The eyelet connection between the hangers and the main cable chains, shown on the left, is similarly delightful in its simplicity (if clearly unsuitable for any more significant bridge).
The Shakkin' Brig at Edzell isn't a startling design, nor an especially historically significant structure. Its lack of Shakkiness is really rather disappointing.
But it's a fine example of robust vernacular construction (it would seem almost a shame to query who the designer was). It's also a good example of the continuing relevance of the suspension bridge form to relatively tiny spans (for other examples of similar historical vintage see the bridges of Louis Harper or David Rowell).
Update 1 May 2009:
I'm told by ex-US Navy Seabee Robert Deese that the bridge was rebuilt in the mid-90s, by a four-man team, essentially replacing all the timber (which was rotten) with new pressure and chemically treated wood. So, the current design dates at least from before then. According to Robert:
"The rebuild was requested by the village because the bridge was unsafe. We supplied the labor at no charge and the village paid for the materials. The job was completed in 4 weeks right in the middle of winter. I had to take a swim twice to recover tools that dropped in the river. Man was that water cold!"