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Corra Linn

Corra Linn

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.12

Item number: 3

Length: 13.1

Width: 17.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

“The Fall of Corehouse, or Corra Linn, is about a mile below that of Bonnington, and within a mile and a half of Lanark. Corra Linn and the estate of Corehouse, lying along the left side of the Clyde above and below the fall, are supposed to have taken their name from Corra, an ancient Caledonian Princess, who was dashed to destruction by the leap of her palfry over the cliff into the cataract


Corra Fall makes a total descent of 84 feet, but it achieves this in a series – first a fall of a few feet, next a fall of about 30 feet, next a tumultuous rapid of about 30 yards, next a grand and concluding leap. The sweep of Barbank around it is a magnificent amphitheatre, rocky, intricate, and romantic, rising in some parts to the height of 120 feet, and everywhere shagged with wood. It is the most picturesque of the falls, unexcelled in richness by anything in Scotland, and by few in the world; it has been more sung by poets, and studied by painters, than any other spot in the kingdom.”

Descriptive letterpress, from 'Photographs of the Clyde'

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