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The History of the Ancient Scots
By The Rev. Duncan M'Callum (1858)

THERE are three views in which the history of the Ancient Scots has been considered. The first is the fabulous; the second, confounding them and the Picts; and the third, what may be called the "dark age" of the Scots. Those who have looked no farther than the last, fancied the nation to have been just then emerging from barbarism; and they might have been heard comparing their ancestors with the native races of America. As this History comes not down to that unfavourable era, no notice shall be taken of the dim light in which the Scots appeared from the sixteenth century to the Union, a period of about two hundred years. It is not necessary to speak of the fabulous history, the writers of which have been fully exposed by Innes. Had they looked to the great nation of whom they were descended, they needed not to have sought elsewhere for higher antiquity.

The confused state in which the Scots and the Picts have been represented, may not be so easily described in tracing the origin of the Scots, since writers that should have known better, differ, and the least favourable account has been adopted by some eminent authors.

All that is stated in Part Second will admit of no dispute, as the history of the nation is simply narrated, with the lives of the kings who governed during the space of five centuries; and what relates to this period, but could not be conveniently inserted in the History, is given in Part Third.

March 3, 1858.

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