Cohors Primae Frisiavonum – The First Cohort of Frisiavones

The First Cohort of Frisiavones

This was an infantry cohort with a nominal strength of five-hundred, a cohors peditata quingenaria, originally recruited from the Frisiavones tribe of Lower Germany. This tribe inhabited the Noordbrabant district of the Southern Netherlands south of the River Maas, extending into the Antwerpen district of Northern Belgium. They were commanded by a military tribune, an experienced professional Roman soldier of the class of knights, probably not a native of the tribe.

Evidence for the presence of Cohors Primae Frisiavonum in Britain

  1. Cil Vii.1194 privilegia militvm; dated: late? 105AD.
  2. Burn 100; CIL XVI.65 military diploma dated: July 17th 122AD.
  3. Cil Vii.1195 privilegia militvm; dated: September 16th 124AD.
  4. L’Année Épigraphique 1997.1779b diploma dated c.126AD.
  5. L’Année Épigraphique 1997.1001 diploma dated 27th February 158AD.
  6. Melandra Castle (RIB 279).
  7. Manchester (RIB 577-579).
  8. Carrawburgh (RIB 1523 altar).
  9. Rudchester (Notitia Dignitatum).

Cuneus Frisiavonum Aballavensium The Formation of Frisians from Aballava

  1. Papcastle (RIB 882 altarstone dated: 19-20 Oct 241AD; 883 altarstone dated: 244-249AD).

Cuneus Frisiavonum Vercovicensium The Formation of Frisians from Vercovicium

  1. Housesteads (RIB 1594 altarstone undated).

Cuneus Frisiorum Vinoviensium The Formation of Frisians from Vinovia

  1. Binchester (RIB 1036 undated).