East Learmouth Temporary Camp
Marching or Temporary Camps
The Roman camp at East Learmouth most likely dates to the late-1st century, possibly around 78/79AD during the campaigns of governor Agricola , or may possibly be dated to the tenure of governor Quintus Lollius Urbicus, c. A.D.140, but this later date is far less likely. Both dates are suppositions only, and unfortunately, cannot be proven. There are other camps to the west at Carham and to the north at Norham. Another camp lies in Borders Region just across the English/Scottish border at Wooden (NT7433).
The modern name dates back only to the 12th century where it first appeared in a document dated 1177AD in which it was spelled Leuremue; an Old English name meaning ‘mouth of the stream where rushes grow’, from the OE words laefer (= ‘rushes’) + mutha (= ‘mouth’).
References for East Learmouth Camp
- Roman Camps in England – The Field Archaeology by the R.C.H.M.E.;
- The Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names by A.D. Mills (Oxford 1991).
Map References for East Learmouth Camp
NGRef: NT8736 OSMap: LR74
Roman Roads near East Learmouth Camp