Ailsa Craig’s elf victory


“Ailsa originates from the language of the Vikings who named a Scottish island in the Firth of Clyde, Alfsigesey (meaning Alfsigr, or Elf Victory). As a result, its meaning has evolved to “supernatural victory”. The island’s name eventually came to be called Ailsa Craig, which adds a more Gaelic mix to the origin. In the 16th century, it served as a sanctuary for Catholics during the Scottish Reformation (which resulted from the Scots’ declaration of independence from the Papacy) and today is known for being a hospitable home for birds.”

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