Maromagus

Attested:  RC Maromago

Where:  Probably at Irvine, where a Roman fort has long been suspected but not found, because it appears to be the destination of a Roman road.  The most likely site is beside the river near the Marress roundabout at NS316388.

Name OriginMaromago looks like a compound of Latin mare ‘sea’ plus the common early place-name element *magus, related to Latin magnus and presumably meaning something like ‘control’ (not the commonly suggested Celtic ‘plain’ related to machair).

Notes:  Irvine would have made an excellent base for the Roman navy to watch the outer Firth of Clyde, which became very busy with ships later in history.

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Last Edited: 12 May 2016