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 Origin: Maromago 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.
Last Edited: 12 May 2016