Pechts

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The term Pechts (Inglis: Picts, modern Scots Gaelic: Cruithnich, Latin: Picti) refers tae the tribes that Mediterranean clessical-era writers pit in Caledonie, whit itsel comprises the pairt o praisent-day Scotland north o the Forth an Clyde.

Pecht first kythes in a panegyric written bi Eumenius in AD 297. Tho Picti is for ordinar taen tae mean 'pentit' or 'tattoo'd' in Laitin, the term micht hae a Celtic oreegin. The Goidelic Celts cried the Pechts cruithne (e.g. Auld Erse cru(i)then-túath, foondit on the auld Erse ruit cruth) an the Brythonic Celts kent them as prydyn (e.g. Early Welsh *kwriteno-teutā, or the mair modren pryd).