Attested: Matovion at position 207 in the Ravenna Cosmography
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.
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