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Scotland's reply to England's claim of descent from Brutus was Scota, a daughter of Pharaoh of Egypt. According to Nennius's account, written in the ninth century, Scota was married to a Scythian nobleman living in Egypt at the time of the escape of the Hebrews from captivity. His offspring, after many vicissitudes, reached Dál Riata (modern Kintyre and mid-Argyll) via Spain. The myth was popularized by John Fordun in his Scotichronicon written in the fourteenth century.

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