Dún Nechtain, Fortriu and the Geography of the Picts

  title={D{\'u}n Nechtain, Fortriu and the Geography of the Picts},
  author={A. E. Mortimer Woolf},
  journal={The Scottish Historical Review},
  pages={182 - 201}
  • A. Woolf
  • Published 2007
  • The Scottish Historical Review
In the nineteenth century the Pictish kingdom of Fortriu and the site of the Battle of Nechtansmere were located by scholars in Menteith and Strathearn and at Dunnichen in Forfarshire respectively. These identifications have largely gone unchallenged. The purpose of this article is to review the evidence for these locations and to suggest that there is in fact unambiguous evidence that Fortriu lay north of the Mounth on the shores of the Moray Firth and that a case can be made that Nechtansmere… 
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For recent contributions to the Ninian debate see
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For a convenient translation of the Cáin, together with the guarantor list and the pseudohistorical introduction, see G. Márkus, Adomnán's 'Law of Innocents
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For the fullest discussion of the origin of the Columba cult at Dunkeld see John Bannerman
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The origin centre of the Pictish symbol stones
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An Anglo-Saxon Dictionary based on the Manuscript Sources, (Oxford, 1898), s.v. mór at 697