AttestedVinion at position 282 in the Ravenna Cosmography

Where:  An island off the west of Scotland.  Possibly Lady Isle, at NS274292, off Troon, Ayrshire, in the outer Firth of Clyde, which is tiny and now uninhabited.  This is a weak guess, based on a rough idea of how and where the Cosmography listed islands, plus the huge importance to early navigators of being able to recognise landmarks on the approach to the Clyde.

Name origin:  Possibly related to PIE *wen- ‘to love’ and to Ptolemy's Ουινδογαρα κολπος, Irvine Bay.

Notes:  Possible parallels include Guinnion fort, one of Arthur's battle sites mentioned in the Historia Brittonum, or the Roman consul Vinius, mentioned by Tacitus.  Better, perhaps, is Vindilis in the Maritime Itinerary, which is Belle Ile, sitting off the coast of Vannetais in much the same way as Vinion sits off the coast near Irvine.

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