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These burials are not mentioned in the 10th century Cronica but are first referred to in the Chronicle dated 1177, suggesting another case of information introduced into later documentation to reinforce the sense of continuity in early Scottish history.Other details about the early kings which are contained in the later Scottish chronicles are also dubious.It is of course not known which earlier sources, since disappeared, may have been used in the compilation of the later manuscripts.Nevertheless, this phenomenon of expanded information over time does not inspire confidence in the overall reliability of the data.The only reference to succession practice which has been found is the report in the Chronicle of John of Fordun which states that King Kenneth II decreed a change to enable "the nearest survivor in blood to the deceased king to succeed".The move would obviously have been unpopular in the wider royal family, and King Kenneth was not powerful enough to carry it through, as shown by his murder in 995, alleged in the same source to have been committed by his collateral relatives.The earliest available source, the late 10th century Pictish Chronicle Cronica de Origine Antiquorum Pictorum which records events up to 995, contains a bare outline of the names of the kings with some incomplete information about their affiliations and events during their reigns.

In the case of Kings Aedh and Indulf, they are stated to have been, respectively, the brother of King Constantine I and the son of King Constantine II.Reliable information now available about the early Scottish kingdom and its kings is therefore limited.The present document attempts to reconstruct the genealogy of the Scottish kings from the mid-9th century.The earlier period, about which the information contained in the sources appears semi-mythical, has not been attempted.The reconstruction is based mainly on information extracted from Irish annals, in particular the Annals of Tigernath and Ulster (discussed in more detail in the Introduction to the document IRELAND), and in the 10th to 14th century Scottish chronicles which were collected by Skene in 1867 are two other important sources which have been consulted, although the former is unreliable on many points of detail.

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