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Staffa from the Old Norse for stave or pillar island, is an island of the Inner Hebrides in Argyll and Bute, Scotland. The Vikings gave it this name as its columnar basalt reminded them of their houses, which were built from vertically placed tree-logs.


"Staffa" is a book by Donald B. MacCulloch.

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Google previewAn original collection of the poems of Ossian, Orrann, Ulin and other bards, collected and ed. by H. and J. M'Callum (1816)

by Ossian, Orrann

Staffa is a very small island, rendered remarkable by its caverns and basaltic columns, which, by naturalists, have been supposed to be more grand than similar objects in any part of the world. This island is about fifteen miles west from Mull, ...

Google previewGeological Landscapes of Britain (2010)

by Julian Ashbourn

Staffa is an interesting island among several interesting islands. Indeed, together, the north western isles of Scotland contain a wealth of geological textures and formations which tell us a great deal about the history of the region and its ...

Google previewFacts and Inventions (2014)

Selections from the Journalism of James Boswell by James Boswell

Staffa is a small island off the west ...

Google previewThorough Guide to Oban and Neighbourhood (1893)

With Day Excursions from it by Mountford John Byrde Baddeley

Staffa is a dot upon the sea, and south of it is Jona. The most prominent heights southward are the Paps of Jura, to the right of which is the lower-lying Islay, and nearer at hand Scarba and Colonsay. The twin peaks of Ben Cruachan, with Ben ...

Google previewthe cruise of the betsey (1859)

by hugh miller

Staffa is an object of the greatest beauty and regularity ; the pillars ...

Google previewThe Cottager's monthly visitor

XIX, Bb s STAFFA. Staffa is a small island, or rather a large.

Google previewSchool geography (1882)

by Joseph Guy (of Bristol.)

Staffa is a great natural curiosity for its basaltic columns. — Isla produces lead, copper, and iron. Religion .

Google previewAutumnal rambles among the Scottish mountains or pedestrian tourist's friend, etc (1851)

by Thomas GRIERSON

Staffa is an exception. Though only about two miles in circumference, the pasture seemed tolerable, and there was about a score of small bullocks making the most of it. A wooden ladder and r0 es facilitated our entrance to Fingal's Cave, ...

Google previewSummer in Scotland (1848)

by Jacob Abbott

Staffa is a small island, but high. One end of it is formed of an immense congeries of basaltic columns, rising out of the sea, and supporting a great bed of rock, which is covered above with soil and vegetation. Among these columns is a cavern ...

Google previewTreasury of nature, science, and art, ed. by W. Anderson (1853)

by Treasury

Staffa is a small island of the Hebrides, or western isles of Scotland, celebrated for its basaltic pillars and its caves. It takes its name from a Norse term, meaning staffs or columns. It lies a few miles to the west of Mull, within a sort of bay, formed ...

Google previewThe New Statistical Account of Scotland: Inverness, Ross and Cromarty (1845)

Staffa is an object of the greatest beauty and regularity ; the pillars ...

Google previewElements of composition and rhetoric (1869)

practical, concise, and comprehensive by Simon Kerl

Staffa is a Norwegian word. It signifies staff, prop, or column. It is very properly applied to these remarkable rocks. 16. Calvin was educated for the church. Calvin was born at Noyon. Noyon is in Picardy. Calvin was born in 1509. Calvin was the ...

Google previewThe Mountain (1872)

by Jules Michelet

* [Staffa is a small island on the Scottish coast,

Google previewTransactions of the Kansas Academy of Science (1875)

by Kansas Academy of Science

Staffa is a mile and a half in circumference, and the surface elevated a hundred feet above the sea, is covered with rich grass that supports thirty cattle for the tenants of the Duke of Argyle. We land from the steamer in small boats, at the eastern ...

Google previewStaffa and Iona described and illustrated (1850)

by Staffa

Staffa is an object of the greatest beauty and regularity, the pillars ...

Google previewLittle Journeys to Scotland and Ireland (1901)

For Intermediate and Upper Grades by Clara E. Whitcomb, Marian Minnie George

The word Staffa means island of pillars. We come to see the celebrated Fingal's Cave. According to the legend, Fingal's Cave is the other end of the Giant's Causeway in Ireland. Two giants were to fight each other, and by this test of strength ...

Google previewA dictionary of Lowland Scotch (1888)

with an introductory chapter onthe poetry, humour, and literary history of the Scottish language and an appendix of scottish proverbs by Charles Mackay

Staffa, the name of the well- known island of the West that contains the " cave of Fingal." Colonel Robertson, in " The Gaelic Topography of Scotland," has omitted to give the etymology of the word. Many people suppose it to be English, and ...


Staffa. Staggers. oral of two aids, ranking as lieutenants. The army of the United States, as recently reorganized, is under the command of a general staff, the Chief of Staff being Major General Leonard Wood. The staff of the British army ...

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