Bonnytown Camp

Marching or Temporary Camps

Reconnaissance of Fife has revealed two camps, the first evidence of Roman campaigning between the estuaries of the Forth and Tay. … [Auchtermuchty] … Nineteen miles to E. of Auchermuchty, and only 1½ miles inland from the coast, a camp has been identified on the farm of Bonnytown (NO 546126), 3½ miles SE. of St. Andrews. The whole of the NE. side 950 ft. in length, at least 1,025 ft. of the SE. side, and the rounded E. and N. angles are known so far.” (St. Joseph, 1965)

The alleged camp at Bonnytown was recorded from the air by St Joseph in 1962 lying on level ground only 2.5km from the Fife coast at St Andrews Bay, and some 18km east of the nearest confirmed camp at Edenwood near Cupar. St Joseph conducted excavations on the south-east side and north angle in 1966, recording that the ditch on the south-east side was V-shaped, 1m wide and 0.45m deep, with a drain inserted exactly at the base of the ditch. Elsewhere on this side, the ditch was up to 0.9m deep. At the north angle, the ditch was also 1m wide and up to 0.7m deep.

References for Bonnytown Camp

  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.82.

Map References for Bonnytown Camp

NGRef: NO5412 OSMap: LR59

OS National Grid Reference: NO546126
Dimensions: 1,025+ x 950 ft (312+ x 290 m)
Area: >22¼ acres (>9 ha)

Roman Roads near Bonnytown Camp

None identified