Attested:  RC Cunis

WhereAilsa Craig, an island in the outer Firth of Clyde.  Located by the island’s distinctive cone shape, formed from the volcanic plug of an extinct volcano, plus its position in RC's list of names.

Name origin:  Latin cuneus ‘wedge’.

Notes:  As with other islands off western Scotland, the best competing etymology in Celtic (words for ‘dog’) is not credible and one must presume that the name was created by sailors in Roman service.

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Last Edited: 20 July 2016