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« Reply #2: April 06, 2008, 01:53:42 pm »

The idea that the Picts were somehow extinguished by the Scots arises in the 11th century with the advent of primogeniture. The need to legitimise hereditary entitlement to royal authority meant a greater emphasis on direct lineage to founding dynasties than before and the kings at the time - Malcolm II, Duncan I, Malcolm III (Macbeth being a notable exception) found it expedient to emphasise descent from Fergus mor mac Erc and this led to the Alba being called "Scotia" for the first time and for the myth that the Picts had in some way been exterminated. Far from it - every seat of royal authority of the Kings of Scots from Kenneth I onwards was a "former" Pictish centre, i.e. there was continuity, and a myth of discontinuity was introduced in the 11th century for the purposes of legitimising a dynasty....   

That's fair enough - my history is spotty (except for the 19th century which I did my history exams in) and while I try and expand my knowledge when I can I have time constraints.

But it is in the east of Scotland there is the evidence of Picts - Pit at the start of place names in the east of Scotland denotes Picts, and there is Groam House Museum which has a lot on Pictish art, which is in Rosemarkie (not far from Inverness in Scotland).  I suspect Pictish art gets lumped in with Celtic art, but Pictish art is another subject I would like to know more of.
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