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A Map of the Principal Roman Camps, Forts, Walls etc between the Tyne in England and the Tay in Scotland

Cary, 1805

This map, takes a detailed look at northern England and southern and central Scotland (interestingly excluding south west Scotland), effectively encapsulating the frontier zones between and immediately beyond both Hadrian's wall and the Antonine Wall.

For many years south west Scotland was reckoned untouched by the Romans, giving perhaps a possible explanation of the regions omission from this map in 1805.

This style of map lays known or supposed Roman features over features pertinent to the situation to be found in 1805, though neither to any great degree of detail.

Roman roads- or assumed Roman roads are marked however at times it is difficult to differentiate when the 1805 road and the assumed underlying Roman road diverge.

The Antonine Wall is known by its older Scottish name of Grahams Dike (derives from Grimisdyke or strong wall) while Hadrian's wall still in part has the older antiquarian rendering with Severus`s name mentioned.

Cary has omitted to identify tribal areas with regions shown as they lay at the time the map was drawn.

On the whole for the time the map is fairly accurate with some confusion creeping in now and again with features off the beaten track, for instance in the position of camps and forts near Peebles.

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A Map of the Principal Roman Camps, Forts, Walls etc between the Tyne in England and the Tay in Scotland

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