Source: Matariki: We are born of the stars and we return to the stars
Matariki, who is based in Scotland, is apparently a reader of my blog and has kindly shared this info from her own blog on this subject with us. ~J
According to the ancient Scots Chronicles the origin of the Scottish people, at least in part, derives from the Pharaonic lineage of an Egyptian princess named Scota, who may have lived around 1400 B.C. The old Irish Annals support this same tradition saying that Scota came to Ireland, via Spain, from Egypt. Even today the placename Glen Scota traditionally records her presence in Ireland. Subsequently descendants of Scota apparently migrated to Scotland around 300 B.C. from whence came the Scots royal lineage.
The feasibility of Egyptian travel to the British Isles in ancient times is borne out by modern archaeological findings. This occurred in 1937 when two Egyptian sailing ships, dated to around 1400 B.C., were discovered in a Yorkshire estuary, on the north west coast of England. Moreover, Egyptian faience beads dating from the same period have been found in Scotland and other parts of the British Isles.
Furthermore, the Rev. John Stirton in his essay The Celtic Church and the Influence of the East(1923) observes: “The earliest type of monumental cross in Scotland is an Egyptian or Coptic wheel cross. It appears on several stones at Kirkmadrine in Wigtonshire, along with the Alpha and Omega….The Crux Ansata, the emblem of life in Egyptian hieroglyphics, is found on a stone at Nigg in Ross-shire, and on another at Ardboe, in Ireland. There are many symbols on the Celtic stones of Scotland which are still unexplained….The Crescent, the Serpent, and the Elephant must all be Eastern in origin, and these are commonly met with on the Celtic symbol-bearing stones.”
A possible ancient Egypto-Celtic connection is also indicated in Egyptian Belief and Modern Thought(1878) by James Bonwick, F.R.G.S., who states: “It is singular to find a white race spoken of in the ancient monuments. Dr. Brugsch, the learned German, notices the word Tam-hou or white men. As it occurs on tablets dating 2,500 years before Christ, it is puzzling to indicate the people. Brugsch traces them to Libya. Champollion recognized in the Tamh’ou a type of European ancestry. M. Deveria remarks upon hieroglyphics recording the fact of Horus, the god, leading and guiding a white race. As there are still many Celtic monuments in the north of Africa, over many hundreds of miles, he contends for the existence of an original Celtic people in Egypt, or, in modern language, that the Welsh and Irish were once in Egypt.”
The old Scots Chronicles also record that during the 2nd century B.C. certain “Egyptian philosophers” (probably from the Egyptian mystery temples) came to Scotland to advise the Scots King of the period. They were able to divine for him where certain metal ores were located in the land by studying the movement of the stars. It seems likely that these Egyptian philosophers would have associated with the Druid magi, some of whom were in attendance as advisors to the ancient Scottish Royal families.
Moreover, these ancient Chronicles further relate that Egyptian philosopher priests were apparently teaching the Christic doctrine of a universal deity in ancient Caledonia (c.180 B.C.), i.e. almost two centuries before the legendary Apostolic mission in the British Isles.
During the early centuries A.D. the Celtic monks in the British Isles, much of whose tenets were rooted in a pre-Christian Druid tradition, saw Egypt as the true holy land rather than Palestine due to the ascetic Desert Father tradition established there which they sought to follow and emulate. Hence we find in Scotland, and Ireland, a number of dysarts (desert) placenames which record monastic settlements and retreats founded on the Egyptian anchorite model.
So ancient historical links between Scotland and Egypt seem fairly likely and provide an interesting sidelight to our knowledge of the ancient past.
© copyright 2003 Barry Dunford.
The Great Pyramid of Giza Schiehallion in central Scotland
I found this information when I posted about Rosslyn and the Rose Line recently … fascinating … also ties in with the articles I posted last year about the pyramids of Scotland.
Or possibly this may be an explanation … my ancestors came from the Orkneys so I like this theory
We are our ancestors and our ancestors are us!
Time is an illusion .. an infinite loop really isn’t it
The nation that brought us haggis, bagpipes and caber tossing can now lay claim to a far older invention – the Egyptian pyramids.
Scotland, a small country with a history of big ideas, developed a key technology for pyramid building, say researchers. Robert Lomas and Christopher Knight believe the pyramids owe at least one unique feature to the technology invented by the ancient people in the Orkneys 2,000 years before the pyramids.
Dr Lomas, a lecturer in information technology at Bradford University, said the Orkney people were cladding their buildings in white quartz as early as 3,800BC. A clear “audit trail” shows how the ancient Scots invented the cladding technique but Dr Lomas said no such evidence of independent innovation can be found in Egypt.
“There is a very strong possibility they took the technology to Egypt via Crete,” he said. “They travelled extensively by sea.”
The earliest Orkney residents arrived soon after the Ice Age, about 8,000BC. “Their building technique was so sophisticated,” said Dr Lomas. “They seem to have been led by astronomer priests who passed their knowledge to pilgrims all over Britain.”
In their book Uriel’s Machine: The Ancient Origins of Science, Dr Lomas and Dr Knight say the ancient Orkney designers used the megalithic yard, measuring 82.966cm, calculated from their knowledge of the geometric relationship between the Earth, Sun, and stars.
Other than the Orkney people people and the Ancient Egyptians, no other societies dressed their building using the same cladding technique, Dr Lomas said.
“Unfortunately, although they were intelligent, they had not developed any type of writing we are able to read, so their discoveries had been forgotten,” he added.