|OS grid reference||NM481378|
|Meaning of name||uncertain "Jorulof-øy" - Jorulf's island or from "àrsaidh" - ancient|
|Area and summit|
|Area||122 ha (0.47 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||98 m (322 ft)|
|Local Authority||Argyll and Bute|
Many of the nearby islands, including Inchkenneth, have early ecclesiastical connections. Eorsa may have done too. It once belonged to the Abbey of Iona, and became the property of the Duke of Argyll.6
During World War I, the island was used as a British naval anchorage.7
The island is the fictional setting of Nigel Tranter's 1952 novel Bridal Path, which was made into film of the same name in 1959. As the comic novel takes the perils of island inbreeding as its theme, it is assumed that Tranter deliberately chose an unpopulated island to avoid giving offence.
Eorsa is separated from Mull by nearly a mile of water at the closest point so there are very few land animals. Locals on Mull joke that the island is "heaving with adders" although this may not be entirely true. Red deer are good swimmers and could easily make the crossing if they wanted to. It's simply a question of whether there is anything the deer want there which can't be found on the mainland.
- Area and population ranks: there are c. 300 islands >20ha in extent and 93 permanently inhabited islands were listed in the 2011 census.
- 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
- Haswell-Smith, Hamish (2004). The Scottish Islands. Edinburgh: Canongate. ISBN 978-1-84195-454-7.
- Ordnance Survey
- "National Scenic Areas". SNH. Retrieved 30 Mar 2011.
- "Historical perspective for Eorsa". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
- "Overview of Eorsa". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved 2007-12-15.
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