At the date of my visit this cist had been emptied to a depth of nearly two feet. Possibly the spirit of research had been whetted by a tradition - well known in the district - that the cairn concealed a bullock's hide filled with gold. Be that as it may, all that rewarded the searchers was a fragment or two of whitish clay.
[..] It is of interest to note that some of the pieces of clay bear distinct impressions of the finger .. no doubt made when the soft clay was pressed in position.
No one can fail to regret that this fine old cairn should have lasted through those untold ages - only to be plundered for road metal.
'Notice of the discovery of a stone-age cist in a large cairn at Stroanfreggan, parish of Dalry, Kirkcudbrightshire' by John Corrie, in PSAS May 8th, 1911.