NS3181 : Old milestone in Craigendoran

taken 8 years ago, near to Craigendoran, Argyll And Bute, Great Britain

Old milestone in Craigendoran
Old milestone in Craigendoran



The milestone stands beside Cardross Road, the main road through Craigendoran: NS3181 : Cardross Road, Craigendoran. A mile to the south-east is another milestone built to the same pattern (NS3280 : Old milestone at Colgrain), and there is another NS2783 : Old milestone at Rhu. All of these stones were set up before 1860.

They feature the spelling Dunbarton (rather than Dumbarton) because the Commissioners of Supply, and the Trustees for the Turnpike Roads, who had oversight of such matters, were drawn from the country gentry, who appear to have been attracted to the mock antiquity of the spelling (although they were not entirely consistent: NS4174 : Old milestone at Dumbuck).

[Much earlier, the minister James Oliphant (NS3975 : The gravestone of James Oliphant) had given the "Dun-" variant an air of respectability by employing it (for both the burgh and the county) in the Old Statistical Account (1792).]

However, it was only considerably later (in the 1930s) that a County Clerk persuaded the OS to use the "Dun-" spelling for the county name [see pages 47 and 92-94 of I M M MacPhail's "Lennox Lore" (1987)].

Not far away, an old NS3477 : Old milestone in Cardross is, despite appearances, essentially the same. The metal part has simply been set in front of a wall rather than in front of a stone structure built specially for it.
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Friday, 13 April, 2012   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 18 April, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3123 8139 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:59.7410N 4:42.4570W
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