Scotia's Grave

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Scotia's Grave
Area
Scotia's Grave is located in Ireland
Scotia's Grave
Scotia's Grave
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°13′34″N 9°42′38″W / 52.226151°N 9.710462°W / 52.226151; -9.710462Coordinates: 52°13′34″N 9°42′38″W / 52.226151°N 9.710462°W / 52.226151; -9.710462
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference Q8309

Scotia's Grave or Scota's grave is an area just south of Tralee in County Kerry beside the Finglas rivulet in an area known as Trughanacmy. It marks what is reputed to be the grave of Scota, a daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh known as Friel [1] The traditional name of the location is Glenn Scoithin, 'vale of the little flower'. "Scoithin here may be a diminutive of Scota, and the 't' being aspirated, it may prove that the name 'Sgota' meant, as heretofor suggested, not 'Scythian woman', but was the Gaelic synonym for Rosa or Flora, usual names of women."[2]

Marked Extract from O.S. map of 1986

According to several references in medieval Irish mythology Scotia, wife of the former Milesius and mother of six sons, was killed in battle with the legendary Tuatha Dé Danann on the nearby Slieve Mish mountain. Scotia had come to Ireland in 1,700BC, [3]to avenge the death of her husband, the King who had been wounded in a previous ambush in south Kerry.

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  1. ^ Maeve Here Lies: A Guide to Irish Graves Poolbeg, 1997 ISBN 1-85371-713-4 p. 156
  2. ^ Keating, Geoffrey; John O'Mahony; Michael Doheny Foras feasa ar Eirinn do reir an athar seathrun ceiting, ollamh re diadhachta. The history of Ireland, from the earliest period to the English invasion P.M. Haverty, New York, 1857 p.202 [1]
  3. ^ Barrington T J; Discovering Kerry, Blackwater Press, Dublin, ISBN 0-905471-00-8, 1976