Attested: RC Traxula
Where: The Isle of Portland, located by its position in RC’s tour of harbour estuaries.
Name origin: Latin tragula ‘kind of javelin or dart attached to a strap’ is similar in shape to the pointed Isle of Portland at the end of long, thin Chesil Beach.
Notes: The Roman harbour entrance was probably by Weymouth, at SY684787, where the river Wey led to Radipole, and then to Dorchester (Durnonovaria), rather than the medieval harbour of The Fleet, sheltered by Chesil Beach, or the modern harbour, which is man-made. The Roman writer Varro derived tragula from traicio ‘to throw across’, which is also the origin of traiectum ‘ferry crossing’.
Last Edited: 01 June 2016