A white lady was said to haunt Kirkdale Bridge. The Bridge dates from around 1787 and was designed by Robert Adam. The bridge was not built to the grandeur of his original plan, which was more of a ‘neo-Egyptian extravaganza’ and was instead built to be un-decorative and at less cost.
There is a ‘tradition about a gypsy killing a woman near Kirkdale Bridge. At twelve o’clock at night, it is said, the ghost of a woman with half of her head cut off, and all clad in white, appears at Kirkdale Bridge, and slowly wends its way along the road and disappears by the wooded pathway leading to Kirkdale Bank. This apparition is firmly believed in by folks in that locality.’ [Witchcraft and Superstitious Record in the South-Western District of Scotland by J Maxwell Wood, 1911]