Attested:  RC Saponis

Where:  One of the western islands, more likely to be Bute than Great Cumbrae or Little Cumbrae.

Name origin:  ‘Pine-tree island’, as explained by R&C, seems preferable to Graeco-Latin σαπών/sapo ‘soap’.  The PIE root *seib- ‘to pour, to seep’ arose from a technology, using pine-tree resin as glue, that was many millennia older than Romans or soap, and was related to the root in Sabrina.

Notes:  The island of Bute is still relatively well wooded along its coast.

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Last Edited: 15 July 2016