The City of Cathures

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The city of Cathures began its life on the banks of the river Clyde as a site of pilgrimage for the adherents of the ancient religion of Druidry. This place, and particularly the hill which now serves as a Necropolis, or Hill of the Dead, was in those times a grove of sacred oaks, or living place of worship. What rites were carried out there is the source of much speculation, but it is likely that this entailed the sacrifice of animals and perhaps even of people. Cathures, or Caer Clud (fortress on the Clyde) was originally considered to be an iron-age fort, which was supposedly destroyed during the building of the Rottenrow Maternity Hospital. Fortunately, it seems that they only scratched the surface and the original, and deeper, structures were sturdy enough to withstand the building work.

Now this is where it all gets VERY interesting!! – As said, it was thought that the building of the Rottenrow Hospital destroyed all evidence of Cathures. But – that is not entirely true!! A labyrinth of tunnels still exists under Rottenrow. These passageways under the site continue to throw new light onto the practices of our ancestors. The atmosphere in the tunnels is bearable only for a matter of hours, after which a kind of uneasy presentiment of the millions of tonnes of rubble overhead begins to prey on the mind.

The initial assumption that these tunnels perhaps stretch as far as the Necropolis is now known to be a conservative estimate.


(Walter Benjamin)

There are passageways underneath the Rottenrow. The extensive ruins of the city of Cathures are now known to include a warren of tunnels leading in several different directions. The most impressive of these seems to have been lined with some kind of organic material, possibly cork. Incredibly, the nearest ready supply of this wood is in the Mediterranean region. Archaeologists have suggested that the passageways form part of a complex initiatory ‘journey’ that possibly culminated at the Necropolis. High-ranking druids or others descended into these tunnels as part of the ‘Rite of the Black Drop’, wherein they were ‘scourged’ along the ceremonial roadway and into the tunnels, where a carefully controlled ‘death and rebirth experience’ was played out. The passages are in extremely bad repair and the archaeological team are preceding with extreme caution. But already they have unearthed various ritualistic fetish objects, including the remains of a small wooden rodent, possibly meant to have fitted onto the finger. Strange wooden finger decorations have been found, along with traces of other more perishable votive offerings, such as animal bones and the fibula of a human child enscribed with ogham characters. (as yet undeciphered) –


Thanks to Walter Benjamin, Black Tantra, Archaeological Dept. Glasgow Uni and Internet Archive, Glasgow….