Above is the roadside monument near Scota’s grave – Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland
There are variations of this story and I will leave the reader to research further yourself. There is an Irish and a Scottish version. This is the Irish version. Read my article on Akhenaten for some background/insight into why they moved from Luxor to Tel El Amarna and the introduction of the idea of one God.
The Legend of Scota – Egyptian Princess and the conquest of Ireland.
After a decade amidst the sands of Tel El Amarna, the moment had arrived for Akhenaten and the royal family of Egypt to reevaluate their circumstances. The once-tolerant Temple priests had grown weary of their separation from Thebes, known today as Luxor, and the fires of revolt burned bright within their hearts.
Young Tutankhamun, a mere six years of age, was destined to return to Luxor, carrying with him a solemn message from his father Akhenaten – a proclamation that he had erred in his ways and that the ancient gods should be reinstated. Some tales speak of Nefertari clandestinely accompanying the young prince, shrouded in disguise. But doubts arise, for she was not his mother, rather a noble wife of lesser standing. The true mother of Tutankhamun was, in fact, Akhenaten’s own blood sister.
From my own (limited) research I think that the ancient Egyptians believed that bloodlines were of vital importance – much like what you will find when reading up on the Knights Templars, Holy Grail etc. So the best way to preserve the bloodline in uncertain and volatile times would have been for the family to split up.
The finding of a body with Egyptian regalia under the Hill of Tara in Ireland and another under Trinity College in Dublin gives some credence to the story that Tutankhamun’s sister may gone to Spain. She would, of course have taken, ships, followers and soldiers with her.
There, in Spain she met Milesius. From now on I will call the princess “Scota” and it is possible that Milesius could have been a version of the modern day “Miles” They married and had 7 sons.
After some years Milesius was killed. Possibly he was in Spain due to a family feud in Ireland and for that reason he may have been killed. Scota, being of Egyptian royal temperament was not about to let her husband’s death go un-avenged. She gathered her army and set sail for Ireland. On the journey one of Scota’s sons fell overboard and drowned. Another died of some illness. That left 5 remaining sons alive.
The Egyptian forces landed in Dingle, Co. Kerry. They set out over the Sliebh Mish mountains and made camp. In the following days the Egyptian forces battled fiercely with the Irish warriors known as the De Danaan.
Scota and one of her sons was killed and so was one of the Irish Chieftains and a Chieftain’s wife. A truce was called. The Egyptians took 90 days to mummify the body of Scota and her son before burial. They were buried in a place called Gleann na Scota near Tralee, County Kerry.
The four remaining sons of Scota sailed for Caledonia and on landing there, they renamed it Scota Land (Scotland).
The Egyptian Princes set about rebuilding their army and, in time, set sail again for Ireland. This time they succeeded in killing the reigning Chieftain and took control of the country. The princes took it in turns to rule – each for a period of 3 years.
One ancient manuscript telling this story is the “Annals of the Four Masters” which is in the National Library in Dublin. You can also read the full contents online.