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Secret path to Loanhead’s Roman past

Work to clear rhododendron around Mavisbank House has revealed long-forgotten paths to a Roman settlement.

Work to clear rhododendron around Mavisbank House has revealed long-forgotten paths to a Roman settlement.

Some of the secrets hidden within the grounds of the historic Mavisbank House have been uncovered during the latest programme of works.

A series of paths leading to what is thought to be a Roman fort have been uncovered thanks to the careful removal of harmful shrubbery.

For decades the rhododendron plants have covered the hill to the rear of the Loanhead ruin.

The shrubs hid the pathways leading to an Iron Age earthwork, thought to be a Roman fort.

It is believed that these sites of antiquity were part of the reason Sir John Clerk chose this land for his house in the first place.

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