Traprain

East Lothian

The Votadini an Iron Age Celtic tribe had lands with boundaries from the River Forth to the River Tyne

(East and Central Scotland and Northumbria) with a central settlement at Traprain Law which was also became a Roman Settlement and finally the Stronghold of Gododdin tribe.

 

Traprain Law

East Lothian

First known as Dunpendyr law then being change to Traprain after the area. A volcanic rock or 

 hill in East Lothian measuring 221 m (725 ft) high with myths and legends connected to it.

A treasure trove of Roman silver was found on Traprain Law in 1919 dating circa 415 AD which is the largest

 hoard found outside the Roman Empire. Traprain was the Northern Stronghold for the Roman Army in Britain.

The Maiden

Traprain

East Lothian

There is a standing Stone on the south east side called the Maiden which is where the rock face has split and a gap was created, which has mystic powers. It is said if you can squeeze through the gap (naked) it can help your fertility.

Loth Stone

Traprain

East Lothian

On the South west end of Traprain Law 200m away is another standing stone, the Loth Stone. The Loth Stone is said to mark the grave of King Loth, which has not been found and there is no evidence of a pictish King living in the area as the Picts (Picti), were British people who lived north of of the Firth of Forth, who were never defeated by the Roman armies. The meaning of Pict is “Painted Ones”. Said to be fierce warriors covered in blue paint.

King Loth 

In 528 the ruler of the Gododdin, King Loth had made is strong hold Traprain Law where he ruled his kingdom.

Th story goes that King Loths daughter Princess Theneva (Teneu) had an illicit affair and became pregnant. The King became enraged and threw her from the Law, however she survived. The Gododdin, could only believe that she had to be a witch and banished her from the kingdom. She was put on a boat never to be seen again. On arriving in what is Fife she was taken in by monks and had her baby. Her son educated by the monks joined the order and was later to become a Saint.

Standing Stane

Traprain

East Lothian

Not far from the Traprain Law is Standingstone Farm, where yet another Standing Stone can be seen. This Stone stands in the orchard of the farmhouse. almost 3 m in height (9 foot). Standing stones maybe ancient markers for homesteads or farms and from the ones I have come across all seem to be around 9 feet in height (3m).

Standingstone Traprian East Lothian

The Bass Rock North Berwick One of the natural wonders of the modern world with a lighthouse and ruined Castle

The white in the photo are birds nesting.

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