Falkirk Fort

Roman Fort

This Antonine Wall fort of around 3 acres (c.1.2 ha) lies in the Pleasance suburb of Falkirk and exhibits two occupation phases.

There is only one inscription on stone from Falkirk recorded in the R.I.B., which reads simply FECIT or “This was made.” (RIB 2143); not very helpfull.

Among the Roman artifacts recovered from the site is a piece of woven checked material made from strands of different shades of natural (i.e. not dyed) wool; early evidence of a Caledonian tartan?

The only closely-dateable pottery evidence is a piece of decorated Form 31 stamped by the Antonine potter ANNIVS. MacDonald unearthed a cryptic report of 1880 which purported to have recovered terra sigilata bearing the stamp NOCTVRN•F contemporaries of which have been found at Newstead.

Only two coins have been recovered from the Falkirk area, a denarius of Domitian found in the hypocaust of the bath-house, and an unstratified as of Antoninus Pius, now lost.

References for Falkirk

  • The Roman Wall in Scotland by Sir George MacDonald (Oxford, 2nd Ed. 1934) pp.214-6;
  • The Roman Inscriptions of Britain by R.G. Collingwood and R.P. Wright (Oxford 1965);
  • The Roman Occupations of Scotland by B.R. Hartley in Britannia iii (1972) pp.1-55;
  • A Survey of the Coin Finds from the Antonine Wall by Richard Abdy in Britannia xxxiii (2002) pp.189-217.

Roman Roads near Falkirk

Antonine Wall: E (2.25) to Mvmrills (Central) Antonine Wall: W (1.25) to Watling Lodge (Central)