Attested: Brigomono at position 174 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Glenluce, where a Roman camp at NX198566 guarded a crossing of the river Luce.
Name Origin: The natural meaning of Brigomono is ‘bridge hill’. All the Germanic languages have cognates of the word bridge, but what exactly they would have signified in Roman times is debatable: see under Brige for some more comments. The –mono part obviously resembles Latin mons ‘mount’. This interpretation is a perfect fit to Mote Hill, a natural hill with steep slopes, at NX194573, next to the river crossing.
Notes: Nearby is Dunragit, which has attracted great interest as possibly an important place in the later kingdom of Rheged. Archaeology at Glenluce Sands suggests a trading place (wic) active in the date range AD 500-900. Ptolemy's Αβραουαννου river mouth was there too.
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