Major William Caulfeild
|The Bridge of Orchy|
William Caulfeild rose from relative obscurity, albeit the grandson of a Viscount, to be one of the most important figures in the history of the road network in the Scottish Highlands. In 1732 he was appointed as inspector of roads under General George Wade, and so responsible for the military road network that Wade had instigated in the Scottish Highlands. He remained in post until his death in 1767, his legacy seeing somewhere around 700 miles of road built and over 600 bridges.
Some of the main roads which Caulfeild was responsible for include:
- The road from Stirling to Fort William, now followed by the A84, A85 and A82
- A number of routes across Argyll, inluding the Loch Lomond section of the A82, the Rest and be Thankful and the A819 route.
- The road out to Glenelg, now followed by the A87, including the Mam Ratagan Pass
- The road north through the Cairngorms to Fort George, now followed by the A93 and A939.
List of Crossings
|Crossing||On Road||Opening Date|
|Bridge of Dava||A939|
|Bridge of Orchy||C63 (Argyll)|
|Little Garve Bridge|
|White Bridge (Cawdor)||B9090|
|White Bridge (Whitebridge)||B862|
|Major William Caulfeild|