NGRef: NT0901
OSMap: LR78
Type: Fort, Fortlet, Camp
NW (20) to Crawford (Strathclyde)
S (14) to Ladyward (Dumfries & Galloway)
Possible Military Road: NE (17) to Oakwood (Borders)

A large Roman fort was discovered by Aerial photography about three miles south of Moffat in Dumfries & Galloway, beneath the village of Milton in Annandale. Lying astride one of the main Roman military highways north, which formed the main axis of the encampment, fieldwork conducted on the site has revealed at least two, possibly three phases of occupation during the first century, the first of which was established by governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola sometime during 80/81AD.

There are several Roman military installations clustered around the village; four temporary camps and a fortlet lie to the north at Beattock (NT0802), while to the south there are another two marching camps and a fortlet at Tassiesholm (NT0901).

The Milton Fortlet

The fortlet at Milton was rectangular in plan, measuring 130 x 75 feet (c.39.6 x 22.8m) 902m², and possibly housed two small barrack-blocks each about 90 x 21 feet (c.27 x 6.4m). The only dateable pottery is a piece of Form 18 decorated ware stamped by the Flavian-Trajanic potter Germanus.

See: The Roman Occupations of Scotland by B.R. Hartley in Britannia iii (1972) pp.1-55;
The Roman Fortlet at Barburgh Mill, Dumfriesshire by David J. Breeze in Britannia v (1974) p.152 table.V.

Click here for a map of the Milton area from

Page Citation: Kevan White (2018) "Roman Britain: MILTON/TASSIESHOLM/BEATTOCK"