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WALTON The locality of Waltoun however affords a sufficient ground of conviction that though evidently the site of a Roman Fort or Station it neither found the termination of the wall nor stood upon its track as instead of being situated close upon the shore of the Frith in the line of direction obviously taken by the wall from Kinneil to Grange and thereby completing the line of defence, it diverges towards the south at a considerable angle to the distance of about a mile over irregular ground and affords no advantage that could recommend it as the last Station of so elaborate a work. Besides Walton instead of being two miles as it ought to be according to Bedes account is about four miles from Abercorn and instead of being derived from the "Penneltum" of Bede or from any relation it had to the wall the name seems to trace its origin to a noted well or fountain of water that was constructed there to supply the military posted at the station and which in the memory of the present tenant of the farm went by the name of the Roman Well pronounced Scottice Wall, having been filled up above fifty years ago; and where still at a little distance from the former reservoir an unfailing supply of excellent water at all seasons is delivered from a square stone built conduit large enough to receive the body of a man. -- New Stat. Acct. [Statistical Account] of Linlithgowshire page 66.

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[Walton -- See also page 54]

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