AttestedSobrica at position 287 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  An island off western Scotland, probably Jura.  See here about the order of listing of names in the Cosmography.

Name origin:  Latin sobrius ‘sober’ might fit the rocky barrenness of the island, while Greek σοβαρος ‘rushing, violent’, possibly derived from PIE *tyegw, might fit the notorious whirlpool of Corryvreckan off its northern end.

Notes:  This analysis overrules a previous guess at the island of Scarba.

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