Attested: Minox, fourth in RC’s list of 8 diversa loca ‘various places’ after the Roman incursions into northern Scotland.
Where: Uncertain. Possibly Fife Ness at NO638097, the eastern extremity of land between the Forth and Tay estuaries, formerly called Muck Ross, where Muck is alleged to come from a Gaelic word for ‘pig’. Or possibly the Roman fort west of Edinburgh, at Cramond, which otherwise has no name.
Name origin: Uncertain.. Latin minax ‘jutting out, threatening’ comes closest.
Notes: Fresh ideas needed! Fife Ness headland is cut off by a linear feature called Danes Dyke, of unknown date, with Roman-era archaeological finds in a cave there.
Last Edited: 26 September 2016