Attested: RC Esse
Where: An island off western Scotland, possibly one of the Treshnish islands or Ulva if RC's listing (between Daroeda and Grandena) represents a logical track across the map.
Name Origin: Unknown. Latin esse ‘to be’ and similar forms in Greek meaning ‘clothed, armoured’ hardly seem suitable.
Notes: In Saint Columba's time, these islands were home to Christian anchorites, spiritual successors of the Jewish ascetic sect of Essenes. The Greek word εσσην, used for a priest of Artemis, probably originated in Indo-European Anatolia, not in Semitic Judaea, but also got used more generally to mean ‘king’.
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Last edited: 28 August 2018