The ancestors of modern Scottish people left behind mysterious, carved stones that new research has just determined contain the written language of the Picts, an Iron Age society that existed in Scotland from 300 to 843.
A similar name nehhtton(s) was found on the Lunnasting stone; one interpretator of which suggested it containing the phrase "the vassal of Nehtonn" The first king who appears in multiple early sources is Bridei son of Maelchon, and kings from the later 6th century onwards may be considered historical as their deaths are generally reported in Irish sources. Claimed as a kinsman by the Eóganachta of Ireland but this is likely a later, politically-inspired, fabrication, attempting to 'Gaelicise' the origins of the House of Óengus.
...dominated northern Britain in the middle third of the eighth century like no king before him.
Mythical kings of the Picts are listed in the Lebor Bretnach's account of the origins of the Cruithne.
The list begins with Cruithne son of Cing, who is reported to be "father of the Picts".
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