The History of Leith

March 7, 2007

Inchcolm Abbey

The precise moment at which Inchcolm Island becomes associated with religion is shrouded in historical obscurity. Placename evidence suggests that the island may have originally had some connection with the Brythonic pagan sea-deity, Manawyddan, with the original name of the island given in Latin as Emonia, Eumonia, and so forth, but nothing more is currently known about this intriguing possibility. One problem here is that the pagan era in this region is largely pre-historical – ie. before documentary records are available. However, although the Christian era coincides with the historical era as such, even reliable written records of Christianity on the island are hard to come by until quite late into the historical era. As such, our earliest evidence comes from archaeology.for more click here

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