Forfar’s townhouse is positioned beside the former site of its Market Cross, removed in 1799 because of traffic congestion. However, WAS’s report indicates that it remained a market site. Today, the sharp-eyed will spot a small metal cross in the tarmac of the road junction at the south-east corner of the townhouse.
Walter’s mention of the smith of Cairnvreckan is a literary reference to the massively popular Waverley by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1814. That fictitious encounter results in smith Mucklewrath threatening Waverley with a red-hot iron; Waverley’s pistol-shot in self-defence wounds the smith. Certainly a contrast with a peaceful signposting mission!