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The Vikings came from Scandinavia, and launched a series of devastating raids and campaigns across Britain and Ireland from the year 798AD. Their impact on Scotland was huge, leading to the formation of the Kingdom of Scotland as we know it, under Kenneth Macalpin. They also bit hard and claimed territory for themselves, including Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and Galloway. Almost every family in Scotland is partially descended from Vikings, either directly, or through their Norman descendants.
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