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> I realise the derivation of Scuit from Latin is an accepted
> one, but I find it dubious on the grounds that the word is often
> defined as meaning "pirates" or "thieves" or the like. I can't
> imagine any Celtic people accepting such a name for themselves.
Why not? The Irish accepted British (or rather Welsh) "gwyddel" "the
wild ones" for themselves, giving "goídel" in Irish. So I see no
reason why they should not accept "pirates, plunderers" as a name,
even more so as they engaged in activities of that sort in late
antiquity and the early middle ages.
> about Proto-Celtic *skotto- (meaning "leader") as a possible source?
Where did you find that?