Medcaut , the Brittonic Name of Lindisfarne

  title={Medcaut , the Brittonic Name of Lindisfarne},
  author={Andrew Breeze},
  journal={Northern History},
  pages={188 - 189}
  • A. Breeze
  • Published 1 March 2005
  • History
  • Northern History
SCHOLARS have long known that Lindisfarne’s Old Welsh name was Medcaut.1 Jackson, setting out the forms Metcaud and Medcaut in Historia Brittonum (and Inis Medcoit and Insula Medgoet in early Irish), noted also that these would give Middle Welsh Medgawt, Modern Welsh Meddgod.2 But an etymology has been overlooked until lately, when Professor Coates (stating that he had never seen an explanation here) proposed a derivation from Latin medicata (insula) ‘drugged, charmed, healed (island)’, which… 
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