Esse

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’ or Greek ἑσσε‘clothed, armoured’ are at least spelled the same!

Notes:  In Saint Columba’s time, these islands were home to Christian anchorites, spiritual successors of the Jewish ascetic sect of Essens. The Greek word εσσην, used for a priest of Artemis, probably originated in Indo-European Anatolia, not in Semitic Judaea.

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Last Edited: 28 May 2016