Credigone

Attested:  RC Credigone

Where:  Probably the Roman fort at Whitemoss Farm, near Bishopton, NS41837210, overlooking the river Clyde from the south.  RC lists Credigone explicitly at the western end of the Antonine Wall, where the river was not a military obstacle, being then shallow and in places fordable, as described here.

Name origin:  Latin credo ‘to lend’ had a secondary meaning of ‘to trust, to have confidence in’, which might be appropriate for a fort.  That  explanation probably outranks amending Cred- to Cled- Clyde.  The –gone part looks very Greek, meaning ‘offspring’ in names such as Antigone, but actually the best parallel is γωνια ‘corner, angle’, which was loaned into Latin in words such as polygonum, and possibly related to con- ‘together’.  A meaning like ‘trustworthy corner’ would suit this location.

Notes:  R&S called Credigone “etymologically inexplicable” and then offered an ingenious argument that it was a scribal error for Κρεωνες tribe.  Not convincing.

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Last Edited: 8 August 2016