E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Lindisfarne, in the German Ocean, about eight miles from Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was once the see of the famous St. Cuthbert, but now the bishopric is that of Durham. The ruins of the old cathedral are still visible.
Ireland used to be called the Holy Island on account of its numerous saints.
Guernsey was so called in the tenth century in consequence of the great number of monks residing there.
Rugen was so called by the Slavonic Varini.
Scattery, to which St. Senanus retired, and swore that no female should set foot there, is the one referred to by Thomas Moore in his Irish Melodies, No. ii. 2.