Attested:  Ptolemy 2,3,1  Λογγου river mouth

Where:  Ptolemy's river mouth is Loch Linnhe, according to Rivet & Smith and Marx (2013), a long sea loch that leads past Lismore island up to Fort William and the Great Glen, and not the modern Loch Long on the north side of the Clyde, nor the Cosmography's island Longis.

Name Origin:  Latin longus ‘long’ with cognates in other languages, descended from a surprising PIE root *del-.  This presumably referred to the length of the sea inlet, extending through the Great Glen and Loch Ness.

Notes:  Latin longus ‘long, distant’ gave rise to navis longa ‘long ship’, the usual Roman name for a warship, and also to Old Irish long ‘ship’.  However, that plus the islands called Luing and Lunga may be a red herring.

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