Attested: Ptolemy 2,3,13 Ταμεια, a πολις of the Ουακομαγοι
Where: Ptolemy’s πολις was probably a native gathering place or power centre at NO11452664, Moot or Boot Hill, Scone, on the other side of the river Tay (which could be crossed there by Derders Ford) from Bertha Roman fort at NO097268, where the river Almond flows into the Tay next to Perth.
Name Origin: Ταμεια’s closest parallel is RC’s Tamese (Westminster). Both had the first feasible ford across a major river. PIE *mei- ‘to go’, hence Latin meo ‘to go, to pass’, answers the much-discussed question of what an M adds to the basic PIE root *ta- ‘to melt’ in river names like Thames.
Notes: Scone is famous as the first “capital” of a unifying Scotland, and before that of a Dark-Age Pictish kingdom, and presumably of a pre-Roman fiefdom. The name Scone probably came from the same root as Dutch schoon, German schön ‘beautiful’.
Last Edited: 27 September 2016