This evening, I am posting information on Rough Castle, one of the 26 forts on the Antonine Wall which stretches for some 37 miles across the Forth-Clyde isthmus in Scotland.

The Antonine Wall was completed about AD 142 and was occupied for some 20 years until the Romans retreated back to the line of Hadrian’s some 100 miles south.

Rough Castle was the second smallest fort on the Wall and covered an area of abour 0.4 ha. The ramparts and ditches are reasonably well preserved and there is an intersting ‘minefield’ as shown in this video clip. This comprised camouflaged, shallow pits in which were embedded sharpened stakes. This feature was known as lilia due to resemblance to lily pads.

A link with a particular Roman soldier has been found at Rough Castle in the form of an alter dedicated to Victory by cohors VI Nerviorum which records that Flavius Betto, a centurion seconded from the XX Valeria Victrix at Chester commanded this auxiliary unit.

The Rough Castle site is easily accessible from Bonnybridge and affords the visitor a useful overview of both fort and Wall, both of which being in a relatively good state of preservation at this point.

This image shows the fort’s defensive ramparts.


View of Antonine Wall.

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