Minerve

Attested:  RC Minerve

Where:  One of RC's ‘islands set variously in the western ocean’.  Its position in RC’s list would fit Sanda, around NR7304, off the southern tip of Kintyre, where it would be very visible to sailors.

Name originMinerve obviously resembles the goddess Minerva.

Notes:  R&C drew attention to a passage by Plutarch that ‘among the islands lying near Britain were many isolated, having few or no inhabitants, some of which bore the names of divinities or heroes’.  Sanda is noted for its holy well and chapel attributed to Saint Ninian, who pre-dated the Cosmographer.

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Last Edited: 30 September 2016