Mons Graupius

Attested:  Tacitus Agricola ... ad montem Graupium

Where:  In the Ochil Hills near Dunning, with a memory of Graupius preserved by the modern place name Duncrub and by the Roman-era name Victoria.

Name OriginGraupius looks like a Latinised version of crop ‘round swelling’, which shows up in later English place names as ‘hump, hill, hill-top’ (Smith, 1956:113).

Notes:  Feachem (1970) picked Dubcrub as the likely site of Mons Graupius.  Woolliscroft and Hoffmann (2006) were sceptical, but they did remark that the Gask watch towers seemed to look more south than north.  A Roman camp at Dunning would probably have been supplied by water, up the river Earn from the River Tay, and the Horrea Classis.  The romanscotland website carefully examined most possible sites for mons Graupius, made a very convincing case that Feachem was right, and showed how the battle might have played out.  Sadly, that site has disappeared from the Internet.

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Last Edited: 12 May 2016