RB - 055 Doonfoot Stores

Cross the busy A719 to Doonfoot Stores on the other side. On the side wall of the store there is a plaque, now almost unreadable, which was taken from the first Doonfoot, (or Greenan), Bridge. The plaque reads;

 

‘This bridge of Greenan was built by the Earl of Cassillis, Anno Dom. 1772… Masons Adam Smith and James Armour’  

RB - 056 Plaque - 1772

It is traditionally assumed that this James Armour was the Mauchline mason who later became Robert Burns’ father-in-law, and that this Adam Smith was Armour’s father-in-law. The bridge of 1772 was replaced by the present bridge in 1861.