AttestedCana at position 292 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  An island off western Scotland.  Eigg offers the best fit, if the Cosmography's list follows a logical track across the map.

Name Origin:  Latin cana ‘white’, feminine to agree with insula, probably outranks other parallels such as καννα ‘reed’.

Notes:  The famously white Laig beach on Eigg is just the sort of place where Roman sailors might have camped and remembered.  No one is sure where the island now called Canna got its name.

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