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The Antonine Wall report: being an account of excavations, etc., made under the direction of the Glasgow Archæological Society during 1890 - 93 — Glasgow, 1899

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18.—Tablet found at Cadder (?); now
in Huntei'ian Museum. See Camden's
Britannia (account of Stirling-
shire). Stuart, p. 356, plate XV. 8.
Gordon, p. 62. C.I.L. vii. 1143. Mae-
donald, 16.


They almost all begin with a dedication to the Emperor
Antoninus Pius, and conclude with a statement of the number
of paces of the work of the vallum executed by the particular
legion, vexillation, or cohort dedicating the tablet. The normal
extension of P. into passimm has been adopted; the suggestion
of pedum does not commend itself as so probable. In the case of
one stone (No. 13 of the list) the place for the number of paces is
a blank which has never been cut. In the case of another (No. 3)
the number of thousand paces has not been cut, so that it cannot
with certainty be counted for more than one thousand. In the
case of other two (Nos. 9 and 17), the portion bearing the
number of paces is either so broken or defaced as to leave
the number uncertain. Leaving the blank stone out of account,
the inscriptions accredit the work to the various legions and
their respective vexillations as follows, viz., to the 20th Legion,
upwards of 17 Roman miles; to the 6th Legion, upwards of
15 miles; to the 2nd Legion, upwards of 19 miles; and to the
cohort of Tungrians, 1 mile. Thus, without estimating blanks
or computing doubtful figures in the existing inscriptions, and
without making any allowance for what may be assumed as
the certain existence of other similar stones, we have a total
of over 53 Roman miles accounted for, being about 12 miles in
excess of the entire length of the wall. That is, of course, on
the assumption that its extremities were at Carriden and Old
Kilpatrick as usually supposed. We have, on that footing,
40 miles in fact, and a minimum of 53 miles on the inscriptions.
From this anomaly, as well as from the circumstance of several
stones by different legions (e.g., Nos. 15, 16, and 17) being found
in the same station, it is evident that there was a great deal of
duplicating in the inscriptions, and that they do not imply that


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A vexillation of the 20th Legion, the
Valerian and Victorious, did [the work
of the vallum] for 3000 paces.
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