Glenlochar Camps

Marching or Temporary Camps

The Glenlochar Marching Camps

These camps probably represent a build up of Roman military in preparation for campaigns conducted against the Novantae tribe of the Galloway Peninsula, possibly during the fifth campaign season of governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola c.a.d.81. It is possible, however, that at least one of these camps was constructed during the Antonine period, at the same time the nearby fort underwent reconstruction.

Glenlochar Camp 1

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: 1,450 x 1,000 ft (442 x 305 m)
Area: 33¼ acres (13.5 ha)
Description: This large camp lies to the south-east of the fort.

Glenlochar Camp 2

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: 750 x 200 ft (229 x 61 m)
Area: c.3½ acres (c.1.4 ha)
Description: Apparently an annexe to Camp #1.

Glenlochar Camp 3

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: 1,050 x 900 ft (320 x 274 m)
Area: c.21¾ acres (c.8.8 ha)
Description: This large camp lies east of the fort.

Glenlochar Camp 4

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: ? ft (? m)
Area: ? acres (? ha)
Description: Camp known only from parts of 3 sides and 2 of its angles.

Glenlochar Camp 5

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: ? ft (? m)
Area: ? acres (? ha)
Description: Only fragmentary remains.

Glenlochar Camp 6

OS National Grid Reference: NX7364
Dimensions: ? ft (? m)
Area: ? acres (? ha)
Description: Remains only fragmentary.

There is another suspected Roman marching camp a little to the south-east at Dalbeattie.

References for Glenlochar Camps

Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) pp.60-1; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) pp.79/80.Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) pp.60-1; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) pp.79/80. Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) pp.60-1; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) pp.79/80.Air Reconnaissance of North Britain by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. xli (1951) pp.60-1; Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) pp.79/80.

Roman Roads near Glenlochar Camps

Possible Road: NE (20) to Dalswinton (Dumfries & Galloway)