3rd Scottish Tattoo
"The Highland Spirit"
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and now the Pictures Ian 3 November 2001
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The first known Highlander was
named by the Romans as "Calgagus the swordsman" Tall, red haired and
thick of limb. He belonged to one of numerous tribes all named collectively by
the Romans as Picti - the painted ones. The greatest of these tribes - the
Caledonii inhabited the central highlands and beyond. Fierce warriors all and not vanquished by the Romans.
To you and me, these painted warriors are - "The
Picts" - the
first "Cock's of the North"
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After the Romans others came to
test the Picts in battle. They stopped fighting between their own tribes and
fought as one people with one king. The first king of all Picts was Oengus.
Norse, Scots from Ireland, North Britons, Normans and Angles all sought
to take the land for their own. All
were repelled at a price. More than
a century later a Norse invasion wiped out the royal family of Eoghan - last
king of all Picts. Norsemen
occupied the very north and the northern and western isles.
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The Scots from Ireland had
settled in Galloway then part of Dalriada. Their king Kenneth MacAlpin - the
Hardy - with Pict blood in his veins - occupied the remaining land and
became "Ard-Righ Albainn - First King of all Picts & Scots.
These times were fierce but
also times of feasting and musical celebration.
As the people entertained
themselves many stories were told of invincible swordsmen, loch monsters,
giants, speaking stones, of singing trees and fairies.
Sings "Spirits of the
Highlands" which acts as intro to fairies - Highland Dancers