Cermium

Attested:  RC Cermium

WhereStrageath Roman fort at NN898180 beside the river Earn, in the Gask Ridge line of forts stretching into Scotland.

Name Origin:  Greek κερμιον was a diminutive of κερμα ‘coin, slice’, a word possibly derived from PIE *(s)ker- ‘to cut’.  Here this would apply to a remarkable cutting by which the Roman road climbs a hill at Innerpeffray.

Notes:  See under the similar and nearby Cerma for an alternative etymology based on beer and feasting.

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Last Edited: 21 December 2016