Britannia, by William Camden

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CORITANI.

Small W WE are now to visit the Coritani, a People joyning to the Iceni, but more within land; taking up a very large tract of Ground in the middle part of the Isle, and as far as the German Ocean; viz. the Counties commonly call’d Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutlandshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire. I shall forbear to meddle with the Etymology of the name, lest I should pretend to know what, in truth, to me is a mystery. For, notwithstanding they are a People scatter’d far and wide, which the Britains express by Gur-tani, yet, should I assert that these Coritani took their name from thence, would you not think this mere trifling? They who are better skill’d in that way, may give their conjectures with greater safety; whilst I, according to my design, survey each of the Counties I now mentioned, in their respective order.

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