Bridge Of Teith

   BRIDGE OF TEITH, a village, in the late quoad sacra parish of Deanston, parish of Kilmadock, county of Perth, a short distance from Doune; containing 163 inhabitants. This place takes its name from a bridge over the river Teith, erected here in 1535, by Robert Spittel a descendant of Sir Maurice Buchanan, and who, having become a member of the order of Knights Hospitallers, obtained that name by way of distinction. Robert, who was tailor to James IV., having one day left home without providing himself with money, was refused a passage over the river by the ferryman; and is said to have erected this bridge, which is a substantial structure of two arches, in a spirit of retaliation, for the accommodation of the public. He was also the founder of the hospital at Stirling for the relief of decayed tradesmen. The village is neatly built, and chiefly inhabited by persons engaged in agriculture, or employed in the extensive works in the vicinity, for the establishment of which, the Teith, from its copious supply of water and its powerful falls, affords every advantage. A place of worship for members of the United Secession has been erected here; and near the bridge are some vestiges of one of the six chapels dependent on the monastery of Kilmadock.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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