AttestedCamulossesa at position 172 in the Ravenna Cosmography

WhereTrusty’s Hill, at NX58895601, near Gatehouse of Fleet in SW Scotland, with a small Roman fort nearby at NX595576.

Name origin:  For camulus ‘small hill’ see Camulodunum.  The -sesa part may signify a local power centre: compare Latin sessus, past participle of sido ‘to sit, to settle’, or Old English sess ‘seat’, or the second elements of Welsh gorsedd ‘throne, community’ and of English counties such as Somerset.

Notes:  Trusty's Hill is famous for Pictish-style stone markings rather than being a classic hill fort.  The -sesa part has probable parallels in Demerosesa and Duabsisis.  See here for a discussion of all Roman names in this area north of the Solway.

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