Daroeda

Attested:  RC Daroeda (or Daroecla)

Where:  An island off western Scotland, possibly Tiree if RC’s list follows a logical track across the map.

Name Origin:  Uncertain.  PIE *deru- ‘tree’ is often mentioned, but trees are not abundant on the western islands.  One parallel to Daroeda, from OE daro ‘harm’ (which survives in English as dere) plus Úd ‘safety’, could fit the way that Tiree has beaches facing in all directions for early seafarers to run for safety.  Or citharoedus, a player of the κιθαρα, an ancient musical instrument like a lyre that gave its name to the guitar, might describe Tiree’s Ringing Stone, which emits a musical tone when struck.

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Last Edited: 9 June 2016