Attested: RC Macatonion
Where: Somewhere near the Welsh border, between the headwaters of the river Severn and Gloucester, from RC’s sequence of names. Macatonion hints at Caratacus’ last stand, discussed here, as very likely on the southern side of the river Clun, somewhere near SO366796.
Name origin: Macatonion has the Greek-style ending –on and it resembles μαχαω ‘to wish to fight’ and μαχητος ‘to be fought with’. Tacitus described the Silures as particularly spoiling for a fight, but he placed Caratacus’ last stand further north, in Ordovices territory.
Notes: Macha was an Irish war goddess.
Last Edited: 9 September 2016