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  • Researchers find genetic signature of ancient MacDougall bloodline

    09/28/2020 12:51:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Monday, September 21, 2020 | University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
    Genetic markers for the Clan MacDougall... descends from Dougall, King of the Isle of Man and founder of the ancient Scottish Kingdom of the Isles and Lorn. Dougall (c1140-c1207) was the eldest son of Somerled, the ancient warrior sea-king and progenitor of the MacDonald, MacAllister, and MacDougall clans. Somerled expelled his Scoto-Norse rivals from Argyll, Kintyre and the Isles but was himself a Norseman paternally, having a genetic signature that is more common in Scandinavia than in Scotland. The first genetic signature for Somerled was discovered and published in 2005 by researchers at the University of Oxford, and since then,...
  • New Viking DNA research yields unexpected information about who they were

    09/16/2020 9:53:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | September 16, 2020 | Simon Fraser University
    ...the research team extracted and analysed DNA from the remains of 442 men, women and children... from archaeological sites in Scandinavia, the U.K., Ireland, Iceland, Greenland, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland and Russia, and mostly date to the Viking Age (ca. 750-1050 AD). The team's analyses yielded a number of findings. One of the most noteworthy is that contrary to what has often been assumed, Viking identity was not limited to people of Scandinavian ancestry -- the team discovered that two skeletons from a Viking burial site in the Orkney Islands were of Scottish ancestry. They also found evidence that there was...
  • Scottish University Will Rename David Hume Tower After George Floyd

    09/13/2020 9:23:10 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 72 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | September 13, 2020 | Richard Moorehead
    The University of Edinburgh in Scotland announced that it would rename a university building after George Floyd on Thursday. The Hume Tower was previously named after Scottish Enlightenment philosopher David Hume, who is thought of as a notable classical liberal political philosopher. The Hume Tower will now be known as 40 George Floyd. The prestigious university, located in Scotland’s capital city, explained in a statement that the renaming was taking place because “of the sensitivities around asking students to use a building named after the 18th century philosopher whose comments on matters of race, though not uncommon at the time,...
  • UK police arrest Pro-BDS Palestinian activist on terrorism charge

    09/02/2020 1:14:03 PM PDT · by Marinario · 6 replies
    JPost ^ | August 31, 2020 | B Weinthal
    The paper said that Hijjawi was arrested at Heathrow airport and the 62-year-old's house in the Blackhall area of Edinburgh was searched by Scottish police. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, also known as BDS. British authorities arrested the former chairman of the Association of Palestinian Communities in Scotland  Dr. Issam Hijjawi on Saturday for allegedly committing preparatory acts of terrorism in connection with the New Irish Republican Army. He was the 10th person to be charged in a joint Police Service of Northern Ireland and MI5 investigation called Operation Arbacia, The Irish News reported Tuesday.
  • Boris urged to IGNORE Sturgeon's Scottish independence threats 'NOT going to happen!'

    09/02/2020 6:09:11 PM PDT · by packrat35 · 3 replies
    Express ^ | 9/2/2020 | EMILY FERGUSON
    BORIS JOHNSON has been urged to ignore Nicola Sturgeon's demands for a second Scottish independence referendum, an Express.co.uk poll has found. Nicola Sturgeon has repeatedly warned anti-Union sentiment is on the rise in Scotland and she claims support has accelerated for independence during the coronavirus pandemic. As a result the First Minister is demanding a second referendum on the matter, but Express.co.uk readers have urged Boris Johnson not to head to her demands.
  • Scotland and Independence: Can Scotland make it on its own, or does it need Westminster?

    08/23/2020 10:08:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/23/2020 | Michael Curtis
    The argument for Scottish independence has historic overtones. On April 6, 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was proclaimed. Written in Latin, it was really not a declaration, but a private letter, perhaps the most famous letter in Scottish history, by 39 Scottish barons addressed to Pope John XXII, who had excommunicated Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, who had murdered a rival to the throne in a church. The context was that England under King Edward II had attempted to conquer Scotland in 1296, an invasion that continued in spite of the victory of William Wallace at Stirling Bridge in...
  • 1305: William Wallace, Braveheart

    08/22/2020 7:13:46 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 18 replies
    ExecutedToday.com ^ | August 23, 2008 | Headsman
    On this date in 1305, Scottish knight Mel Gibson — er, William Wallace — was hanged, drawn and quartered at Smithfield for treason to a British crown he refused to recognize. Well, close enough. Some wags have alleged one or two historical liberties in Braveheart. Among the lesser (but more pertinent here): that they weren’t — you knew this already — offering the former Guardian of Scotland the opportunity to reduce his suffering with a public submission, or use the stage for theatrical defiance. Hanging, drawing and quartering was a brand new execution Edward I was experimenting with for emasculating,...
  • Sinatra, Steinbeck and Sonny Corleone: The legacy of Bobby Thomson’s Shot Heard Round the World

    08/20/2020 12:23:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Glasgow Times ^ | 8/16 | Graeme Macpherson
    NOT everyone saw The Shot Heard ‘Round The World. Frank Sinatra was just one of a clutch of celebrities packed inside the Polo Grounds on October 3, 1951 to watch his beloved New York Giants clinch baseball’s National League pennant against local rivals the Brooklyn Dodgers. When Bobby Thomson, the Glaswegian batter, struck his three-run home run to send the Giants to the World Series, however, Sinatra was temporarily distracted. His friend, the actor Jackie Gleason, had just been sick all over his lap. “Here is one of the all-time classic games and I don’t see Bobby Thomson hit that...
  • 'Serious injuries' after passenger train derails near Stonehaven [Scotland] during storms

    08/12/2020 7:40:08 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/12/2020
    30 emergency service vehicles - including air ambulance support - have been called to the scene. Smoke was seen coming from the area, where landslips have been reported. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it was an "extremely serious incident" and there were reports of serious injuries. The incident - involving the 06:38 ScotRail service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street - took place at about 09:40 at Carmont, near Stonehaven. The train was made up of two locomotives - at the front and back - and four carriages. It is understood that the front locomotive and three passenger carriages have...
  • Battle of Lewes: England's first fight for democracy? [ AD 1264 ]

    12/29/2014 1:11:54 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    BBC News ^ | May 14, 2014 | Nick Tarver
    Did the Battle of Lewes, which saw King Henry III defeated 750 years ago, lead to England's first tentative steps towards representative democracy? As bloodied bodies littered the South Downs, the King hid in a priory. His father, King John, had been forced to sign Magna Carta by England's rebellious barons, now Henry had suffered even greater humiliation at their hands. His victor was Simon de Montfort, the French-born Earl of Leicester, who was fighting for the rights of England to be governed by the English. After the battle, where de Montfort's forces were outnumbered by two to one, he...
  • Simon de Montfort: The turning point for democracy that gets overlooked

    01/20/2015 1:34:10 AM PST · by moose07 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 19 January 2015 | BBC,Luke Foddy.
    In June the world will celebrate 800 years since the issuing of Magna Carta. But 2015 is also the anniversary of another important, and far more radical, British milestone in democratic history, writes Luke Foddy. Almost exactly 750 years ago, an extraordinary parliament opened in Westminster. For the very first time, elected representatives from every county and major town in England were invited to parliament on behalf of their local communities. It was, in the words of one historian, "the House of Commons in embryo". The January Parliament, which first met on 20 January 1265, is one of the...
  • Daily covid death count could be scrapped ( United Kingdom )

    08/10/2020 5:09:48 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9 August 2020 | Anna Mikhailova
    A review will examine reports that officials were "over-exaggerating” the number of deaths from coronavirus. The official Covid-19 daily death toll may never be brought back following an investigation into Public Health England's method of counting it, the Telegraph understands. The conclusions of the review, which was ordered by Matt Hancock after it emerged officials were "over-exaggerating” deaths from the virus, are expected this week. One expected recommendation would be to stop daily reporting altogether and move to a weekly official death toll instead ... a significant proportion of the daily out-of-hospital death toll relates to patients who recovered from...
  • New light cast on Scotland's Bronze Age mountain dwellers on Arran [Glen Rosa, Isle of Arran]

    07/24/2020 11:09:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    The Scotsman (tall and handsome built) ^ | Tuesday, 21st July 2020 | Alison Campsie
    The dig revealed a central hearth area of stone and clay with remnants of hazel charcoal. The charcoal was submitted to the laboratory at the Scottish University Environmental Research Centre (SUERC) for a radiocarbon date, which revealed that the round house was occupied around 1400 -1300 BC. NTS commissions radiocarbon dating on a number of select items each year to aid in the charity's work to protect Scotland's heritage. With no chronologically diagnostic artefacts on the site, the dating process was the only way to place the round house in to the timeline of Arran's past.The site of the roundhouse...
  • Ukrainian jet victim ran company suspected by UN of violating Libyan arms embargo

    01/24/2020 11:33:14 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 1-24-20
    One of the passengers on the Ukrainian jet downed by Iranian missiles earlier this month was a businesswoman who was the boss of two companies cited in a UN report for links to the shadowy arms trade supplying the protracted civil war in Libya. Olena Malakhova, 38, had been allocated a place in the second row of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 from Tehran to Kiev, according to a seating plan of the aircraft seen by CNN. She was one of only two Ukrainian passengers on the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff from the Iranian capital on January 8,...
  • Beautiful Iona, Lunga, Staffa & Mull Summer 2019 (Our Daily Walk)

    Come aboard for a short trip around the beautiful Scottish Inner Hebridean islands of Iona, Lunga, Staffa and Mull, accompanied by some carefully chosen music! The islands are even more stunning when the sun shines, as it did in June 2019! We started in Oban on the mainland, got a ferry to Mull and then drove across the single track road to Fionnport for the ferry to Iona. This tiny island is the crucible of Christianity in Britain. You can walk to St. Columba's bay where the saint landed in the 6th century and visit the rebuilt abbey. After the...
  • Priest to Scottish Gov’t: Pubs Are Allowed to Open, So Why Can’t We Have Mass?

    07/08/2020 6:31:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/7/20 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    ‘It is extremely concerning that there may now be some further delay in allowing the return to public worship,’ wrote Father Michael J. Kane, pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge. ‘It is deeply distressing that Catholics cannot receive the Sacraments.’COATBRIDGE, Scotland, July 7, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― A Catholic priest has published an objection to the Scottish government’s continuing ban on public church services. Father Michael J. Kane is the pastor of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coatbridge, a town about 10 miles east of Glasgow. In a June 26 open letter to Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP) Fulton...
  • Changing diets in Pictish Portmahomack

    07/07/2020 10:25:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Current Archaeology ^ | July 1, 2020 | Amy Brunskill
    Interestingly, there is no evidence that this community ate any marine or freshwater fish, despite the fact that it would have been readily available in their coastal location. Archaeological evidence of naval bases, depictions of boats and sea beasts on Pictish stones, and references in literature demonstrate that Pictish communities had a relationship with the sea and would have been able to fish. However, images of salmon in Pictish carvings could indicate that fish had some symbolic importance, and it has been suggested that the consumption of all fish was deliberately avoided, or reserved for a select few. The Picts...
  • Former Dornoch man discovers 5500-year-old cup in loch

    06/28/2020 12:43:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 33 replies
    Northern Times ^ | June 23, 2020 | Mike Merritt
    A former Royal Navy diver and Dornoch native has discovered an almost completely intact 5500-year-old cup, hidden in the mud of a loch in the Outer Hebrides... on the Isle of Lewis on Friday... The location has been kept secret at this stage, but Mr Murray described it as "a beautiful example" of the Neolithic age and was the first person to drink from it in thousands of years. Mr Murray has also previously discovered similar bowls around mysterious man-made islands in the Outer Hebrides which have led to a "startling" re-writing of history. The structures - known as crannogs...
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 6/26/2020 Newsdump Friday

    06/26/2020 9:30:38 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 3 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 6/26/2020 | Nextrush/Self
    Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signing an executive order today shutting down bars in Texas and limiting restaurant capacity...... A federal judge ruling to block restrictions on religious gatherings in New York...... The White House coronavirus task force held it first briefing in weeks today..... Facebook moving to label "potentially harmful posts" following a massive boycott campaign by big business giants..... A gunfight in Mexico City this morning during an assassination attempt on the city's security chief..... "I will never forget how we Pakistanis were embarrassed when the Americans came into Abbottabad and killed Osama Bin Laden, martyred him" Those...
  • Knifeman 'stabs three victims dead in Glasgow hotel before being shot by armed police' as major incident is declared

    06/26/2020 6:29:10 AM PDT · by Riflema · 12 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 6/26 | Martin Robinson
    Glasgow is on lockdown today amid unconfirmed reports that three people have been stabbed to death in a hotel by a knifeman then shot by armed police. The Scottish city centre is on lockdown after Police Scotland declared a 'major incident' at around 1pm before officers with automatic weapons stormed the Park Inn hotel in West George Street.