Mertoun Bridge Temporary Camps (St. Boswells)

Marching or Temporary Camps

Saint Boswells Camp 1

OS National Grid Reference: NT605317
Dimensions: c.850 x 650 ft (c.260 x 200 m)
Area: c.12¾ acres (c.5.1 ha)
Description: The longer dimension of this camp is aligned north-east to south-west. It was discovered on A.P.’s taken in the early-1960’s when its entire outline was either established or conjectured.

Saint Boswells Camp 2

OS National Grid Reference: NT604316
Dimensions: 1,800 x 1,300 ft (c.550 x 400 m)
Area: 53¾ acres (21.7 ha)
Description: This camp was discovered in 1968. The smaller camp lies in its northern corner and re-uses two of its sides within its own defensive circuit, and is the earlier of the two encampments.

These two camps lie in a wide loop of the River Tweed just north-east of St. Boswells.

References for St Boswells Camps

  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1961-64 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lv (1965) p.78;
  • Air Reconnaissance in Britain, 1965-1968 by J.K. St. Joseph in J.R.S. lix (1969) p.107

Map References for St Boswells Camps

NGRef: NT6031 OSMap: LR74

Roman Roads near St Boswells Camps

Dere Street: NW (3) to Newstead (Newstead, Borders) Dere Street: SE (8) to Cappvck (Borders)