Painted & Tattooed Faces


Qritani, Pritani
Cruithne, Britani
Painted Picts
Give Britannia her name.

Nemedian prince
From the dark Formorians flee,
From Éirinn to Albainn fly,
Immortal Alba’s consort,
Prydein’s uncle and king,
Seven sons; Seven kingdoms
Ruled from the mother’s line.

Six brothers and a sister,
Continental Pictones flee
From unwanted advances in Gaul
To the open arms of Eire.
One brother died before they left,
Sister died on the way,
Only brother Gub and his son
Made it to the end.
Shipped off to Alba with Irish in-laws.

Caledonian strong
Never conquered by Rome.
Angles, Saxons and Jutes
Kept on their side of Hadrian’s wall
Until “Nobles” sold them out
For titles, land and some gold.

Together with worthy neighbors:
Gaels of Dál Riata, Britons of Strathclyde,
And others, under Cináed mac Ailpín,
Scottish forever more.


Pronunciation key:

Qritani = Kri-ta-nee
Pritani = Pri-ta-nee
Cruithne = Crew-ith-nee
Britani = Bri-ta-nee
Éirinn = Air-in
Albainn =Al-bane
Prydein = Pri-dane
Pictones = pict-o-nees (I think)
Eire = Aire-eh
Cináed mac Ailpín = Sin-aide mic ale-pin

Note: The illustration was found on WikiMedia Commons. Description: “Pict (or Caledonian), who lived in northeastern Scotland in Late Iron Age / Early Mediaeval times. As represented in a 19th century book.” Source: William Howitt, John Cassell, John Cassell’s Illustrated History of England: From the earliest period to the reign of Edward the Fourth., Editor: John Frederick Smith, Publisher W. Kent and Co., 1857. Page 6

3 thoughts on “Painted & Tattooed Faces

    • Sorry I didn’t respond sooner, I literally just saw your comment on this post.

      I’m not sure I’m enough of an expert to answer that question. “Gaelic” is, so far as I know, more of a linguistic term than anything else, which describes a branch of the greater Celtic language group. The Celtic language is divided between Insular Celtic (British Isles) and Continental Celtic (the rest of Europe). Within Insular Celtic there were two groups Brythonic (or Brittonic) and Goidelic (or Gaelic). Brythonic branched into what today we term Welsh, Cornish and Breton. Goidelic branched into Irish Gaelic, Scots Gaelic, and Manx. There were certainly many Continental Celtic languages, but–so far as I know–not much of them has survived outside of a few names. The Gaelic tribes certainly originated on the continent, I’m not sure there is any clear consensus of where exactly they originated or how they relate to the other Celtic tribes.

      That’s my amateur answer anyway.


      • You have a very good understanding of the history of gaelics. But to what i can understand, they are all one, thing is, they were a nomadic society that permeated throughout Europe.


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