Attested: RC Tagea
Where: Probably the Roman fort at Ardoch, at NN839099, by the river Knaik, near Braco, Perthshire, with several surrounding camps. Described by Woolliscroft and Hoffmann (2006:90-7).
Name origin: Tagea matches Greek ταγεια ‘the office of ταγος commander or ruler’. Ταγεω ‘to be ruler’, from PIE *deuk- ‘to lead’ also shows up in early personal names such as Prasutagus. There seems to be no Celtic cognate but OE -toga ‘leader’ showed up in compounds such as Heretoga Ďarmy commanderí, cognate with Herzog.
Notes: All name-to-place allocations are a bit uncertain in this area where there are multiple Roman sites. Ardoch has some of the most impressive surviving ramparts around any Roman fort in the Empire, suitable for a major command post, but their survival might be just an accident of history.
Last Edited: 27 June 2017