> I remember reading a little Scottish history about the Picts and
>the Scots. From what I read there was a debate over whetherthe Picts
>were Celtic or not?
Ah, a delightful topic, the Picts... there is a group based in
Edinburgh, the Pictish Arts Society, that I mentioned a couple of weeks
ago trhat has regular lectures, a quarterly publication and an annual
conference (Nov 28) on this topic...
Basically, the consensus is typically that the Picts are Celtic with
some proto-Celtic and possibly non-IE elements in them. Remember that the
definitive litmus test of Celticness is language, and we have plenty of
evidence of Celtic language amongst Picts, as well as Celtic artistic and
> I think the Picts inheritance was through your Mother while
>the Scots was through your Father (I don't know the technical term).
>The two peoples integrated with one marriage which joined both lines
>and this marriage was performed on some stone which was brought from
>somewhere in the North of Ireland (i.e. where the Scots came from).
>I think this stone is now used by the English Monarchy.
If you want to be technical, "Scots" came from Ireland. The term "Scot"
meant someone from Ireland, since it was itself called "Scotia".
The matrilineal practice of the Picts is generally accepted though there
is a little debate about it.
Are you talking about the King's Stone in Dunadd? Or are you talking
the theory that Pictish symbol stones might be representing marriage
alliance, a la Anthony Jackson's theory?
> Does anybody have more information about any of this?
The best recent pbulication is "The Picts" by Anna Ritchie, published
by Her Majesty's Stationary Office 1990.
Again, the PAS has ongoing research in their newsletter on this subject.
Old "standard" texts on the subject are "The Problem of the Picts" by
Wainwright et al, and "The Picts" by Isabel Henderson.
A couple of other things worth reading are: "Symbol Stones of Scotland"
by Anthony Jackson, 1984, and "The Pictish Trail", by Anthony Jackson,
both by Orkney Press.