August 31, 2009
Angus Council is considering a new promotional campaign which would brand the county as the “Birthplace of Scotland” – a title based initially on the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. Angus was also one of the heartlands of the Picts and the birth of Scottish nationhood can be traced back to the union of the Picts and the Scots. Angus was also the location of the Battle of Dunnichen (known also as Nechtansmere) in 686AD. It is argued that if the Picts had not defeated the Northumbrians from what is now northern England, Scotland as a separate nation would not have come into being. Needless to say, the bold claim by Angus was disputed by other parts of Scotland – including Argyll (where the Irish immigrants from around 500AD were called “Scots” and Dunadd was the capital of Dalriada), Forteviot in Perthshire (where King Kenneth MacAlpin, the first king of the Scots and Picts set up his capital) and Glen Trool in Galloway (where Robert the Bruce’s first victory in 1307 gave rise to it being named the “Cradle of Scottish Independence). Then, of course, there is Sutherland which has Lewisian rocks, the oldest in the country….