Minox

AttestedMinox, 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.

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Last Edited: 26 September 2016