Brig o' Doon

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The Brig o' Doon

The Brig o' Doon is a late medieval bridge in Ayrshire, Scotland. It is used as the setting for the final verse of the Robert Burns's poem Tam o' Shanter. In this scene Tam is on horseback and is being chased by Nannie the witch. He is just able to escape her by crossing the bridge (over a running stream) narrowly avoiding her attack as she is only able to grab the horse's tail which comes away in her hands. - "The carlin caught her by the rump and left puir Meg wi' scarce a stump." In the stone at the summit of the Brig is a grooved circle - legend has it that it was Meg's footprint.

The bridge is located near Alloway and crosses the River Doon. It was rebuilt in the 18th century. The Burns monument is nearby.

The bridge is allegedly the inspiration for the name of the musical 1947 Brigadoon by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.[citation needed]

Today, the bridge features on the 2007 series of £5 notes issued by the Bank of Scotland, alongside the statue to Robert Burns that is located in Dumfries.[1]

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The Reverend Hamilton Paul and noteworthy others raised a petition to the council to save the bridge from being used as a quarry to build a new bridge across the Doon water


  1. ^ "Current Banknotes : Bank of Scotland". The Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 

Coordinates: 55°25′33″N 4°38′13″W / 55.425882°N 4.636831°W / 55.425882; -4.636831