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The course of this road can be seen on James Robertson's map of 1822 (western sheets) as a "romanum iter suppositum" running from Spittal of Glenshee through Braemar to near Tomintoul, then Cromdale.
The charters and other documents looked at here are also useful for more local routes although they often have their ambiguities.
A couple of fords are mentioned and some roads north of Elgin near Loch Spynie, particularly interesting as there had been a marine incursion that greatly increased the size of the loch and covered over an existing landscape that was revealed again when the loch was drained to its present much smaller size.
It is clear that there was quite a network of tracks in this area.
Kinloss Abbey, which was a Cistercian abbey founded in 1150 by David I as a daughter house of Melrose abbey and itself founded new houses at Culross and New Deer in the early 1200's, has a reference to the via regia between Forres and Elgin and a Blakeford which is difficult to identify.
Other Kinloss charters refer to a grant of Strathisla in Grange, Keith and Rothiemay parishes which while not specifically mentioning roads at least allows routes to be inferred.
Other theories are that it was made by the Comyns or that it was an abandoned military road.The parish boundary is about 500 metres south of the mount which accords with the wording that the mount was north of the "great boundary." The common highway would presumably have led from the settlement to the petary on a north-south alignment though whether this was along the coast or further to the east is unclear.Templebank must have been to the north of Loch Flemington.A charter for Urquhart abbey refers to a "grenegait" which was a local track near Garmouth, and a more interesting "king's road" that could point to a very old road running south from Urquhart.The abbey was Benedictine and founded by David I of Scotland in 1136 as a dependency of Dunfermline Abbey.
There was also a grant of land in Gamrie parish in Banffshire that mentions a highway.