inhabitants of northern Scotland
, pre-dating the Celts
; somewhat assimilated first by the invading Celts, and later overrun and annhilated by the Romans
. Known only by their Roman name. Called Picts because of their affinity for body tattoos
, using blue woad
It is believed the Picts spoke a language which may originally have preceded Indo-European languages, possibly related to Basque, but because of early Milesean incursions, eventually evolved to a type of Brythonic (P-Celtic) linguistic structure.
Place names may retain Pictish elements. See http://www.strathearn.com/ge/place_names.htm