Linnonsa

Attested:  RC Linnonsa (or Linonsa)

Where:  An island off western Scotland.  Possibly Lismore in Loch Linnhe, but Luing further out to sea may be a stronger candidate.

Name OriginLinnonsa starts like λινον ‘linen’, which is made from flax.

Notes:  Flax grows well in the soils and climate of Scottish islands.  A linen industry is recorded there only from the 1700s, but it is conceivable that the Roman navy might have encouraged one earlier, because linen was the preferred material for Roman ships' sails from about the time of Pliny.  Ardinamir on Luing has a flax-steeping pool, a hill-fort, and a protected anchorge.

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Last edited: 26 August 2018