At 11:31 PM 4/20/98 -0500, you wrote:
>To me - it would make sense that the Picts *were* Celts because they
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I think your answer is too simplistic - I don't mean to be insulting. It
would be just as easy to say that the Celts were Picts. Because history,
scant though it is, reports that the Dalriada Scots (who were Irish) lived
on the western part of present day Scotland, overlooking the Irish Sea -
having left Ireland and moved on to land already inhabited by the Picts.
The Picts lived to the north and south, and probably saw eastern Scotland
as their lands.
Kenneth mac Alpin is variously referred to as King of the Picts and King of
the Scots. I believe he united the Picts and the "Scots" into one tribe
that then lost the distinction of whether it was Pictish or Scottish.
I doubt the people then were as nationalistic as we are now - especially us
Americans who are always hyphenated-Americans - Irish-American,
Scottish-American, African-Americans, etc.
At about this time of Kenneth mac Alpin (early 10th century) there was also
the invading Norse to deal with this and this would have united the tribes