AttestedLongis at position 299 in the Ravenna Cosmography is explicitly described as an island and is the last name before a few oddities and after-thoughts

WhereColonsay-plus-Oronsay, two islands at high tide, just one at low tide.

Name Origin:  Latin longus ‘long’, with cognates in other languages, descended from a surprising PIE root *del-.  This name probably just referred to the length of the island.

NotesNavis longa ‘long ship’ was the usual Roman name for a warship, hence Old Irish long ‘ship’.  Ptolemy's Λογγου river mouth, plus the islands called Luing and Lunga, may be a red herring.

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