Haughfoot Lodge Location in 1702
William Roy Military Survey of Scotland 1752-55
OS Map - 1853
We now move to the above OS map, dated 1853. Haughfoot is no longer shown as a place. It shows the Waverley Railway Line (opened in 1849). Although Haughhead has survived, the road that passed through Haughfoot is no longer shown. It is fairly clear that the Railway line now covers large sections of where the old Road originally was. On the 1755 Map, the Ford Marked No 4. to the South of Haughfoot is clearly exactly where a Railway bridge now is. I think it fair to assume that the Railway builders altered the course of the river here so that the bridge would cross it at right angles.
So if the buildings at Haughfoot still survivied just prior to the coming
of the Railway, it clearly would have had devastating consequences for
the survival of Haughfoot. It's main communication link would be gone.
Even if the Railway did not run right through Haughfoot, it was probably
too close for comfort. Brother Harry Carr speculated, in his book about
the Haughfoot Lodge, that the Meetings probably took place in an Inn or
Tavern. The loss of the Road would ruin that trade. Indeed it could also
be speculated that when the Turnpike opened in 1754, Haughfoot had already
become isolated from through traffic.