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This print is from a series of pictures entitled "The Land of the Leal" (pronounced LE AL) meaning the "heavenly place". When looking at a regional map one day, when I lived in Edinburgh, I wondered what if anything was left of the places then marked as “ruin” or “castle” - the ones usually well off the beaten track and often miles from anything – and therefore not your local tourist attractions. As it happened, sometimes there was no more than a mound of grass and some stones.
The “Royal Society for Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings” helped me with locating some sites. It was while talking to them that I discovered that most are effectively left as they are until time takes its toll. They become, like so many; grassy mounds and rubble.
At best, for most, their location is recorded, perhaps a rough sketch made, perhaps a dodgy snapshot taken of the site and that’s that. There are often no resources to visit a place again.
So as well as an artistic exercise I intended to record these mostly forgotten and disappearing places in my own way. Often I did not know what, if anything, would be left of them when I got there....but sometimes there was.
Places like these here that made the hikes and sometimes overnight camps worthwhile.
Despite the time of year (August – February) I remember the really stable bright and sunny weather on most days. They were always invariably peaceful and quiet days.
Thus the title, “The Land of the Leal” – the place of the faithful; heaven.

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