Although the bronze ‘Brigger’ memorials, placed at both North and South Queensferry near the landfalls of the world-famous rail bridge, bear the legend: ‘To the Briggers, past and present, who built, restored and continue to maintain this iconic structure’, they commemorate, in particular, the 73 workers who died during its construction (1883-1890), and the bronzes carry their names.
The memorials were unveiled in 2012 by then First Minister Alex Salmond, and marked the conclusion of a 10-year restoration of the bridge by Network Rail and Balfour Beattie.
One of the inscribed names is that of 14-year-old Thomas Shannon, who, as a rivet catcher, had to place red-hot rivets into their holes. Thomas would have worked in a rivet cage suspended from beneath the bridge. The structure has 6.5 million of such rivets.