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Ile Lewis & Harris


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Définition : îles d'Écosse du nord-ouest; 


Extrait de la carte Ordnance Survey : Map of Roman Britain.


Extrait de la carte Michelin

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* Rivet & Smith, Place-Names of Roman Britain, p 342  :


- Pliny NH IV, 104 : DUMNAM (acc.) 

- Ptolemy II, 3, 14 : Doumna nesos (= DUMNA INSULA); also VIII, 3,10

DERIVATION. The name is British *dubno- *dumno-, thé latter showing an assimilation which was already present at an early stage (in Common Celtic); both forms survived abundantly into classical times (Jackson LHEB 484, note). As an adjective the word meant 'deep' (perhaps also 'secret, mysterious') and as a noun 'world' (as in Dumnorix 'king of the world'); it is represented in the modem languages by Welsh dwfn 'deep', etc., Cornish down, Breton doun; Irish domhan 'world', doimhin, domhain 'deep', and there are Germanie cognates (GPN 196). The word is used alone in Dumno of TP, an unidentified site in Germany some 35 km from Bingen, and in compounds such as Dumnissus > Denzen (?). Of British interest are the compounded personal names Dumnocoveros, Dubnovellaunos (on a coin, Mack No. 282, with Dumno- on others), Dumnovellaunos (on a coin of the Coritani, Mack No. 466), Cogidubnus, Togodumnus, etc. There is also the ethnic name Dumnonii (below). For the present name Dumna varions applications of the basic sense 'deep' might be suggested. Watson CPNS 40-41, noting that the name is féminine, proposed 'deep-sea isle'. Ogilvie and Richmond in their édition of the Agricola (1967; p. 32) think it may be a divine name and associate it with other deities apparently recorded in Ravenna in names of western Scottish islands. It might be 'deep' in the sense of 'furthest out' (as one says 'deep in the countryside').

IDENTIFICATION. The island of Lewis and Harris, or perhaps more properly the whole of the 'Long Island' from the Butt of Lewis to Barra Head; this is Domon in Old Irish and Gaelic (Watson CPNS 40-41, 72).



Sources :

* Ordnance Survey : Map of Roman Britain. 1956.

* A.L.F RIVET & C. SMITH : The place-names of roman Britain.. Batsford Ltd. 

* Carte Michelin.

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