Inveresk Marching Camp

Marching or Temporary Camp

Inveresk Camp 1

OS National Grid Reference: NT349711
Dimensions: 1,500 x 1,550+ ft (457 x 472+ m)
Area: c.53¼ acres (c.21.6 ha)
Description: This large camp measures about 1,500 ft. from north-west to south-east, by at least 1,550 ft. transversely, enclosing an area of about 53¼ acres. The scarp of the river Esk offers protection along its north and north-western sides, and the eastern side was defended by the Howe Mire, in former times an extensive peat bog. St. Joseph notes that there is space here for a camp of 120 acres or more. Excavations on the site in the late-1960’s revealed the north-west gateway and its titulum outwork, the foundation trenches of timber buildings within the defences and a dupondius, possibly Domitianic.

Inveresk Camp 2

OS National Grid Reference: NT709351
Dimensions: 760+ x c.1,150? ft (230+ x c.366+ m)
Area: c.20 acres (c.8.1 ha)
Description: This camp was discovered from the air in 1975 within the southern defenses of the massive Camp #1, re-using part of the south-west defences of the larger camp.

There are other camps along the Esk at Eskbank, Lugton and Dalkeith.

References for Inveresk Camps

  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.80;
  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1965-1968 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lix (1969) pp.107/8;
  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1973-76 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lxvii (1977) p.131;
  • Britannia xiii (1982) pp.339/40; Britannia xvi (1985) p.265;
  • Air Reconnaissance in Roman Britain 1977-1984 by G.S. Maxwell & D.R. Wilson in Britannia xviii (1987) pp.36/7.

Map References for Inveresk Camps

NGRef: NT3471 OSMap: LR66

Roman Roads near Inveresk Camps

None identified

Sites near Inveresk Marching Camp