The Novantae were a people of up to the late 2nd century who lived in what is now Dumfries and Galloway, in southwestern-most Scotland. (see map)
The Novantae were a people of up to the late 2nd century who lived in what is now Dumfries and Galloway , in southwestern Scotland.
They are mentioned briefly in Ptolemy's Geography which was written bc. 150, and there is no other historical record of them.
Excavations at Rispain Camp, near Whithorn, show that it was a large fortified farmstead occupied between 100 BC and 200 AD, indicating that the people living in the area at that time were engaged in agriculture.
The Novantae were Picts, who are associated with piracy and raiding along the coasts of Roman Britain, as well as being peaceful farmers.
The Picts are thought to have predated the Celts.
The picture to the right is of an actual Novantae Tribe fortified farm settlement, Barsalloch Fort near Port William on the Galloway coastline.