On 12/02/2016 13:09, Helen McKay wrote:
> But for me the weirdest thing we've had mention of here, is the ogham with Sagittari, genitive of Sagittarius. This isn't a name as we should expect on an ogham stone, its a type of person, an archer, a station in life. It does become a sort of name when applied to the constellation. But what on earth is it doing in the depths of Ireland?
That ogham inscription is rather surprising, and unusual in that it
consists (I understand) only of that isolated word.But I have no doubt
that the word entered Ireland in the late fourth or early fifth century,
brought by the returning Atecottic Irish military units which had served
in the Roman Army.A number of other words, to do with military or
Christian life, were brought from Latin into Irish at that time.
Sagittari is plausible as a person’s name.We know that it could be used
as a name because it was the name of a sixth-century French bishop (see
“On the Age of Ogham Writing”, no. 1, Rev. Charles Graves, Transactions
of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, Vol. 1, No. 3 (1851), pp.
305-307, http://www.jstor.org/stable/25489781). It was not unusual for a
military man to name his son after his regiment.In early Ireland, the
name Constans crops up, probably because a child’s father served with or
alongside the Flavia Constantia Gallicana legion in Brittany.The name of
St. Secundinus, or Sechlainn, is best explained as coming from the
Secunda Britannica legion, also in Brittany.So, it is not out of the
question that the “Sagittari” of the Burnfort ogham was the name of an