Showing posts with label PICTS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PICTS. Show all posts

18 March 2015

Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain

Anglo-Saxon warhelmet

Published, edited, images added, captions written & annotations/comments (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
Map: 6th-century-Britain-
areas colored red, are
(Written by: Encyclopædia Britannica's editorial staff)

Anglo-Saxon, term used historically to describe any member of the Germanic peoples who, from the 5th century AD to the time of the Norman Conquest (1066 AD), inhabited and ruled territories that are today part of England and Wales.

07 November 2013

The Picts of Albann

Published, edited & annotated (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig
The Picts of Albann

by Hal MacGregor

Who They Were, Where They Came From,
Their Relationship With The "Dalriadic Scots",
What Happened To Them & Their Effect on Europe

A Comprehensive Study of the Celts, Picts & Scots:
And Their Interrelationships

Peoples of Caledonia

Published, edited, annotated (in red) & images added by Kenneth S. Doig

by Scott Martin
Peoples of Caledonia 
If western Europe is barbaric, then Caledonia is downright primitive. Much of the land is untouched wilderness. The scattered inhabitants lives in tiny villages or isolated farmsteads. The cities are nothing more than fortified centers with populations of a few hundred. Caledonia is inhabited by five different peoples: Picts, Scots, Britons, Angles, and Northmen.

The Picts
The Picts are the oldest inhabitants of Caledonia, which derives its name from one of their ancient tribes, the Caledonii, who dominated the area when the Romans first arrived. The Picts are a small, dark (there are so many contradicting descriptions of the Pictish phenotype. Many reputable ancient Graeco-Roman

06 November 2013

Are the "Scots" descended from the Asian-Steppe nomads, chariot-warriors, the Indo-Aryan, Iranian-speaking Scyths

Published, edited, annotated (in red) & certain images added by Kenneth S. Doig


Written by Hal MacGregor
Prologue- The Picts were definitely not Gaels, they spoke a different language and had different customs. Their origins are unknown, although there are many theories, and the Picts themselves had their myths and traditions which compounded their mystery. 

30 July 2013

Kelts:From Proto-Indo-Europeans (kin to the Skyths, Massagetae, Italics) to Proto-Celts to the founding fathers of most of Europe



Part I: Their Origins and Prehistoryby Nick Griffin, M.A. (Hons.), Cantab.


"The whole nation is war-mad, both high-spirited and ready for battle, but otherwise simple, though not uncultured."-- Strabo, 1st century AD. geographer"Golden is their hair and golden their garb. They are resplendent in their striped cloaks, and their milk-white necks are circled with gold."-- Virgil, 1st century BC. poet

"Celts": If the name means anything to the average American, it probably calls to mind a parade in Boston on St. Patrick's Day, when even the beer is dyed green. 
Beyond a vague notion that the Irish, Scots, and Welsh share a romantic common heritage in some way different from the English whose language they mainly use, the Celts lie forgotten and irrelevant in the mists of time.

Such ignorance is one of the symptoms of a race on the verge of collective suicide, for those with no knowledge of, or pride in, their forefathers are no more likely to have any concern for future generations of their kinfolk either.
Yet the Celts are regarded by historians as "the fathers of Europe." Genetically as well as culturally they played a major part in laying the foundations for the great achievements of the White race. 
Just as important, many of the mistakes they made which condemned them to defeat and collapse contain lessons today for those striving to save our race from sinking forever into a sea of color, ignorance, and eternal

25 October 2011



It is believed that the first people who inhabited Scotland came from the south. What we know today is that they lived in shelters made of wood and skins and that they made different kinds of stone tools (arrowheads, blades, flakes and awls). They were nomadic communities who lived by hunting and fishing, and traces of their way of life were found at Kinloch on the Island of Rum in the Inner Hebrides. They made all sorts of stone jewelry and their houses were of stone, like the ones found on the Bay of Skaill on the west coast of Orkney.

Some of these places were abandoned and Archeologists can't explain why. However, they left magnificent stone circles like the ones at Stenness, the Ring of Brogar and Callanish on the Isle of Lewis. Until today these stones circles are an enigma. Yet, Archeologists don't know if these places were temples or astronomical observatories. Scotland was populated by four separate groups of people.

The Picts lived mostly in the north and northeast and may have spoke a kind of Celtic language which was lost completely. The Scots were Celtic settlers who moved into the western Highlands from Ireland in the fourth century. The third group were the Britons, who inhabited the Lowlands and it is believed that they gave up their old tribal way of life by the sixth century.

15 September 2011



Addressing the Debate Raised in Farley Mowat's "Farfarers"

Author Farley Mowat stirred up debate in his 1998 book Farfarers when he created an elaborate theory that explained mysterious rock arrangements on the Labrador coast of Canada as foundations of "longhouses" as the work of walrus hunters from the Northern British Isles he called "Albans". The mystery of how these longhouses were roofed was simple, he said - they came in skin boats of the curragh variety found in Britain until the last century, and overturned them. Along with this theory, he wove an original story with regards to the history of the British Isles. His theories were immediately dismissed by the scholarly world as sheer fantasy. It is all too easily to disagree with a theory, and offer no alternative. The following article addresses Mowat's thesis, and offers an alternative perspective that is in keeping with my theory of the expansion of skin-boat peoples as presented in SEA-GOING SKIN BOATS AND OCEANIC EXPANSION: The Voyages of the Whale Hunters
It is valuable to at least scan the above general article to better understand the concepts peresented here.


The idea of Europeans crossing the Atlantic in ancient times has a double standard, one standard used by archeologists and others who think of aboriginal peoples as real humans, and another standard used in popular thinking, which treats the aboriginal peoples of the world in much the same way as it does animals - part of the background - as if only the behaviour of the "advanced" civilized person means anything.

14 August 2011


Published by Kenneth S. Doig

Major Northumbrian dialects are Geordie, Mackem, Pitmatic, Tyke and Scouse. Due to the roots of Northumbrian dialects, it is often said that visitors from Scandinavian countries often find it much easier to understand the English of Northumbria than the rest of the country. Apart from standard English, Northumbria has a series of closely related but distinctive dialects, descended from the early Germanic languages of the Angles and Vikings, and of the Celtic Romano-British tribes. In the ninth century, Scots in the southwest they were speaking Cumbric (a Brythonic language closely related to Welsh), in the southeast they were speaking Old English, in the northeast they were speaking Pictish, in the far north they were speaking Norse, and in the west they were speaking Gaelic.

Shetlandic has been described as 'English taught by Lowlanders to Norwegians. Shetlandic is not sufficiently typical as a dialect of English to be useful in extrapolating earlier English pronunciations. modern Shetlandic is a language closely related to English, which was adopted from Mainland Scotland by Shetlanders who had hitherto spoken a form of Old Norse. Norn words were first collected and a dictionary compiled as once the way of life changed and the objects themselves fell out of fashion, it was inevitable that their names were lost.

Gaelic replaced Norn entirely in the Western Isles. Norn died when is unknown to stipulation, both in Orkney and Shetland, was because the Northern Isles became more and more orientated towards Scotland. The Norn here shows interesting parallels with Faroese. Both the accent and a large part of the vocabulary make it a unique tongue. Shetland accent and a gradual decline of the characteristic Shetland vocabulary certainly continues throughout Shetland as they speak a language which could be written as standard English without any misrepresentation of grammar, phonology or vocabulary. Shetlandic in Lerwick is that children of Shetlandic-speaking parents, both of whom always speak Shetlandic to their children, may nevertheless speak English. Norn may have lived in Orkney and Shetland when the Northern Isles became more oriented towards Scotland by the seventeenth century. Reading into its rise or decline would be as though to read an Ogham script and not the letters.

The Pentland Skerries lie further south, close to the Scottish mainland. The name Pentland Firth can be read as meaning Pictland Fjord. The Romans were aware of the Orkney Islands, which they called "Orcades". There that they traded, either directly or indirectly, with the inhabitants. However, they made no attempt to occupy the islands. Across the Pentland Firth ferries link Caithness with Orkney but has a land boundary with Sutherland. In the wake of the Scots incursionists, followed the Celtic missionaries about 565. They were companions of Saint Columba and their efforts to convert the folk to Christianity seem to have impressed the popular imagination, for several islands bear the epithet "Papa" in commemoration of the preachers. 

The largest island in Orkney is known as The Mainland. Other islands can be classified as north or south of The Mainland. The islands north of The Mainland are known collectively as The North Isles, those to the south as The South Isles. During the later part of Shetland’s Pictish history, other Celtic peoples came to Shetland; Irish monks, who brought the Christian gospels to the islands. They spoke a different branch of Celtic, namely Gaelic, a language would have beeen readily understood by native Shetlanders.

18 June 2011



Published, formatted & images added by Kenneth S. Doig

The earliest record we have of the word "Pict" describing a group of people in Britain comes from a poem by Eumenius dated A.D. 297, which mentions the "Picti" along with the "Hiberni" as enemies of the "Britanni". Although this sets up a contrast between Picts and Britons, it implies nothing more than a Romanized/non-Romanized distinction. The word "picti" is most often understood as a plural of the Latin participle "pictum" from the verb "pingo" "to paint; to dye or color; to decorate". This is usually interpreted in the light of Julius Caesar's comment "All the 'Britanni' paint themselves with woad which produces a bluish coloring.' 


           Published by Kenneth S. Doig 
The Picts were a fascinating late prehistoric/early Celtic people living in areas of Scotland. They still live there -- they've simply been assimilated by the Scots (from Ireland) who settled there and brought in their own language and many of their own customs. This is only the preliminary portion of the Pictish Pages here, and is *very*

17 June 2011


Published & annotations (in red) by Kenneth S. Doig

4th-Century Britain
Political Divisions        

EBK presents a map of Britain in the 4th century. This was a time when the Romans still ruled over most of Britain, dividing it into four provinces [Blue and Yellow]. They controlled a small area north of the eastern section of Hadrian's Wall, but the rest of the north was the domain of numerous British & Pictish tribes [Purple & Indigo].
Map of 4th Century Britain - © Nash Ford Publishing

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