Milidunum

Attested:  RC Milidunum

Where:  Somewhere in south Devon, probably on a road heading south from Exeter similar to the modern A381.  One possible location is under Totnes Castle, at SX800605.

Name origin:  See here about dunum ‘fort’.  For the Mil- part there seems to be no way to choose among Latin miles ‘soldier’, or mille ‘thousand’, or μηλη ‘probe’, or Welsh mil ‘animal’, or the many possible meanings of mel-, etc.

Notes:  Traces of a road have been found near Ipplepen, so far reported only in news items and blogs.  Modern Marldon catches the eye as slightly similar to Milidunum.

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Last Edited: 8 August 2016