[Spellyans] Dumnonia

Ken MacKinnon ken at ferintosh.org
Tue Dec 2 17:28:44 GMT 2014


A gowetha-oll,

I seem to recall a reference in the ancient literature to Boscawen-un being
described as in Dyfnwall.    The concept of Devonwall would therefore seem
to have some attestable provenance.

- an ken Ken

-----Original Message-----
From: Spellyans [mailto:spellyans-bounces at kernowek.net] On Behalf Of Eddie
Climo
Sent: 01 December 2014 21:49
To: Standard Cornish discussion list
Subject: Re: [Spellyans] Dumnonia

Craig whek,

For what it's worth, the Welsh for 'Devon' is 'Dyfnaint,' as best as I
recall.

Good luck with your project, and if I can be of any meagre help, just ask.

Oll an gwella,

Eddie Climo

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> On 2014 Kev 1, at 21:37, Craig Weatherhill <craig at agantavas.org> wrote:
> 
> I want to represent "Dumnonia" in Cornish, but in its historical context.
I want to avoid the current word for Devon: Dewnans (Dewnens SWF).
> 
> It's for a chapter heading:  "Kings of Dumnonia and Cornwall" in the book
I'm currently writing on the origins of the Cornish people (entitled "Centre
of the Arc").
> 
> The name Dumnonia fell out of use c.800 CE (AD) and, apart from Roman
period sources which give U and A for the first vowel, the only spelling we
have is in Bishop Aldhelm's letter to our King Gerent, c.705 CE.  In this it
is spelt:  <Domnonia>.
> 
> Has anyone a suggestion?  I'm considering <Domnony>.
> 
> 
> Craig
> 
> 
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