar Bridge - Old and New bridges? Also the Bonar Castle? Our family name is Bonar and we are from Iowa in the USA.
Added by Linda & Bob Bonar on 26 August 2005
Have a look at the 2nd picture here

there are some similarities
Added by Ross on 15 October 2006
Hello Linda and Bob. I can give you some images if you contact me by e-mail andrew_d_mackenzie 'at' hotmail.com.

On the castle, you must be thinking of Carbisdale Castle.

I have created the wikipedia page for Bonar (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonar_Bridge) where you can find more information on Bonar and linked to information about Carbisdale.

I'd be interested to hear the history of your surname.

Added by Andrew Mackenzie on 25 October 2008
My Great Grandfather Alexander Fergus ROSS was born in Tain 1842 to Mary (nee MACKAY) & John ROSS and was educated at Tain Royal Academy. His father a prominent shipowner and possible a farmer. Any Ideas were I could find any further information on either the any of these people?
Many Thanks

Added by Robin Tully on 21 December 2010
I think my ancestor James McPherson [great great great grandfather] was a Farmer at 'Maikel' in the very late 1790's and early 1800's. I wonder if this was also known as Meikle Ferry?
Added by Julie Kemp on 04 July 2014
This is Julie Kemp typing! I have since found that a James McPherson was a "Farmer, of Meikle Ferry, in the parish of Creich, Sutherland" - this description was given in the marriage registration record for his daughter, Isabella who married Angus McDonald, in Edinburgh, in Jan 1833.
I would very much like to hear from anybody who has some knowledge of my ancestor.
Added by Julie Kemp on 10 August 2014
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