Begesse

Attested:  RC Begesse

Where:  Probably the fort at Castlecary NS7897378259 on the Antonine Wall.

Name Origin:  Uncertain.  PIE *bheug- ‘to bend’ (hence English bight, German biegen ‘to curve’, etc) might fit a slight bend in the Wall (or in the Bonny Water) there.  A Germanic prefix be- plus –gesse from Latin gero might suit a fort provocatively aimed at Caledonian warriors.  Fresh ideas needed.

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Last Edited: 2 May 2016