> 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?
> 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.
> Does anybody have more information about any of this?
An interesting piece of older research is _Early Scotland: The Picts,
Scots and the Welsh of Southern Scotland_ by Hector Muirs Chadwick.
Unfortunately Dr. Chadwick died before completing this work,
but the first 171 pages were printed after his death. He discusses
the Picts and the Scots and the founding of the Dalriada.
It has been several years since I read this but I remember thinking
it was quite interesting. Dr. Chawick's other work is largely
later during early Christian Scotland.
His wife, Nora Chadwick, has also written some interesting
books and articles on matters Celtic. On article is called "Pictish
and Celtic Marriage in Early Literary Tradition" This article
specifically discusses the effects of the matrilineal descent patterns
of the Picts and the patrilineal Dalriadans and how that affected a change
in the Pictish ruling families. Her contention is that Pictish Queens
chose high born out-clan men for their consorts and after only a
few generations Scot-descended children were ruling in Pictish
areas. I am chagrined to say that my database doesn't note what
journal this appeared in or the year. It was pp 56-115. I have
the reprint somewhere, I'll try to hunt it up.