The picts took part in one of the most decisive battles in scottish history the battle of dun nechtain dunnichen if the picts had lost scotland might never have existed. Who were the picts f rom the accounts of britain made by the classical authors we know that by the fourth century ad the predominant people in northern scotland were referred to as picts throughout history these picts have been shadowy enigmatic figures. Origins clans name although it was accepted history in the past to date the arrival of the picts in scotland to sometime shortly before their mention in roman history or to claim a pictish invasion modern scholarship offers a much earlier date with no full scale invasion. With the picts to the east cut off and the dalriada scots cut off from their cousins in ireland the impact of the new viking threat was undecided in 842 kenneth mac alpin king of dalriada decided to take the opportunity to move his court to the ancient pictish royal center at scone
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