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The Decantae were a people of ancient Britain, known only from a single mention of them by the geographer Ptolemy c. 150. From his general description and the approximate locations of their neighbors, their territory was along the western coast of the Moray Firth, in the area of the Cromarty Firth. Ptolemy does not provide them with a town or principal place.

The name has a base in the Celtic root *dec-, meaning "good" or "noble".[1] There was another tribe called Decantae or Decanti in some sources located in Northern Wales, see Deceangli.


  1. ^ Rivet, A.L.F.; Smith, Colin (1979). The Place-Names of Roman Britain. London. p. 330.