Linnonsa

Attested:  RC Linnonsa (or Linonsa)

Where:  An island off western Scotland.  Possibly Islay.

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

Notes:  Islay is perhaps the western isle in whose economy the Romans are most likely to have intervened, since it was relatively accessible by ship, has good resources of farmland and peat, and above all it had veins of lead, which Romans found irresistible.

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Last Edited: 24 July 2016