List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
ANCIENT TERRACES [Boreland] Terraces Revd. [Reverend] Mr Charteris Newlands
Mr Blacklock Schoolmaster Newlands
008 [Situation] About 3/8 of a Mile E.N.E. [East North East] from Boreland

A great many artificially made banks of earth on the side of a hill and on the East side of the road from Newlands Church to Noblehall. It is not Known in the locality what caused them to be made there as there is no tradition Concerning them. It is Conjectured that they were made for the accommodation of people to stand or sit on them for the purpose of Viewing some sports in the Valley below, but that is Only Conjectured The Revd. [Reverend] Mr Charteris says that Mr Robert Chambers came to see them but could not immagine what they were made for, There are three old encampments in the immediate Neighbourhood. The Terraces very much resemble the steps of a Theatre Gallery. so that it would seem they were not in any way used as a means of defence.

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Parish of Newlands -- Sheet 8 No 6 -- Trace 6

[Note] -- "Between two and three miles to the north
of Lyne Station, at a place called Romana or Romano, there
is a very remarkable hill on the declivity of which extend, for
more than a mile a series of Seventeen or Eighteen terraces rising
above each other, And resembling, on a Small Scale, the parallel
roads of Glenroy: each of those giant steps, as they may be called,
vary both in height and breadth, from fifteen to twenty feet
And may be distinguished as a distance of four or five Miles.
From the Circumstance that Similar terraces are to be found in the vicinity of other Stations,
it has been Conjectured that Some relation had existed between them; it is difficult however,
to form any idea of the object which the Romans could have had in view in the construction of
such laborious works; And we should rather be inclined to suppose that they belong to
an earlier Period than the age of the Cesars and that they are in some Manner connected
with the religious Ceremonies of the Druids. Accident may have led to the Establishment
of Roman Stations in the vicinity of the heights in question; or the well-known Enmity
of her invaders to the native Priesthood of Britain may perhaps have actuated them
to forward its extinction, by raising their standards amid the very ashes of her Sacred groves;
at all events, we Cannot perceive that those terraces have Anything in Common with the
general characteristics of Roman military works; nor can they be at all connected, we
think, with the name of Romana or with the Station at Lyne, which General Roy
inserts in his Map as the Corda of Ptolemy". -- "Caledonia Romana" Page 155

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See also pages 33 and 34.

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