Skip to comments.Clues to ancient invasion in DNA [ Scotland, Ireland, Picts, Vikings ]
Posted on 04/06/2009 10:00:13 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Scientific evidence of an ancient invasion of Scotland from Ireland may have been uncovered by DNA techniques. Researchers from Edinburgh University said studies of Scots living on Islay, Lewis, Harris and Skye found strong links with Irish people. Early historical sources recount how the Gaels came from Ireland about 500 AD and conquered the Picts in Argyll. Scientists said the study was the first demonstration of a significant Irish genetics component in Scots' ancestry. The research, which features work by geneticist Dr Jim Wilson, a specialist in population genetics, is being featured in programmes on Gaelic television channel BBC Alba. The study also suggests intriguing ancestry of Scots living on the Western Isles and in the north and north east of Scotland... The origin of the Gaels - who by conquering and integrating with Pictish northern tribes created the Kingdom of Alba - has been debated by historians for centuries. The earliest historical source comes from around the 10th Century and relates that the Gaels came from Ireland in about 500 AD, under King Fergus Mor. However, more recently archaeologists have suggested the Gaels had lived in Argyll for centuries before Fergus Mor's invasion. The study also suggested an east-west genetic divide seen in England and attributed to Anglo-Saxons and Danes was evident in the north of Scotland. This was noted in places far from Anglo-Saxon and Danish settlements, indicating that this division was older and may have arisen in the Bronze Age through trading networks across the North Sea. Geneticists also said as many as 40% of the population on the Western Isles could have Viking ancestry, while no Viking ancestry was found in north east Scotland.
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So where’s the Dead White Men of Gaelic Speaking Old Europe Indoctrination Alert?
Pinmore in Ayrshire, mentioned in one of the Dorothy Sayers murder mysteries featuring Lord Peter Wimsey, is a Q-Celtic name--the P-Celtic equivalent is Bryn Mawr. It just means "big hill."
Another excellent work on this subject is “Saxons, Vikings and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland,” by Bryan Sykes, who also wrote the groundbreaking “Seven Daughters of Eve.” All fascinating.
Thanks La Lydia.
Self ping for later.
In the Gaelic the name “Elgin,” the earldom and old walled city in the northeast, means “Little Ireland.” Take a map of where the best single malt scotches are made and you will see that a disproportionate number are made in “Little Ireland.”
More proof that Arlen Specter is not a Scotsman, he’s a SINO... he’s Irelands fault.
Being a Scotsman by blood, I have to believe that is true,. ;>)
Yeah, well, Ted Kennedy is actually a Scotsman.
Wait till the IRA learns that they are really Viking-Scotch mongrels. The mind boggles!
Are these people completely historically illiterate?
I’ve read some of Sykes’ work but not that book...fascinating topic.
Lots of Scots-Irish Kennedys in the US. There’s a Kenedy Co. in Texas (pop. about 400)—I don’t know who it’s named for but probably a Scots-Irish Protestant rather than an Irish Catholic Kennedy.
And these patterns of relatedness and divergence based upon common ancestry in the past are exactly what biologists observe in species, leading biologists to conclude that they also shared common ancestry.
The name Kennedy is very common in SW Scotland—Ayrshire, probably also in the areas just to the south. That’s where a lot of the Scots settlers of Northern Ireland came from.
Fergus Mor Ping:
Who Goes With Fergus?
WHO will go drive with Fergus now,
And pierce the deep wood’s woven shade,
And dance upon the level shore?
Young man, lift up your russet brow,
And lift your tender eyelids, maid,
And brood on hopes and fear no more.
And no more turn aside and brood
Upon love’s bitter mystery;
For Fergus rules the brazen cars,
And rules the shadows of the wood,
And the white breast of the dim sea
And all dishevelled wandering stars.
(With a double spondee!)
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