The Roman governors of Britain

This list derives from those in D C A Shotter The Roman frontier in Britain (Preston: Carnegie, 1996), G B D Jones & D Mattingly An atlas of Roman Britain (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990) and S S Frere Britannia (3rd edition, London: Routledge, 1987)

Governors of Britannia

Aulus Plautius

43 - 47

P Ostorius Scapula

47 - 52

A Didius Gallus

52 - 57

Q Veranius

57 - 58

C Suetonius Paullinus

58 - 61

P Petronius Turpilianus

61 - 63

M Trebellius Maximus

63 - 69

M Vettius Bolanus 

69 - 71

Q Petillius Cerialis 

71 - 73

Sex Iulius Frontinus 

73 - 77

Cn Iulius Agricola

77 - 84

Sallustius Lucullus 

84? - 89

?

89 -?

P Metilius Nepos

?96 - 978

T Auidius Quietus 

978 - 101

Neratius Marcellus

101 - 103?

? <probably three or more governors whose names are not known>

103? -115

M Atilius Bradua

115 - 118

Q Pompeius Falco 

118 - 122

A Platorius Nepos

122 - 125

? <one or two governors>

125 - 130

Sex Iulius Seuerus

131 - 134

P Mummius Sisenna 

134 - 138

Q Lollius Vrbicus

138 - 145

Cn Papirius Aelianus 

145 - ?

? <two or more governors>

? -155

Cn Iulius Verus 

155 - 158

..anus

158 - 161

M Statius Priscus Licinius Italicus

161 - 163

Sex Calpurnius Agricola

163 - 166

? <three or more governors>

166 - 175

Q Antistius Aduentus

175 - 178

Caerellius 

178 - 180

L Vlpius Marcellus I 

180 - 185

P Heluius Pertinax [Roman Emperor]

185 - 187

? <one or more governors>

187 - 191

D Clodius Albinus [Roman Emperor] 

191 - 196

Virius Lupus

197 - 202

[M Antius Crescens Calpurnianus acting governor]

202 - 2023

C Valerius Pudens

2023 - 205

L Alfenus Senecio

205 - 207

P Septimius Geta [Roman Emperor]

207 - 211

Vlpius Marcellus II

211 - 213

In 211, Britannia was subdivided into two provinces: Britannia Superior, based at London, and Britannia Inferior, based at York. The names and dates of the governors of Superior are not known in any detail, and the names of only the first seven governors of Inferior are known with certainty.

Governors of Britannia Inferior

C Iulius Marcus 213 - 2146
M Antoninus Gordianus Sempronianus [Roman Emperor] 2146 - 2169
Modius Iulius 2169 - 21921
Ti Claudius Paulinus 21921 - 221
Marius Valerianus 221 - 223
Claudius Xenophon 223 - 2235
Maximus   2235 - 225?

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