Marching or Temporary Camps
Bellie Camp is probably a Temporary Marching Camp. The probable camp at Bellie was first recorded by Macfarlane in his Geographical Collections (1726, in Mitchell 1906) and also in Chalmers Caledonia, based on information from Colonel Imrie in 1799 (1807: i, 129). Only the eastern defences of this camp survive, the west side having been eroded by the River Spey. The east side was sectioned in 1967 and was found to consist of a 975 ft. (297 m) length of defensive ditch with a Punic profile, 7 ft. wide and 3 ft. deep (2.1 x 0.9 m). The rampart was faced by a turf wall built upon a base of flat sandstone slabs about 2½ ft. (75 cm) wide. The ditches were allowed to silt-up naturally, indicating that the camp was simply abandoned.
References for Bellie Camp
- Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1965-1968 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lix (1969) p.113;
- D.E.S. 1984 p.12;
- Britannia xvii (1986) p.370;
- D.E.S. 1986 p.11.
Map References for Bellie Camp
OS National Grid Reference: NJ355613
Dimensions: 1,200 x 900? ft (366 x 274? m)
Area: c.24¾ acres? (c.10 ha?)
Roman Roads near Bellie Camp