Over eight million Americans have Scottish ancestry, as do huge numbers of Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders. They are generally fiercely proud of their family’s old Scottish roots – as partly shown by the huge popularity of Mel Gibson’s stirring (though not entirely accurate) film Braveheart.
The video below is an illustrated audio lecture on the scientific evidence for the origins of the Scots by one of Scotland’s leading experts.
Lecturer Alasdair Macdonald is volunteer administrator for the Scottish DNA and R-L165 Projects at Family Tree DNA. He is a tutor and member of the core team leading the postgraduate programme in Genealogical Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Although located on the edge of Europe the population of Scotland has been enriched for millennia by the arrival of successive waves of closely related incomers. Alasdair’s talk focuses on DNA testing for genealogical purposes including the origins and inter-relationships between various clans and families.
Some overseas listeners may find his accent a little hard to follow to start with, but for anyone wanting to know more about their Scottish origins, it’s well worth making the effort to follow.