The History of Leith

April 6, 2013

Castrum alatum

Many relics of the Romans have been turned
up from time to time upon the site of Edinburgh,
but not the slightest trace has been found to indicate
that it was ever occupied by them as a dwellingplace
or city. Yet, Ptolemy, in his ” Geography,”
speaks of the place as the Castrum alatum, ” a
winged camp, or a height, flanked on each side
by successive heights, girded with intermediate
valleys.” Hence, the site may have been a native
fort or hill camp of the Ottadeni.

source-Old and New Edinburgh?

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