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Old 11th April 2006, 20:31
Laeg Laeg is offline
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Don't know if this is any help. But Isobel Henderson may have a point.


'The Ancient Peoples'

Isobel Henderson,a well-known authority on the Picts,has written, 'If we Scots like to think of ourselves as something distinct from an Irish colony,then it is the spirit of the tribes who went to make up the Picts that we must invoke''

'Opinion is divided on whether the Picts of Scotland and the Cruithni or Cruthin of Ulster were essentially the same people. Many authorities, noting the more obvious linguistic and cultural differences[such as the Pickish custom of reckoning succession through the female line] argue they were not. However Eoin MacNeill[co-founder of the Gaelic league,and one time Professor of Early Irish History] firmily believed that both were of the same Pretanic stock.
Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich, apropos of the coming of the Celts to Ireland,wrote,'With their arrival a new era had begun in Ireland. The Picts in Ulster and other pre Celtic peoples were overthrown.

Older histories of Galloway and the south-west of Scotland
refer to a little - known settlement,apparently mainly of Cruthin from Ulster, in these regions. Unlike the much better-known migration of the Dal Riata to Argyll,there is no tradition or even suggestion that kings,princes or other leaders accompied them,so it is not suprising that no great importance has been attached to the movement by modern national historians,and many ignore it altogether.
Elsewhere historians of the nineteenth century wrote of such a migration with considerable certainity and confidence,describing the settlers variously as 'Irish Picts','Cruthin or Irish Picts', 'Galloway Cruthin'or Galloway Picts.
According to George Chalmers the main Cruthinic migration to Galloway occured in the eighth century A.D.and was followed by 'fresh swarms from the Ulster hive in the ninth and tenth centuries. Local historian Peter McKerlie considered that the movement began in the sixth century and continued 'until the Ulster settlers were so numerous as to become the dominant people'. They both argued that the name Pict was introduced to Galloway with the Cruthin and referred to Ulster immigrants rather than indigenous groups.
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