Attested: Pliny Ricina; Ptolemy 2,2,11 Ρικινα (or Εγγαρικεννα); RC Regaina listed among islands ‘in the western ocean’.
Where: Rathlin Island, off Northern Ireland, at NR330079, where a remarkable number of ships have been wrecked.
Name Origin: Greek ρηγνυμι ‘to be shipwrecked’, from PIE *wreg- ‘to break’, and/or ρικηνεις ‘shrivelled with cold’. Εγγα meant ‘near’.
Notes: Evidently not early navigators' favourite place!
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Last edited: 15 September 2018