Gartchonzie Bridge was built over Eas Gobhain in 1777 by the Crieff mason Peter McInnes after the 1745 Jacobite uprising. Although following instructions from the Commissioners of Forfeited Estates as part of the improvements to Gartchonzie Farm, McInnes decided to add his own twist to the bridge. It is reputed that the builder had Jacobite sympathies and decided to erect a plaque hidden from view. The plaque faces the river to make reading of the inscription difficult but it is still there on the upstream side of the bridge and can be read without too much effort.
The plaque is in English and Latin and reads:-
This building erected AD 1777
His Majesty Gave in aid to it out of the annexed Estates £10 str.
The Latin loosely translates as 'Travellers can safely pass on the benefit to remember the troops.'
The bridge achieved renown in more recent times in the 1959 version of 'The 39 Steps' starring Kenneth More as Richard Hannay and Taina Elg as Fisher.
The story has recently been included in the Octgober/November edition of the Ben Ledi View community newspaper along with bother interesting facts about the Callander area. For more information visit the website at www.benlediview.co.uk
If you are staying in one of our self-catering holiday cottages in Callander or the surrounding area why not consider a walk around the Callander area and take in the Gartchonzie Bridge to see if you can spot Garchonzie’s ‘secret plaque’.