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CASE STUDY 11: Scottish Lowlander Smith's!
From Mr Smith; 'I love the report and and yes, please do use the report on your web site.'
CASE STUDY 10: Very Ancient Britons!
From Mr Gowin; 'Scots we are! We have already started our search for the commonality between the area you believe my ancestor originated and that of my last known ancestor.
CASE STUDY 9: Pictish DNA so far south!
From Mr Templeton; 'Many thanks for the fast turn around & the great report.'
CASE STUDY 8: Norse-Gaels and hired Mercenaries from the Highlands and Islands!
From Mr Terry; 'A very Scientific approach!'
CASE STUDY 7: The Scottish Shannon's 9th Century Irish settlers in the land of the foreign Gael!
From Mr Shannon; This is great! I find it fascinating.
CASE STUDY 6: The Lowlander Mitchell's
From Mr Mitchell: I have just read your impressive results. There is much to absorb. 'thanks again for your very expert contribution to my DNA origins!!'
CASE STUDY 5: The Scottish Conner Clan from Aberdeenshire
When one thinks of the Surname Conner we automatically assume that it is of Irish Origin (O'Connor is the 7th most common Irish surname). There are potentially many tens of thousands of people with this surname throughout the world and all may automatically assume that they have Irish roots. However the test subject Mr Conner has no distant ancestral link to the island of Ireland. His roots and his surname are linked solely with Scotland.
CASE STUDY 4: Anglo-Saxon and Lowlander Scot from Scotland's central belt
Walker is one of the most common surnames in both Scotland and England. It is associated with Scottish, English but also possible Viking ancestry. As such there are likely to have been many unrelated 'Walker Adam's' who lived in different locations throughout Britain when surnames became common approximately 1,000 years ago. As a result this proved to be one of the most challenging Case Studies to date! In the end the analysis turned on a crucial single surname.
CASE STUDY 3: A mercenary Scot from Galloway who settled in Ireland?
This was one of those Case Studies that can fit easily in both the Scottish Origenes and Irish Origenes websites. The test subjects distant ancestors were undoubtedly from Galloway in the south west of Scotland. But there is family history and an Irish Surname that suggests a more recent association with Ireland. The DNA reveals evidence for both and an interesting glimpse of the flow of mercenary Scots known as Gallowglass into Ireland that went on for nealy 400 years. It is no surprise therefore that the evidence of this should appear in the DNA results.
CASE STUDY 1: A lowlander Scot and Border Reiver!
Mr Colm Bell is a good friend of me and was also a willing participant in this study. Colm had no idea about his ancestry, his recent family background is associated with people of the Catholic faith living in Dublin City, Ireland, the last thing he expected was to rediscover that his ancestors lived for centuries on the turbulent Scottish and English borderlands.