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28th May 1912.
Today I have completed the survey of
Kirkcudbright, with the exception of some
cairns near Creetown, not marked on the map,
and concerning which I have not yet sufficient
information to lead me to judge whether I
must seek them out or not. [Inserted note 1] It has taken,
I think, about four months to do, and that
relieved of the architectural monuments now
being examined by Messrs. MacGibbon & Watson.
I do not like to estimate the time it will it take
me to visit everything in Dumfries-shire but
I fear me more than this summer, as it
is a large county and its monuments are
much scattered. There are over 260 forts
alone to be inspected but I am starting with
tracings, of every one obtainable, from the 25"
O.S. [Ordnance Survey] map pasted into two small notebooks
arranged in parishes & numbered according
to my list. This arrangement will be of vast
assistance in enabling me to check the ac:
:curracy & completeness of the O.S. [Ordnance Survey] plans,
also to get at a glance the configuration
of the fort, a great aid in framing my
descriptions. Any detail omitted should be easily
added with a plan before me.

[Opposite page. Inserted note 1]
The monuments referred to do not exist. Their sites
are marked on the map and by inadvertence
they were noted on my list as extant.

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