Λοξα / Loxa
Attested: (1) Ptolemy 2,3,5 Λοξα river mouth (2) Loxa at position 165 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: (1) Cromarty Firth, which opens to the sea at NH814679; (2) Crawford Roman fort at NS95382143
Name Origin: Greek λοξος ‘slanting, crosswise’, Latin luxus ‘dislocation’, from PIE *leug- ‘to bend’.
Notes: (1) Rivet & Smith suggested the river Lossie, which has an appropriately odd shape, but loses out to Cromarty Firth because Ptolemy lists this site between Tarbat Ness and the river Farrar. (2) Crawford was a nodal point for four Roman roads, which do not meet as a single X crossroads but as two offset Y junctions. See here for a discussion of all Roman names in this area north of the Solway.
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