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A history of the Antonine Wall and a guide to the surviving remains of Rome’s Northernmost Frontier

Kirkintilloch to Cadder

Glasgow Bridge Fortlet


The road has now changed name to Kirkintilloch Road. Keep following it until you get to the Stables. This is the site of the next fort - Glasgow Bridge Fortlet - although again nothing is visible. Enclosing just 0.25 acre this site was similar in structure to that at Kinneil.

Travel and Parking

Continue to 'Cadder'

Key:

Known Fort Location (No Visible Remains)

Fort (Visible Remains)

Other visible remains

The Wall Continues


The line of the Wall departs Peel Park via Comphill Avenue and at the junction with Byars Road, changed its direction to an East-South-East course. That route isn’t replicated in the modern road system so either turn right onto Washington Avenue or weave your way through the housing estates - either way you want to get onto the main road (Glasgow Road). Head west along this road - as you progress the line of the Wall is slowly intersecting with you and converges with the modern road just beyond the Rob Roy Football Club site.


After around 100 metres (at the junction with Campsie View), the Wall changed course again and again runs parallel with Glasgow Road occupying the bank of high ground to the south.

This section of the Wall is largely in urban areas and for the bulk aligns with the main road to/from Kirkintilloch. Parking is available at Cadder (details in table below) or in Kirkintilloch town.

Getting There

Kirkintilloch Roman Fort (Peel Park)


If you’re approaching from the Forth and Clyde canal follow Eastside and High Street to Peel Park. Note that its well worth a visit to the Auld Kirk museum immediately adjacent to the Park entrance.


Kirkintilloch Roman Fort was located on the site of the current park. Only limited archaeological investigation has been conducted and therefore details of the site are sketchy. It was certainly a secondary fort, added to the line of the Wall after construction had started, and enclosed an area of around 3.5 acres (there was also an annexe). The site later hosted a motte-and-bailey castle built in the twelfth century, perhaps by one of the Normans invited to Scotland by King David I. This was occupied by the English during the Wars of Independence but was captured by the Scots during the rebellion of Robert the Bruce. It was later reclaimed by the English using siege apparatus - records note that timber destined for the construction of Glasgow Cathedral were re-diverted here for this purpose. The castle fell into disrepair and ruin in the fifteenth century.

This article details the line of the Antonine Wall from the site of Roman Fort at Kirkintilloch to the one at Cadder. Physical remains of the frontier now become few and far between but the geography and placing of the Wall can be appreciated.

Towards Cadder


After the site of Glasgow Bridge Fortlet the line of the Wall changes course again. Crossing the modern road it now ran to the north of Kirkintilloch Road but again parallel to it. Follow the road to the roundabout.

Auld Kirk Museum

Forts and Fortlets

Kirkintilloch Roman Fort:

(Site of - no visible remains)

Lat/Long:  55.940110N 4.161642W

Grid Ref:   NS 6508174006

Postcode: Peel Park, G66 1DW

Glasgow Bridge Fortlet:

(Site of - no visible remains)

Lat/Long:  55.931226N 4.185367W

Grid Ref:   NS 6356873064

Postcode: G66 1RJ

The remains of the Medieval motte

The Wall ran on high ground on right

Line of Wall converges with road

Line of Wall

Line of Wall

Towards Cadder

Site of Cadder Roman Fort

Cadder Roman Fort:

(Site of)

Lat/Long:  55.925860N 4.215335W

Grid Ref:   NS 6167772527

Postcode: G64 3QA

Distance Slabs

Kirkintilloch

(Original in Hunterian Museum)

LEG XX VV FEC M P III P IIICCCIV


"The Twentieth Valiant and Victorious Legion built 3000 paces, 3304 feet."


Found near Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

View north from Kirkintilloch Roman Fort

Site of Kirkintilloch Fort

Entrance to Peel Park

Wall exists Peel Park

Wall ran on high ground

Site of Glasgow Bridge Fortlet

Forth to Clyde Canal

The Stables

Divergence


Once again the line of the Wall diverges from modern routes as it runs through the grounds of a modern industrial estate. If on foot the best path to follow is the Forth to Clyde canal towpath which will bring you to the site of the next fort in the line at Cadder. At Torrence Roundabout head right (north) and the path can be accessed after around 100 metres. If in a car use the Satellite Navigation details listed in the table to the right (there is a car park next to the towpath).


LAT/LONG

OS GRID REF

POSTCODE

Kirkintilloch Fort (Site of)

55.940110N 4.161642W

NS 6508174006

Peel Park,

G66 1DW

Glasgow Bridge Fort

55.931226N 4.185367W

NS 6356873064

G66 1RJ

Cadder Fort (Site of)

55.925860N 4.215335W

NS 6167772527

N/A

Cadder Car Parking

55.924171N 4.215813W

NS 6164172340

G64 3QA

Kirkintilloch

(Original in Hunterian Museum)

IMP CAESARI T AELIO HADRIANO ANTONINO AVG PIO P P VEXILLA LEG VI VIC P F PER M P


"For Emperor Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius, Father of his Country, a detachment of the Sixth Victorious, Loyal and Faithful Legion [built this] over a distance of <LOST> thousand paces."


Found near Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire

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