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Inside Garnethill Synagogue.

This evening, I am posting information on Garnethill Synagogue in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland.

Summary facts and information as follows:

  • Opened in 1879 to replace an earlier and smaller synagogue in George Street. At this time the population of Jews in Glasgow city was barely 1000.This was prior to a big uplift in Jewish migration to Scotland in the 1890s.

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Regimental Bath-House at Bearsden Roman Fort on the Antonine Wall.

This evening, I am focusing on the Roman Bath-House at Bearsden, about six miles north of  Glasgow, S.W. Scotland. This was discovered as recently as 1973. Location is on the appropriately named Roman Road which follows the line of the Roman Military Way, a communication line for the Antonine Wall.

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Artist’s impression of Bar Hill Roman Fort.

This evening, I am focusing on the fort  at Barr Hill which sits approximately in the middle of the Antonine Wall which served as the northern frontier of the Roman Empire from around AD 142 to AD 164.  The Wall  ran across the ‘waist’ of Scotland from Carriden in the east to Old Kilpatrick in the west along which were interspersed some 18 forts, one of which being that at Bar Hill (or Barr Hill). The fort included standard features: a H.Q.building, granaries, bathhouse, latrine, barrack blocks and praetorium ( residence) for the garrison commander.
Inscriptions indicate that Barr Hill was garrisoned by cohors 1 Hamiorum, a Syrian archer unit and later by cohors 1 Baetasiorum from the Rhine.

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