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A member of an ancient people, of disputed origin and ethnological affinities, who formerly inhabited parts of northern Britain. In Roman writings (c.300 ad) Picti (‘painted people’) was used to describe the hostile tribes occupying the area north of the Antonine Wall. According to chroniclers the Pictish kingdom was united with the Scottish under Kenneth I in 843, and the name of the Picts as a distinct people gradually disappeared.

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