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The Land of the Picts

By Linda Tancs

The county of Angus in Scotland has been dubbed the “birthplace for Scotland,” a site where the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320 at Arbroath Abbey during the Wars of Independence.  It’s also a county rich in Pictish history.  Over 2000 years ago Scotland was roamed by warrior Pictish tribes, a source of irritation for the Romans who erected Hadrian’s Wall in northern England to keep them out.  You can learn more about Scotland’s ancient past at Pictavia in Haughmuir, an all-weather museum sporting interactive exhibits and artifacts exploring the life and times of this mysterious people.  From there, set out on the Pictish Trail, where stone relics bear silent witness to the tribes’ lifestyle, education and culture.  Reputedly, one out of every 10 Scots is descended from the Picts.  Are you one of them?

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