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List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
INTRENCHMENT [natural, nr Strone T.P.] Intrenchment
Rev [Reverend] Dr. [Doctor] McFarlan, Arroquhar
Peter McGregor, Glenmallan
Robert Campbell, Arroquhar
007 An artificial intrenchment on the side of a very steep hill on the side of "Loch Long", about ½ a mile from "Strone T.P." [Turn Pike]. The principal ditch is nearly 20 chains in length, of an average breadth of 10 feet and a depth of 4. The earth has been thrown up from the ditch so as to form a considerable embankment in front, which would completly screen from view any person behind it. At its Northern extremity, which seems to have been the entrance to it, it is close to the Loch and on comparatively flat ground. Proceeding Southwards, where its formation is more perfect, it ascends the hill till it terminates in two ditches coming to a point. At this part the hillside is very steep. It is evidently of very ancient construction, though nothing is known relating to it by the people in the neighbourhood, to whom it is well known as the French Rig, though for what reason they cannot explain. Neither is there any account of it in the extracts relating to the Parish.
Upon referring it to the Rev [Reverend] Dr. [Doctor] McFarlan of Arroquhar, he is of opinion that it may be in connection with the expedition of Haco, King of Norway who in the Winter of 1262-3, and previous to the Battle of
Contd. [Continued on page 6]

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Co. [County] Dumbarton

[In left hand margin:]
It is my opinion
after a minute examination
of this object on the
ground that it has
been formed by the
natural action of
water down the Hill
side. There are
several places in the
Hill face higher up
where the same hollowing
out by water may be
seen, although the object
in question is the
more continuous and
most artificial looking
J. Bayly
Major RE [Royal Engineers]

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