Νοουανται

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 OriginNovantae 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.

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Last Edited: 20 February 2017