Attested: RC Matovion
Where: Most likely the Roman fort in a strong position between the river Almond and an inflowing stream plus swamp at Fendoch, Perthshire, NN91962830.
Name origin: ‘River meeting’, with first element from PIE *mod- ‘to meet’ (outranking a Celtic word for ‘good’, or Greek ματαω ‘to loiter’) followed by –ovion resembling the *upa/*oba ‘water, river’ element discussed here.
Notes: Beware: a small change in logic could make a change in name-to-place assignments ripple through many forts in Scotland.
Last Edited: 30 August 2016