List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
CROMWELL'S WIT E. Cromwell's Wit
Wm. Bishop
Jas. Cochrane Esq
010 About 20 chains W. by S. of Harburn Estate This name applies to a small portion of a field on Harburn Estate traditionally said to mar[k] the spot where Oliver Cromwe[ll] planted his colours while res[ting?] in his victorious career throug[h] Scotland. As it is so rem[otely?] situated, the tradition is a[lmost?] lost, and the name is on[ly] retained as applying to a portion of the field west of the plantati[on.] A short distance south of th[is?] plantation, about 45 years ago [10 erased?]12[?] stone coffins were disco[vered] and about 5 years ago three were excavated. It is suppos[ed] they were deposited there by [the] Romans, during the time they o[ccupied?] the camp a mile southward
Site of CAMP [Cromwell's Wit] See Transcriber's notes 010

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A second hand has written across the first five columns below Cromwell's Wit:
'On the west part of Hayfield estate there was a few years ago, the remains of an old camp known by the name of Cromwell-wit. This is now converted into a cornfield and it remains altogether uncertain whether the name was given as a mark of Cromwell's understanding in the choice of the situation or as a proof of his folly; although the last appears more probable' Sinclair's Stat. Acct vol. 18 P. 196

Transcriber's notes

Note that the List of Names column has CROMWELL'S WIT with no E. following.
In the Descriptive Remarks column 'long granite stone or boulder' has been scored out after 'This name applies to a' [see Cromwell's Stone].
Again the binding obscures some of the right hand side which has had to be reconstructed at times.
The number of stone coffins should probably read 12 rather than what appears to be 2, as 3 were later excavated. Page 109 later confirms this.
'Site of Camp' appears in brackets beneath Cromwell's Wit in the Orthography column and nowhere else.

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