BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

18 June 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
Legacies - Western Scotland

BBC Homepage
 UK Index
 Western Scotland
Your stories
 Site Info
 BBC History
 Where I Live

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

Immigration and Emigration
Dalriada: The Land of the First Scots

Scone Palace
It is at this point that Kenneth Mac Alpin enters the story. Although Kenneth was a Scot, he was also related to the Pictish royal family through his mother, and launched a claim for the vacant throne. One story goes that Mac Alpin invited his main rival for the crown to a meeting at Scone, only to slay him - possibly the first but not the last "Black Dinner" in Scottish history.

Whatever the truth of the story, the fact remains that Kenneth had taken the throne by 844. He was not the first to rule both Picts and Scots, but whereas the Pictish kings who had exercised this power before had ruled as overlords of the Scots, Mac Alpin was the first Scot to rule both kingdoms, and the first to rule them as one.

As the Gaels of Dalriada triumphed in Pictland, their period of rule in Dalriada was coming to an end. A massive Viking fleet attacked the remote western areas of the kingdom and the Gaels decided it was time to leave. Soon the Scots had followed their king east, where they settled in the Pictish lands of Fortriu, in today's Perthshire.

Pages: Previous [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ] Next

Your comments

Print this page
Look back into the past using the Legacies' archives. Find nearly 200 tales from around the country in our collection.

Read more >
Internet Links
In Search of Scotland - Birth of a Nation
BBC History Timeline - Scots
Dalriada Celtic Heritage Trust
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Web sites.
The Bayeux Tapestry
Related Stories
Vikings in Lancashire
The Founding of Lindisfarne
The Beaker People

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy