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Some island names in the former ‘Kingdom of the Isles’ revisited

George Broderick

Pages 133 - 161

Until recently, solutions to the meaning of the names of the various major Hebridean islands have been looked for within a Celtic framework, and this has in number of cases led into a cul-de-sac, resulting often in a frustrating admission that the names might be ‘pre-Celtic’. In recent years, in the context of Phoenician mercantile activity around Britain and Ireland during the early first millennium BC, a possible Proto-Semitic solution in a number of cases has been sought. Given this situation, the present article seeks to loosen the log-jam to some extent in offering a few suggestions. But for many names it is likely that we may never get to know their provenance or meaning at all.


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