The first Queen of Scots was called Scota, and she was from Kemet, later called Egypt. Scotland is named after her, she ruled and she was black.
Welcome to my most contentious post ever. I originally put this on Instagram a year or so ago and some people went bats over it – I’m talking multiple messages and comments like “SCOTA WAS NOT BLACK” banged out over and over or gigantic cut and paste jobs.
I don’t see what all the fuss is about. I have a tonne of Scottish ancestry and I was elated to discover the truth about Scota.
The problem is that there is currently no way to definitively prove her origins but Scota consistently shows up in primary documents going back hundreds of years. The “no, she has to have been white” argument is from the same implausible school of thought that says “We’re not sure if King Arthur was real or not but we know he wasn’t black.”
Scota was real and she was influential enough to have the country named after her – it’s just that the info is sparse. She lived a long time ago and as you know, the “gradual conversion” to Christianity destroyed a huge array of data.
FYI: I just discovered that in Ireland and Scotland, perhaps other places, every reference to Jupiter was changed by edict to St Michael. That explains his fantastic reputation – when I went through a stage of seeing hippy shop psychics, they were universally enthusiastic about the character. And this article on Saint Michael’s back-story is wild.
In other cases, the Scota story nebulizes via the sorts of sites that start out sounding like speculative history takes but then swerve into the author’s apparent illustrious ancestry – Knight’s Templar, Count of Saint Germaine and other esoteric conspiracy faves – skeevy gender/biological theories and intricate, geomancy-after-two-bottles-of-mead diagrams.
If Scota were their great-great-great etc grandmother, I’m not sure she’d approve.
Though the details are sketchy, she is said to have arrived by boat, with a small army and several cats. In some versions she is single and in others, she is with her Scythian or Greek husband. She carried a mysterious, hieroglyphic or rune encarved ‘stone of destiny’ and esoteric knowledge.*
Where was she from and what was she fleeing? The most popular theory is that she was the daughter of the pharoah Akhenaten and Nefertiti, the beautiful one. Originally Meritaten, pictured above, she was half-sister to the boy-king Tutankhamun.
Akhenaten was controversial, reviled and possibly mad. He decided to turn the country monotheistic, turning the many gods and goddesses into one god, Aten. Changing his birth name to reflect this, he moved the capital city and channeled the country’s revenues into building lavish temples to the new religion.
He exhorted the people to vandalize the existing ones and laid down style dictates for art, music etc. His structures were razed practically the moment he passed and everyone returned to their old gods, recovering their statues, amulets, altars and art from their hiding places.
Hypothetically, Scota could have (a) secretly developed an affinity with one of the established deities, (b) have found life as the daughter of this notoriously difficult man dificult, (c) eloped or (d) fled after he’d died for fear of being killed for the family connection.
Critics say it’s pseudo-history, created over centuries so that people could aggrandize themselves by a connection to ancient civilizations, which sort of makes sense, but does part of their dismissiveness stem from Scota’s race? Scota, btw, means “dark.”
Her grave is evidently in Ireland – she died in battle, long story – and weirdly, in 1955 Irish archeologists discovered the grave of a young boy at Tara in Ireland: it was dated to around 1350 BC and he was wearing an identical faience bead necklace to the one laid around the neck of Tutankhamen.
* Uri Geller, the spoon-bending telekineticist, believes Scota buried this magic rock on The Lamb, a tiny island off the coast of Scotland. He’s been dowsing there and recently applied for permission to excavate part of it. The island and its little companions apparently reflect the layout of the Orion constellation, arguably the most important to the Ancient Egyptians.