This is the gravestone of Ammonius, a centurion in the First Cohort of Spaniards in the Roman army, who died in Scotland almost two thousand years ago. The inscription reads "To the spirits of the departed Ammonius, son of Damio, centurion of the First Cohort of Spaniards, of 27 years service. His heirs had this erected". Professor Keppie of the Hunterian Museum notes that the name is oriental or north African in origin. This is testament to the multicultural nature of Roman Scotland with members of the army coming from every corner of the Roman world. Ammonius' long service is also notable. Professor Keppie explains that the normal length of service in the Roman army was 25 years, but soldiers who were promoted to centurions could serve for much longer. We can only imagine the battles, travels and amazing adventures experienced by Ammonius during his lifetime.