AttestedElaviana at position 286 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  An island off W Scotland, almost certainly Jura, to fit the Cosmography's sequence of names and likely name meaning.

Name origin:  From ελαφος ‘deer’,  Jura has many more red deer than people, and its name is claimed to come from Old Norse dýr ‘animals’.

Notes:  Deer have been present on many Scottish Islands since Stone Age times, possibly actively shipped by humans.  A previous guess at Islay now seems wrong.  For a general discussion of Scottish islands see here.

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