The bridge in question used to be one designed by Dumfriesshire's own Thomas Telford. It was erected in 1818 to cross the River Annan
on the former main road between Carlisle and Glasgow.
In 1939 Telford's crossing was demolished and replaced by another.
There are no prizes for guessing that this was Johnstone territory once upon a time.
The name is ubiquitous: the parish is Johnstone and the principal place of worship
Johnstone parish kirk, built in 1819 but incorporating part of an earlier kirk of the 1740s.
A bell at the kirk is said to have come from the old Johnstone stronghold, Lochwood Tower near Beattock.
To the north-west, the grand sandstone mansion of Raehills overlooking the Kinnel Water
was built in the 1780s and enlarged in the 1830s. It too is said to have re-cycled decorative
features from Lochwood Tower.
St Ann's Bridge next to the Raehills estate entrance was put up across the Kinnel in 1795 and widened in 1817.