Amido-bridged dinuclear cobalt(III) complexes with 1,4,7-triazacyclononane (tacn) were synthesized from [Co(tacn)(O3SCF3)3] by treatment with potassium amide in liquid ammonia at 100 degrees C. Two isomeric triply bridged complexes, [(tacn)Co(mu-NH2)3Co(tacn)]3+ and [(tacn)Co(mu-NH2)2[mu-tacn(-H)]Co(NH3)]3+, were isolated as perchlorates, and the crystal structure of the perrhenate of the latter complex was determined by X-ray diffraction. In this compound a nitrogen atom (deprotonated) from one of the tacn ligands forms a third bridge together with two amido bridges. In 1.0 M (Na,H)ClO4 ([H+] 0.1-1.0 M) the two isomers undergo acid-accelerated amido bridge cleavage, as earlier found for chromium(III) analogues, in spite of the fact that such bridges are co-ordinatively saturated. The triamido-bridged isomer is in this acid medium in equilibrium with [(H2O)(tacn)Co(mu-NH2)2Co(tacn)(NH3)]4+. An isolated perchlorate of this complex appeared to be the salt of the trans-ammineaqua isomer as determined by X-ray diffraction. Equilibration from both sides fits the first-order rate constant dependence k(obs)=6.2(3) x 10(-5)[H+] + 2.1(2) x 10(-5)(s(-1)) at 40 degrees C. Prolonged treatment of the two triply bridged isomers in 1.0 M HClO4 at elevated temperature produces primarily triply bridged dinuclear species where one or two amido bridges have been replaced by hydroxo bridges.