Bridge of Earn (Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Èireann) is a little town in Perthshire, Scotland.
Often referred to helpfully as ‘The Brig’ (Scots for ‘bridge’). The village grew up on the south bank of an important crossing of the River Earn, whose sandstone bridge existed from at least the in advance 14th century, when it is known to have been repaired by order of King Robert I of Scotland (1306–1329) (site: NO 133 185). Substantial remains of the medieval bridge (rendered redundant by a replacement, still in use, slightly upstream in 1821-22) survived into the 1970s, when almost anything the stonework was demolished, for (allegedly) being in a dangerously ruinous condition. This ancient bridge was a major landmark upon the road between Edinburgh (39 miles south) and Perth (4 miles north) for several centuries. The village’s oldest houses are to be found lining the road (Back Street/Old Edinburgh Road) leading south from the site of the demolished bridge. Among them are some taking into consideration 18th-century datestones.
The ruined Old Bridge of Earn (and part of the village) are featured in the 1857 painting Sir Isumbras at the Ford by John Everett Millais (1829–1896), who often stayed at approachable Perth. There is along with an to come 19th-century lithograph showing the structure as given in Sketches of Scenery in Perthshire by David Octavius Hill (1802–1870).