Lindisfarne

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Coordinates: 55°40′17″N 1°47′44″W / 55.6713°N 1.7955°W / 55.6713; -1.7955

Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the north-east coast of England also known as Holy Island, the name of the civil parish. According to one place-name authority, the name originates in Old English, and means "island [of the] travellers from Lindsey",[1] indicating that the island was settled from Lindsey, or possibly that its inhabitants travelled there.[2] In 2001 the island had a population of 162.[3]

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History

Medcaut

The island of Lindisfarne appears under the Old Welsh name Medcaut in the ninth-century Historia Brittonum. Following up on a suggestion by Richard Coates, Andrew Breeze proposes that the name ultimately derives from Latin Medicata (Insula) "Healing (Island)", owing perhaps to the island's reputation for medicinal herbs.[4] The Historia Brittonum recounts how in the sixth century, Urien, prince of Rheged, besieged the Angles led by Theodoric at the island for three days and three nights.[5]

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