Picts, kings of the
- Marjorie O. Anderson
Picts, kings of the (act.c. 300–c. 900), , were the rulers of a now vanished people or peoples who bore a living name in what is now Scotland for some six hundred years.
That name, from the Latin ‘Picti’, first recorded in 297, is commonly regarded as derived from the painting or tattooing of their skins practised by those who lived north of the Roman wall, but this derivation cannot be regarded as certain. Roman authors in the fourth century used it in a general way to denote un-Romanized and potentially hostile natives of ...