Who were they?
- The Britons were the
people who lived in most of Britain before, during and after the Romans
ruled it. They
were a type of Celtic people.
- They were named after their
country and spoke a language called 'Brythonic'.
- When the Romans ruled Britain,
the Britons intermarried with many different types of people
from all over the Roman Empire. So they are often called Romano-Britons
or the Romano-British.
- The Welsh, the Cornish,
the Cumbrians and the Bretons of today are
their descendants. Only the Welsh and the Bretons still speak
a language similar to Brythonic. The Cornish and the Cumbrians
now speak English.
- The Cornish language has
not been forgotten though and some people still learn it
- The English and Southern
Scots also partly descend from the Britons; but the English are
descended from the Saxons too and the
Southern Scots from the Scots.