The paper is particularly useful as an example of how such analysis can throw light on the development of early routes before advances in road making, drainage etc made dependence on geography much less.
examines how the geographical features of the area such as the Lochar Moss, possible fording points, gaps in the hills etc and its history, particularly in relation to Galloway, determined the routes that developed, as well as the siting of defensive works and the growth of Dumfries.
A., III 31 25 (3) The Tweedsmuir Road, Bailey, H., III 31 27 (4) From Castledykes (Corbiehall) to Crawford, Radford, C. Details of its construction at three separate locations are given.
The writer notes that the road is more difficult to trace south of Moffat because of cultivation.
The author lists these discoveries and discusses the extent to which the Romans might have penetrated further into Upper Nithsdale and to the west.
Looking at a possible route to the west from Carronbridge he notes a tradition that a road ran westwards up the Shinnel Water near to Tynron, over to Dalquhair (NX6599) and Polwhat Rig (NS6002).