Ιτυος

Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,1  Ιτυος or Ειτυος river mouth.

Where:  Loch Alsh according to Marx (2013), the narrow strip of water that separates Skye from the mainland, around NG8024.

Name Origin:  Latin itus ‘going, departure’ sounds plausible, as at the river Ιτουνα (modern Eden) and at Caesar’s Portus Itium (near Calais).  However, the ‘(part of) circle’ sense of Greek ιτυς ‘rim of wheel or shield’ invoked for Itucodon would fit the course steered by an early sailor around the inside of Skye.

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Last Edited: 7 August 2016