Who were they?
- The Irish are a type of Celtic
people who have always lived in Ireland.
- During the Dark
Scotland was not called 'Scotland'. It was called 'Pictland'
after the Picts who lived there.
- The Scots originally lived in Ireland. Some of them came to live in
Pictland during the Dark
- The Scots came from
Northern Ireland. They
were a tribe of Irish people.
- Other Irish tribes came
to live in Wales during the Dark Ages.
- They spoke a language
called Gaelic. They used a type of writing called Ogham for
name tags and gravestones.
- Pictland was eventually
taken over by the Scots and was renamed 'Scotland' after them.
'Land of the Scots'.
- The Scots of today are
their descendants, but they mostly speak English. Only people
in the Outer Hebrides speak Scots Gaelic today. The Irish also
- Some historians have
come up with a new idea about the Scots. They think they
always lived in Pictland. They say that long before the Romans
came to Britain, the Picts, Scots and Britons were all one
people speaking Gaelic. Because the Scots were so friendly
with the Irish, their language did not change into Brythonic