Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,1  Λογγου river mouth;  Longis at position 299 in the Ravenna Cosmography is explicitly described as an island and is the last name before a few oddities and after-thoughts

Where:  Ptolemy's river mouth is Loch Linnhe according to Rivet & Smith and Marx (2013), a long sea loch that leads up to Fort William and the Great Glen, and not the modern Loch Long on the north side of the Clyde.  The Cosmography's island would then be Lismore

Name Origin:  This name probably just referred to the length of Lismore island, and also to the sea inlet.

Notes:  Latin longus ‘long, distant’ gave rise to navis longa ‘long ship’, the usual Roman name for a warship, and also to Old Irish long ‘ship’.  However, that plus the islands called Luing and Lunga may be a red herring.

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