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.
Last Edited: 28 May 2016