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Most scholars think that the Picts were a large distinct tribe that inhabited most of present-day Scotland until about the fifth century AD.Then they began to be subsumed with the people the Romans named the, a nation of people that emigrated from the region called “Dál Riada,” encompassing the modern day Inner Hebrides and a portion of Northern Ireland, modern Co. On the satellite image pictured here, Dál Riada is in the shaded oval. The term “Caledonian” seems to be almost generic, a term the Romans used to refer to anyone beyond the great walls they erected to keep the savages from penetrating the rest of Britannia.
But experiments show that first of all, the woad dye is short-lived, lasting only a week or two before it becomes so faded that it almost disappears. Well, it’s entirely possible that the markings were not picked into their skin at all, but were painted–much the same as the Amerind “war paint.” I like to think that those who saw the distinctive blue swirls and designs were on the wrong side of the Picts’ better nature, and those marks were the sign of outright hostility–war paint, if you will.Erin O’Quinn’s Manlove blog: Warrior, Ride Hard: Warrior, Stand Tall: This short story explores, in part, the history of homoerotica in the 8th C AD.Why did Ireland stand apart in its “modern” attitude about gay love?In fact, in a short story I wrote about a blue-marked Pict, I used the term “pricked-in” to refer to the falcon embedded on his chest, and below you’ll see why I settled on that term.
The very word “pict” derives from the term used by a Roman chronicler who thought that these people were covered with blue “pictures.” The blueness of the markings has been thought for centuries to be derived from a plant called “woad,” a member of the mustard family, whose ground roots render a distinctive blue dye.
With his bald head, pouchy deep-set eyes and lugubrious face, Alastair Sim was one of the film legends of the Fifties, the star of Scrooge as well as the first, and best, St Trinian's comedy - in which he played not only the school's headmistress, but also her scheming brother.