The people of the British Isles historically were never all white. Recent archaeological finds have determined that a Black presence can be found in the British Isles as far back as prehistoric times.
In September 2013, bones found in a river by two English teens were determined by forensic anthropologists to be the remains of a Sub-Saharan African woman who lived between 896 A.D. and 1025 A.D.
In his work Ancient and Modern Britons: a Retrospect, Vol. 3, David MacRitchie wrote, “We know that the first inhabitants of Britain and more especially those of the northern parts, were craniologically of a type approaching to the Negro or the Australian race.”
Charles Squire, author of Mythology of the Celtic People and Celtic Myth and Legend, argued that one of the two races that occupied Britain were indigenous to the land and could be described as ”short, swarthy, dark-haired, dark-eyed, and long-skulled.”
“Its language belonged to the class called ‘Hamitic’,” he continued.
An African king named Gormund ruled Ireland during the Anglo-Saxon period in England, reports the medieval historian Geoffrey of Monmouth.
According to Ivan Van Sertima, author of African Presence in Early Europe, in the second century A.D., the Roman historian Pliny described the Britons complexions as “Ethiopian.” The Roman historian Tacitus in his biography of Agricola described the Silures, an ancient British tribe, as having a dark complexion and curly hair. J.A. Rogers believed they were very likely of Phoenician or Egyptian descent.
The Picts are acknowledged as the earliest inhabitants of Scotland. MacRitchie called the Picts “Moors” and states that it was clear that the Silures were the same as the Picts.