Above image shows the surviving stretch of the Roman rampart in Kincladie Wood on the north side of the camp. This is about 120m in length, and about 3m in width and up to 0.6m in height; its accompanying ditch is about 3.4m in width and 0.3m in depth.

This evening, I am posting information on evidence for a Roman Marching Camp at Dunning, Perthshire, Central Scotland. This site is located about half a mile outside Dunning on the left of the B935 road to Forteviot.

The remains shown in the above image represent the northern rampart of a fortified marching (short-term) camp which was enclosed within a shallow ditch and palisade constructed by Roman troops. Other pertinent information:

  • Probably dates from the Flavian campaigns of the AD 80s and as such may be contemporary with the Inchtuthil site 
  • Extended to 115 acres and deemed to be of the ‘Stracathro‘ class of camps.
  • The features shown herein are enclosed within Kincladie Wood, a 20 acre site of ancient woodland now managed by Dunning Community Trust.
  • The Dunning site is sometimes postulated as the site of the famous Battle of Mons Graupius which took place in AD 83 or AD 84, the actual location has long proved elusive. The place-name “Duncrub”, about one mile to the West of the camp, gives a possible hint as the possible site of the battle as Mons Graupius = Dorsum Crup = Duncrub. Furthermore, the local topography fits very well the description by the Roman historian,Tacitus who happened to be the son-in-law of the Roman Governor, Agricola being the general accredited with winning the battle. The Roman force may have been in the range 17,000-30,000 against 30,000 on the Caledonian (Pictish) side although these numbers cannot be verified. To put the timeline in context, the battle took place about eight hundred years prior to the Scots gaining control of what is now Scotland.

Artist’s illustration of the Roman Camp at Dunning