Cindocellum

Attested:  RC Cindocellum

WhereDrumquhassle Roman fort, at NS48438744, which sits on a ridge between Loch Lomond and the Strathblane Hills with good views in all directions, so as to observe several travel routes, notably that of the modern A811 road.

Name Origin:  R&C likened the first element to *cintus ‘first’, seen in many place names (Delamarre, 2003: 110), probably from PIE *ken- ‘fresh, new’, whose likely descendants include Welsh cynt ‘earlier’, Breton kent ‘before’, Latin recens ‘newly’, Greek καινος ‘new’, etc.  The second element is like Latin ocellus ‘little eye’, which seems to mean ‘lookout’ in place names, and here means that Cindocellum was an early warning outpost of the Antonine Wall.

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Last Edited: 20 July 2016