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Inverness is an ancient history full of notable figures. The city dates back to 400s AD. The first real documented history that was of importance however, took place around 560 AD when St. Columbia visited the
Pictish King's Royal Court at Inverness. The Pictish people had been living here for many years and their King was known as the Brude or Bridei. What we know of this visit is that it wasn't the friendliest of visits and that the Pictish people did not speak Celtic as did St. Columbia, also that St. Columbia was trying to convert the Picts to Christianity.
Fastforwarding to the 12th century, Inverness was made into a royal burgh by
King David I; he also built a grand castle. This prompted a major growth for the city and soon its port became a busy one. By 1250, the first bridge was built and at this time, Inverness was also a city where many ships were constructed.
But during the Middle Ages, Scotland was unstable. Inverness suffered many fires, the wood buildings disintegrating easily. But it bounced back in the 1600s. Efforts to protect the city were made, a citadel went up and was later turned into Fort George; a large fort where hundreds of solidiers could be housed.
One of Inverness' claim to fame is that
MacBeth was written to have built his stronghold right here in the city.