Attested: (1) Ptolemy 2,3,7 Νοουανται tribe with πολεις at Λουκοπιβια and Ρεριγονιον.
(2) Ptolemy 2,3,1 Νοουαντων peninsula and same-named promontory, plus another mention at 2,3,2, and a repetition by Marcian, with one spelling Νεουαντων.
Where: R&S identified the peninsula with the Rhins of Galloway, with its northern tip around NX018736, and the promontory with the Mull of Galloway, to the south around NX156303.
Name Origin: Novantae is the feminine plural of the present participle of Latin novo ‘to renew, to change, to overthrow a government’. If this was a matter of politics, there is no evidence that the Romans were greatly concerned. Maybe Gaelic speakers, from Ireland, were gaining ground at the expense of native Britons.
Notes: See also about the rivers Novitia, Νοουιου, and Anava.
Last Edited: 20 February 2017