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Votadini. Indigenous British tribe of the Iron Age and Roman periods whose territory covered the eastern part of Lowland Scotland. The ancient geographer Ptolemy, writing in the mid-2nd cent. ad and using sources probably dating to the time of Agricola's expeditions 70 years earlier, names four tribes inhabiting the area south of the Forth–Clyde isthmus: the Novantae, the Damnonii, the Selgovae, and the Votadini. Many hill-forts are known within the territory of the Votadini, notably the important tribal centre of Traprain Law; the site has yielded a number of significant Roman finds including a hoard of late Roman silver.

Eleanor Scott

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