Attested: Exosades at position 301 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: Islands off western Scotland. Probably the outer Hebrides.
Name origin: Probably from Greek εξωσις ‘putting out’ or Latin exosus ‘hateful’.
Notes: The Cosmography follows Exosades with a parting shot ubi et gemmae nascuntur ‘also where gems are born’, which may apply to all the western islands. About Roman interest in British pearls, see Deutsch (1924), about gemstones in Scotland (including a big sapphire from Lewis) see here, while amber mainly comes from the Baltic and is an east-coast phenomenon, and about marble see under Iona.
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