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Birnam and Dunkeld are set on opposite banks of the river Tay. Dunkeld is thought to date back to the sixth century when a dunkeld bed breakfast monastery was founded beside the River Tay. The Battle of Dunkeld 21st August 1689 was fought between dunkeld bed breakfast Jacobite clans supporting the deposed King James and a government regiment supporting the newly crowned William of Orange. Ecclesiastically Dunkeld represents a national treasured landmark; it was proclaimed the first eccelesiastical capital of Scotland, by Scotland's first king, Kenneth MacAlpin. Kenneth is thought to have become King of the Picts c.847. It is said that Kenneth’s mother was a Pictish princess, which strengthened his claim to the dunkeld bed breakfast Pictish throne.

Kenneth Mac Alpin died in Forteviot and was buried on Iona in 858, leaving at least two daughters, one called Máel Muire, and at least two sons, Constantine and Áed.

Kenneth Mac Alpin was the son of Alpin and generally regarded as the founder of medieval Scotland. Battling against Norse (Viking) raids, he brought some unification between the Gaels and the Picts to found a united kingdom of Alba or Scotia. The Picts had been weakened by incursions from the Vikings and Irish tribes who under Fergus Mor (AD498-501) had settled in the area of Argyll. The term Scots came from the Latin Scotti which was Latin for Irish. Kenneth transferred of some of St. Columba’s relics from Iona and made Dunkeld the new ecclesiastical capital. Iona was regularly attacked by Viking raiders. He is also credited with setting the ancient Stone of Destiny at Scone The Coronation Stone is a large block of red sandstone, with chisel marks on top, thought by some to be the Stone of Destiny.

The Stone of Destiny was linked to St Columba, who was said to have used it as a travelling altar. For centuries Scottish kings sat upon the Stone to be crowned.

The Stone was stolen from Scone Abbey in 1296 by the English King Edward I, ‘Hammer of the Scots’, it is unclear if this was the genuine Stone of Destiny. Geologically, it resembles the local Scone sandstone. The Stone was fitted into a wooden seat called St Edward’s Chair, and placed in Westminster Abbey, London.

The original seat of the Scottish Dalriada is thought to be Dunadd, in north Lochgilphead, Argyll. The dark age fortifications on top of the isolated crag of Dunadd, on the edge of the Crinan Moss, were probably the capital of the ancient kingdom of Dalriada. Dalriada was established by Irish immigrants, or raiders, from county Antrim, Ireland around 500 AD., although Scottish raiders had been coming to these shores since circa 330 AD. The site now consists of a series of eroded terraces which, from three separate excavations, have shown evidence of metal-working, including many beautiful brooches, making it consistent with its interpretation of a royal residence of the first Kings of Dalriada. Interestingly, below the summit, on one of the lower terraces are a rock carving of a boar, (an ancient Celtic spiritual symbol, also found in Gaul) an enigmatic description in ogam, and the outline of a footprint! All this seems to indicate that not only was this spot a place of ancient Dalriada, but possibly the place of original inauguration of ancient kings. After attacks on Iona by Vikings, he is believed to have removed relics of St. Columba, probably in 849 or 850, to Dunkeld, which became the headquarters of the Scottish Columban church. He died at Forteviot, not far from Scone in Pictish territory, and was buried on the island of Iona.

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