|military road: NNE (5) to Maryport (Maryport, Cumbria)
Probable Military Road: S (6) to Gabrosentvm (Moresby, Cumbria)
The Burrow Walls fort forms a part of the 'Western Sea Defences', a line of forts and watch-towers strung along the north-western coastline of Cumbria from Bowness-on-Solway perhaps as far as Ravenglass, in effect a western extension of Hadrian's Wall.
|Praefectus numeri Pacensium Magis|
"The prefect of the Company of Pacenses [at] Magis"
|(Notitia Dignitatum xl.29; 4th/5th C.)|
The sole reference for the name of the Burrow Walls Roman fort is the Notitia Dignitatum of the fourth/fifth centuries, wherein the entry Magis can be found, between the entries for Maglona (Old Carlisle, Cumbria) and Longovicium (Lanchester, Durham); as one can appreciate, the association is tentative, to say the least.
Pacensis was the southernmost region of the Roman province of Lusitania, the area now corresponding to south Portugal which includes the modern capital Lisboa or Lisbon, in Roman times named Olisipo. The numerus was an irregular auxiliary unit of fairly small size, often part-mounted and usually armed with the traditional weapons peculiar to the tribe from which the unit was levied. The prefect in charge of the unit would probably have been a Roman career soldier, and not a native of Lusitania.
Only two inscriptions on stone have been uncovered from the Burrow Walls fort, the texts of both are shown here; for what good they are.
|... D... COII... ET FILIS EORVM AVRELIVS ET SECVNDVS MISC... ...|
"[...] D[...] cohort [...] and to the sons that Aurelius and Secundus stirred-up? [...]"
(RIB 806; altarstone)
|S L A N|
|S[olvit] L[ibens] A[nimo] N[oster]|
"Fulfilled willingly to revive our friend."