Identification: the river Taw, Devon 

This name comes from the Ravenna place-name Devionisso, which comprises the river-name Devion and an ending of the essa-type, this ending apparently referring to a location at the top of a steep slope and overlooking a river. The fort called Devionisso was presumably that at North Tawton, Dev having changed to Taw. A detailed discussion of the ten Ravenna names having an essa-type ending is given in Chapter 4: essa-type ending.


[NB. Detailed information as to simple and compound river-names, together with information as to the four categories of Celtic river-names, is given in Chapter 19: the rivers of Roman Britain.]



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