Drumquhassle was a Roman fort associated with the Gask Ridge in Scotland.[2] It was found from aerial photography in the late 1970s.[3] The name selected for the fort deliberately made it hard for English born readers to pronounce.[4] The fort was from the Flavian period;[5] it was built and briefly occupied by during the administration of Sallustius Lucullus.[6] It is known as a "Glen-blocker" fort and is located within sight of Loch Lomond.

Site of Drumquhassle Roman Fort[1]
Place in the Roman world
Stationed military units
Country United Kingdom


The fort is located in Stirling, east of Drymen.[7] It is associated with the road running from Loudoun Hill past Barochan towards Malling, Bochastle and Dalginross.[8] This road was therefore on the Highland Boundary Fault Frontier.[9]

It may have been on more than one Roman road.[10] It has been suggested that Drumquhassle might be connected to Doune via the Fords of Frew.[11]

The glebblocker forts ran from Drumquhassle to Stracathro.[12] The fort is about 50 m west of a reliable spring which was presumably the soldiers' main water source.[13]


An enamelled brooch was found as well as some sling bullets.[14] Pottery from Gaul known as Terra Nigra was also recovered.[15] Several coins were also found.[16]


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  4. Keppie, Lawrence (Sep 2010). "The Romans in Southern Scotland: Future Discoveries*". Glasgow Archaeological Journal. 16 (16): 1–27. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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  9. Scottish Naturalist (v.104 (1992) ed.). 1983. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  10. Wilson, Allan (Sep 2010). "Roman Penetration in Strathclyde South of the Antonine Wall PART ONE: THE TOPOGRAPHICAL FRAMEWORK". Glasgow Archaeological Journal. 19 (19): 1–30. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  11. Page, R.; Page, C. "The excavation of a disused military road at Buchlyvie, Central Region". Glasgow Archaeological Journal. 19 (19). Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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  13. Woolliscroft, D. J. "FIELDWALKING FINDS FROM THE ROMAN FORTS OF BERTHA, DALGINROSS AND STRAGEATH". The Roman Gask Project. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
  14. Woolliscroft, D. J. "ARCHAEOLOGY VERSUS TACITUS' AGRICOLA, A FIRST CENTURY WORST CASE SCENARIO". The Roman Gask Project. Retrieved 16 June 2018.
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