Λοξα / Loxa

Attested:  (1) Ptolemy 2,3,5  Λοξα river mouth   (2) RC Loxa

Where:  (1) Cromarty Firth, which opens to the sea at NH814679;  (2) Crawford Roman fort at NS95382143

Name Origin:  Greek λοξος ‘slanting, crosswise’, Latin luxus ‘dislocation’, from PIE *leug- ‘to bend’.

Notes:  (1) R&S suggested the river Lossie, which has an appropriately odd shape, but loses out to Cromarty Firth because Ptolemy lists this site between Tarbat Ness and the river Farrar.  (2) Crawford was a nodal point for four Roman roads, which do not meet as a single X crossroads but as two offset Y junctions.

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Last Edited: 29 September 2016