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1592: Porthskathoe The meaning is 'Harbour of boats', written as 'Porthskathow' in modern Cornish. Padel says that 'skath' was a 'large rowing boat' indicating that Portscatho had a harbour specialising in that sort of boat. The -ow at the end of the Cornish name has simply become 'a' so that nowadays you pronounce it 'Perscatha' (or 'Scatha' simply).
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