Attested: Magloue, Maglone (or Magloue), in the Notitia Dignitatum where the Praefectus numeri Solentium was based. Possibly VIK MAG on inscription RIB899.
Where: Rivet & Smith suggested the Roman fort and settlement on Old Carlisle Farm, NY260465, at Wigton, Cumbria. See photo here. This lies at the head of the Wedholme Flow, a raised bog inland from Moricambe Bay, the joint estuary of the rivers Waver and Wampool. Much of that area was probably marshland in Roman times. This guess outranks the large Roman fort at Blennerhasset, Cumbria, at NY190413, beside the river Ellen.
Name origin: Maglo- is well attested as a component of ancient personal names in Britain, and probably meant ‘great’, like its cognates Greek μεγαλο-, English mickle, etc, from PIE *meg- ‘great’, with an adjective suffix similar to –le in English. Either –ona or –ove as an ending could suggest a river.
Notes: It is just conceivable that the Roman fort at Cefn-Caer Farm near Machynlleth on the Dyfi estuary in north Wales was another Maglona. Maglocunus (?Maelgwn), one of the local rulers criticised by Gildas, may have had his power base there and Celtic scholars like to translate Gaulish *maglos as ‘prince, chief’ (Delamarre, 2003:212; Matasovic, 2009:252).
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