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History

When the light of history first breaks upon Inverness-shire we find the country now called Scotland divided into four kingdoms. To the south of the line of the Forth and Clyde lay the kingdom of the Britons of Strathclyde, and that of the Saxons of Northumbria; to the north of that line, those of the Scots and the Picts, separated from each other by the mountain-chain called by the old writers Dorsum Britannise, or Drumalban, the range of hills which now divides the counties of Argyle and Perth. What is now Inverness-shire lay wholly within the kingdom of the Picts. These were the ancient Caledonians, the fierce people of whom we have descriptions from the Roman historians, — men of red hair and long limbs, who had no walled cities, and nothing deserving the name of a town; who lived by pasturage and the chase; who painted their bodies with pictures of wild animals; and who could stand for days immersed in the waters of their marshes. Their language was that now known as the Gaelic; and their capital, or the seat of their king, at the commencement of the Christian era, was at the mouth of the river Ness, possibly on the site now occupied by the capital of the Highlands. (LEES, JAMES. History of the County of Inverness (mainland). 1897)

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