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Roman Forteviot

In AD 83 the Roman general Gnaeus Julius Agricola explored the lands beyond the Firth of Forth and in the following year penetrated to the Grampians. The growing lawlessness of the southern Picts and their frequent raids in the more settled country in the south later compelled the attention of the Roman emperor Severus. Though he led a strong army to the shores of the Moray Firth, he was unable to subdue the tribesmen. There were several Roman forts in the county, such as those at Bochastle, Dalginross, Bertha, and Fendoch, as well as a legionary fortress at Inchtuthil; along the Earn there were many signal stations, and a series of towers and forts are located on and around the Gask Ridge. However, the Roman occupation of the area was brief.

Forteviot Perthshire

Forteviot: A Pictish and Scottish Royal Centre The royal centre of Forteviot in Strathearn, Perthshire is one of the most famous early medieval sites in Scotland. It has traditionally been regarded as a royal capital, first of the powerful Pictish kingdom of Fortriu and then of the early Scots. But the royal centre is poorly understood. Much of it disappeared in the early nineteenth century, swept away by the Water of May, leaving only fragmentary sculpture. However the function, date and iconography of the magnificent arch, discovered in the river bed in 1836, have until now remained obscure. This first full-scale study of this famous site throws new light on Pictish kingship and the Church, enabling one of the most powerful Pictish kings, Unuist son of Uurguist, to emerge from the shadows of historical obscurity.

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