The Bedford Memorial Bridge

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Walter A Smith mentions the drowning of a Cambridge tutor in Glen Tilt (Listen to Day 4) and arrangements being made for a bridge. The very next year, the Bedford Memorial Bridge was positioned over the Tarf Water just below the Falls of Tarf. On it, the plaque reads: "This bridge was erected in 1886 with funds contributed by his friends and others and by The Scottish Rights of Way Society Ltd to commemorate the death of Francis John Bedford, aged 18, who was drowned near here on 25th August 1879". He had died trying to ford the Tarf. Queen Victoria made the same crossing in 1861 on a pony - those who led her steed had been almost up to their oxters in the water.