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.
Last Edited: 2 May 2016