Attested: RC Tagea
Where: Probably the Roman fort at Doune, Perthshire, NN72730130, on a hill above the river Teith, where it controls one of the key strategic routes into northern Scotland.
Name origin: Tagea invites comparison with Greek ταγος ‘commander, ruler’ and ταγεω ‘to be ruler’, from PIE *deuk- ‘to lead’. This element also shows up in early personal names such as Prasutagus and Togodumnus, and in OE -toga ‘leader’, seen in compounds such as Heretoga ‘army commander’, cognate with Herzog.
Notes: Doune Castle is mediaeval, but it seems reasonable to guess that it was also a local chieftain's base in Roman times.
Last Edited: 31 August 2016