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  Jo Ben's 1529 "Descriptions of Orkney"

ROWSAY

Rousay, as if it were the island of Rouland, is a large island, and the greater proportion of it is uncultivated.

In circuit this island is eight miles, and contains very high mountains, that very often appear as if lighted up with fire at night, not lighted by men, which is indeed very wonderful*.

* - this is an intriguing reference and either relates to lights associated with folkloric creature such as trows, or pehaps hints that Jo Ben witnessed the Aurora Borealis during his trip to Rousay.

 

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