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Antonine Wall, east edge of Strone Plantation to Girnal Hill

A Scheduled Monument in Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire

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Latitude: 55.9616 / 55°57'41"N

Longitude: -4.0576 / 4°3'27"W

OS Eastings: 271646

OS Northings: 676194

OS Grid: NS716761

Mapcode National: GBR 17.XDD7

Mapcode Global: WH4PX.MFZ4

Entry Name: Antonine Wall, E edge of Strone Plantation to Girnal Hill

Scheduled Date: 19 February 1999

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7074

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Roman: Antonine Wall

Location: Kirkintilloch

County: North Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Kilsyth

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire


This monument is a section of the Antonine Wall which runs downhill from the edge of Strone Plantation towards the B802 and Croy.

This proposal forms part of a programme which is intended to update the scheduling of the Antonine Wall, and extends the protected area along this part of the line of the Wall. It replaces two existing scheduled areas with a single new one.

The Antonine Wall at this location consists of the rampart, the ditch, the berm (area between rampart and ditch), the upcast mound, and the Military Way. This section of Antonine Wall has been flattened to some extent, although at the W end, among trees and shrubs, the rampart of the Wall is still upstanding.

Where the ground opens out into grazing and cropped fields, the Wall is less visible on the ground surface, but substantial traces are still likely to survive under the topsoil. The line of the ditch is followed by a modern track, and the line of the Roman road known as the Military Way is visible on aerial photographs as a parch mark in the field to the south of the track.

The area to be scheduled includes the Antonine Wall rampart, berm, ditch and upcast mound, the Military Way, and an area to the N and S where traces of activities associated with the construction and use of the monument may survive, as shown in red on the accompanying map extract. The scheduled area measures a maximum of 710m E-W, and a maximum of 70m N-S.

The scheduling terminates to the E at the council area boundary between East Dunbartonshire and North Lanarkshire, some 150m west of the B802 road. The top 50cm of the track which runs through the scheduled area is excluded from the scheduling to enable the top surface to be maintained.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance as a major Roman frontier system which has the potential to increase considerably our understanding of Roman frontier policy and military organisation. The Antonine Wall is also the most substantial and important Roman monument in Scotland.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland


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Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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