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THE ROMAN CAVALRY IN SCOTLAND

John Richardson of the Antonine Guard society describes the history of the Roman cavalry in Scotland
Antonine Guard member William Lettett dressed in the uniform of an auxiliary cavalryman, riding the type of horse the Roman army used

CLICK HERE to watch a introduction to the Antonine Guard

A reproduction Roman saddle, with its distinctive four pommels

In 43 BC the Roman emperor Augustus (Octavian) decided to make a formation of regular auxiliary units of non-citizen soldiers. Theses auxiliary soldiers were professionals, just like the men who served in the Roman legions. The troops were recruited from the Roman provinces but were non-citizens, although they did have a very strong tradition of being native-cavalry, unlike the allied cavalry they became from the time of Augustus, as part of the Roman army.

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