Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Belgae, the inhabitants, according to Julius Caesar, of one of the three great divisions of Gaul; they extended from the Rhine to the ocean, their S. boundary being the Seine and Marne, which separated them from the Celtae or Gauls. Caesar and his informants held them to be of German origin, but modern writers are of opinion that this was true of only some portions of them, and that in the main they were Celtic. The name was undoubtedly a collective name for a group of tribes. Belgas were also found settled by Caesar in Kent and Surrey, and Ptolemy locates a population of that name in the modern Wiltshire, but the relation of these latter to the continental Belgae is obscure.