AttestedManna at position 280 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  Probably the Isle of Arran, around NR9633, because the Cosmography lists it in a sequence of names that appear to be sailing up the outer Firth of Clyde.

Name origin:  See under Mona about hilly islands that sailors could see from afar.  There is no obvious reason for the vowel A in Manna, but no other etymology seems preferable.

Notes:  Richmond & Crawford drew attention to two names in Irish mythology: Emain Ablach a mythical island paradise and Manannán the god of the sea.  A few hill names beginning with Aran in Wales are said to come from Ôr ‘ridge’, so it is conceivable that the name Arran translates the earlier form.

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