The History of Leith

June 22, 2011


The Votadini (the Wot?d?ni, or Vot?d?ni) were a people of the Iron Age in Great Britain, and their territory was briefly part of the Roman province Britannia. Their territory was in south-east Scotland and north-east England, extending south of the Firth of Forth and extended from the Stirling area down to the English River Tyne, including at its peak what are now the Falkirk, Lothian and Borders regions of eastern Scotland, and Northumberland in north east England. Their capital was probably the Traprain Law hill fort in East Lothian, until that was abandoned in the early 400s, moving to Din Eidyn (Edinburgh).

The name is recorded as Votadini in classical sources. Their descendants were the early medieval kingdom known in Old Welsh as Guotodin, and in later Welsh as Gododdin [?o?doðin], resulting from established processes of language change.[citation needed]. From proto-Celtic *t?d?-s, the root of the name is related to Old Irish táid ‘thief’. for more click here

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