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Note to ESk Run 9II

[4] í Pílavík ‘in Pílavík’: Pílavík can be translated as ‘Willows’ Bay’, but the ON p. n. bears no resemblance to any extant ModEngl. p. n. (see Townend 1998, 65-7). Poole’s (1980, 267-8) suggestion that it represents a Scandinavian version of Willoughby is possible, but unlikely, and according to Townend (1998, 67), this p. n. is probably a not a settlement name but a topographical name coined by the Norsemen.


  1. Bibliography
  2. Townend, Matthew. 1998. English Place-Names in Skaldic Verse. English Place-Name Society extra ser. 1. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society.


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