Scota, Egyptian Queen of the Scots
The legends of Ireland and Scotland tell a fantastic tale of an Egyptian queen and her Greek
husband, who were exiled from Egypt at some point during the second
Chased from their homelands, they took to the sea and settled in Spain and then Ireland. It is
said that it was from this Queen Scota and King Gaythelos that the modern
titles for the Scottish and Gaelic people were derived. All of these early
Celtic myths were finally set down in a fourteenth century book called
Scotichronicon, the title page of which appears on the cover of this book.
But what are we to make of this ancient story - is it based more upon fact
Historians have, as one
might expect, taken the story to be complete fiction; but there are many
elements to this hoary old tale that demonstrate that the authors of Scotichronicon knew a great deal about the ancient history and language of
Egypt. Ralph Ellis has taken a
lateral look at this mythology, and found many links and associations that
lead to one inescapable conclusion - that the extraordinary tale of Queen
Scota and King Gaythelos is probably true.
An early biographer of the Douglas family,
writing in the middle of the eighteenth century, traces their pedigree as
far back as the days of Pharaoh, King of Egypt, the father of that monarch
who pursued Moses with such malignant fidelity. According to this historian,
a certain Gathaleus was the general of Pharaoh’s troops, who, wi th the
assistance of his lieutenant Sayas, succeeded in defeating the ever-hostile
forces of the Ethiopians. As a reward for this victory he was given the hand
of Pharaoh’s daughter Scota (King
Gathaleus and his bride journeyed to Portugal, where they
were joined by the faithful Sayas, and the descendants of these two families
eventually came to Scotland and founded the house of Douglas. [The History
and Martial Achievements of the Houses of Douglas, Angus, and Queensberry,
p. v. (Edinburgh, 1769.)]
Find out just how close Scotland came to losing the poet to
Jamaica, and the role played by Patrick Douglas
Seven Daughters of Eve
Almost all people of native
European descent, wherever they may live throughout the world, can
trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, hence, the Seven
Daughters of Eve.
Pharoah's daughter -
Queen of Scots. A new book, Scota, Egyptian Queen
of the Scots, by Ralph Ellis, claims to prove that this origin
myth was no made-up story but the actual recording of an Egyptian
exodus that did indeed conclude in Scotland.
the Bruce. The 700th anniversary of his coronation was
celebrated on 24th March 2006 others.
Rogues and vagabonds. Not all
Douglases have been goody goodies - read about horse theives, and
slavers. Slaves and tales of daring-do, as the Douglases
hunt down the slave traders.
Douglas Heart. A heart features on many Douglas family coats of
arms, cests etc, including the one at the top of this page.
women. For about £180, the scientists at Oxford
Ancestors will trace ancient maternal ancestry by testing
mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is passed down from mother to
child and changes little over time.
by DNA. A new research project seeks volunteers to help
prove Douglas connections
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