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Janet Carsten and Simon Frith

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265987

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265987.001.0001

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Britain and the beginning of Scotland

Britain and the beginning of Scotland

Sir John Rhŷs Memorial Lecture Read 5 December 2013

(p.107) Britain and the beginning of Scotland
British Academy Lectures 2014-15

Dauvit Broun

British Academy

A British dimension is crucial for understanding the earliest stage in the emergence in the late 12th century of an idea of Scotland, in its most basic sense, as the country we recognise today. It is also lies at the heart of the origins of the earliest idea of Scotland that can be detected: the notion of Scotland as the country north of the Forth, an idea that can be traced back to the Picts. In both cases, the overriding concern was to accentuate Scotland’s separateness from the south. Being British may be an essential element of any explanation of Scotland’s beginnings, but only in a way that suggests that Scotland’s place in Britain has from the beginning been inherently uneasy.

Keywords:   Cinaed mac Ailpín, charters, royal/baronial justice, Henry II, Alba, Britons, Forth, Pictish symbols, Pictish king-list

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