Attested: Susura at position 284 in the Ravenna Cosmography
Where: An island in the Firth of Clyde, probably Bute rather than the Cumbraes. See here about the order of listing of names in the Cosmography.
Name origin: Greek συσσυρω ‘to sweep together’, presumably derived from
συν ‘together with’ plus συρω ‘to drag by force, to sweep away (used of rivers)’, describes how a sailor needs to pay close attention to tidal flows in the Firth of Clyde near Bute.
Notes: This analysis overrules the suggestion by Richmond & Crawford that there was an oracle dedicated to a whispering deity similar to mercurio susurrioni on an inscription at Aachen, based on Latin susurro ‘to whisper’. The modern name Bute probably does not directly descend from Botis.
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