Nature Volume 79

Nature Volume 79

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...them first settled in Cornwall and Devon, then migrated up through Wales and Lancashire into south-west Scotland. From thence they passed north to the mouth of the Clyde, crossed through the midlands of Scotland to the mouth of the Tay, whence they moved along the east coast through east Aberdeenshire, then west to Inverness, and after that north through Caithness to the Orkney Isles, the migration finally coming to an end in the Isle of Lewis. That the direction of the migration was from south to north is supported by the fact that the structure of the circle becomes more elaborate as we move northwards. Associated Place-names. If these stone circles in Britain have all been erected by the same race, one would expect to find some common root in the oldest place-names within the stone-circle area. The river names usually are the oldest place-names, and in Britain, at least, they appear to be derived from the names of tribes, who at some very ancient time settled on their banks. According to Ptolemy's geography, the district now covered by Cornwall and Devon was inhabited during the Roman occupation by a tribe called the Dumnoni. There can be little doubt that this tribal name, by a process of phonetic decay, has been transformed into the modern name of Devon. If confirmation be required of this, it may be pointed out that a tribe also named Dumnoni is mentioned by Ptolemy as occupying the midlands of Scotland, and that they have left the same phonetic transformation of their name in the River Devon, a tributary of the Forth flowing through Perth, Kinross, and Clackmannan. There are four rivers Dee within the stone-circle area and none outside. Now it is clear from Ptolemy's geography that the primitive form of Dee was De-va, so that Dee...show more

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  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 35mm | 1,193g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236788869
  • 9781236788863