AttestedBograndium at position 218 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Probably the Roman fort at Cardean, Perthshire, at NO289460, which sits on a promontory at the confluence of the River Isla and Dean Water.

Name OriginBograndium looks like a compound of Latin boo ‘to roar, to cry out’ and grandio ‘to make great’, implying projection of Roman power, though bos ‘ox, cow’ might hint at agricultural productivity in this area.

Notes:  Not far away was the Inchtutil legionary fortress, probably Ugrulentum, plus its near neigbour Ugueste.  Ptolemy called one local tribe Ουακομαγοι, literally ‘cow power’.

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