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Celtic Liverpool and the Setantii Scousers
who first met the Romans
The Real Story of Celtic Britons in Liverpool:
Before the Romans arrived our county was made up of different, separate tribes. Today they are collectively called ‘The Celts’, but they had different names and stayed in different parts of the county.
The first Roman emperor to invade Britain was Julius Caesar who sailed here in the Summer of 55 BC, but he gave up on taking the Island and it wasn’t until 90 years later that the Roman army finally conquered most of England.
Caesar wrote about the ancient Britons and described them has being tall with long hair. They were also described as having moustaches, something new to the Romans.
He also wrote about them having their bodies dyed with woad. Woad was created from the leaves of a plant and it is thought that our ancient ancestors used this to paint and tattoo their bodies with.
The Romans first called those living here as Pictii (Latin for ‘Painted People’) and the words ‘Pretani’ and Brydai are what the people used to describe the Island of Britain itself.
At some point (as is the origin of most words) these different cultures mix together and the word Britannia is formed, from where we get Britain today.
Some words our ancient ancestors used 2000 years ago that we still use today are dad, mug, gob, bog, crumpet and trews (for Trousers)
The people the Romans found around Liverpool may have been the Cornovii tribe who lived in Cheshire and Wirral or maybe the Brigantes tribe who lived in what is now Liverpool and Lancashire.
The main centres of these tribes were North Yorkshire (Brigantes) and Shropshire (Cornovii) so it is likely that those who settled in Liverpool were the distant outcasts of these tribes.
The word Brigantes means ‘People of the Hills’ and there is evidence that people lived on the Hill areas around ancient Liverpool, including Wavertree and Woolton.
Another theory is that Liverpool people may have been part of a sub-tribe called the Setantii (meaning people of the waters)
Additional links about the setantii tribe in Liverpool:
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