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The Scots: A Genetic Journey [Kindle Edition]

Alistair Moffat , James Wilson

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"[Moffat] is wonderfully able to communicate the epic elements of the story, which matters because that's precisely what man's survival has been." ---"Scotsman"


‘Here, guided by Jim Wilson’s researches into Scottish genetic history, he (Alistair Moffat) tackles on the of the biggest stories possible: linking up the story of the earliest Scots to the earliest men... He is wonderfully able to communicate the epic elements of the story – which matters because that’s precisely what man’s survival has been’ - David Robinson, The Scotsman ‘I’ve been enjoyably immersed in it since it arrived on my doorstep last week...wonderfully readable. This is no dry, academic account, but it’s the most fascinating and thought-provoking treatment of interlocking aspects of our early history I’ve yet to read. I recommend it whole-heartedly’ - Colin Will, poet and publisher ‘Alistair Moffat explores the history of where we all came from, with the help of new DNA science’ - BBC Radio Scotland ‘In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, historian and broadcaster Alistair Moffat taps into the latest advances in DNA science to find that our origins lie not only deep in the mists of time, but right off the map... with the help of historical geneticist Jim Wilson, he finds that, post-Ice Age, Scotland's earliest settlers walked here from what is now Spain’ - Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman ‘In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat and James F. Wilson explore the history that is printed in our genes, and in a remarkable new approach come to some fascinating conclusions about who we are and where we came from’ - The Orcadian ‘The fusion of science and the physical history – like an abandoned croft – allows people to trace their Scots ancestry with precision’ - Sunday Herald ‘The Scots: A Genetic Journey, a book and radio series based on Moffat and Wilson’s research, concludes that all Scots are immigrants by descent. Britain as a whole is a mongrel nation’ - Julian Baggini ‘Skillfully written, weaving together genetics, archaeology, history, and topics of interest like red hair ‘ - James Honeychuck on Amazon History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, with a new census appearing in 2011 and after more than ten years of a new parliament. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies and we carry the ancient story of Scotland around with us. The mushrooming of genetic studies, of DNA analysis, is rewriting our history in spectacular fashion. In The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and in so doing colour vividly a DNA map of Scotland.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent overview of several thousand years of Scottish history 5. Juli 2011
Von David Wilson - Veröffentlicht auf
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I have read books dedicated to the history of Scotland that were less informative than this one, which does not even profess to be a standard history. Instead it focuses on the genetic roots of the Scots. But you could leave out the DNA discussions and still have a first-rate overview of the land and its peoples' interactions with populations in England, Ireland and Scandinavia.

I think the jury must remain out on a few of the genetic associations and assertions made by the authors. Scotland is a place with a complex genetic history. It is not difficult to discern different markers in the DNA of the Scots that point to different eras of immigration, shifts in power, and decline of particular components of the population. I am not convinced that the authors have properly associated one distinct genetic profile with the ancient Picts, though of course they may be right. Similarly, their treatment of a marker found extensively in Northern Ireland and Lowland Scotland seems to combine different clans and families in a way not supported by traditional genealogy and records.

Even if the authors overreach in some of their analysis, this book is rich in food for thought. Several books have been written in recent years about the peopling of the British Isles, many of them using DNA analysis of modern populations as a tool. I consider this one the best I have encountered so far.

(I have followed the use of DNA analysis for both genealogical and anthropological analysis for about a decade. About 4-5 years ago I used the laboratory services of co-author Wilson -- no relation, as confirmed by DNA! -- to establish several marker values from a DNA sample I provided. I am not a molecular biologist, but I consider myself an educated layman.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An excellent journey through time.... 17. April 2011
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I bought the book because both my husband and myself have Scottish ancestry, and I was curious about what the authors had to say. If you are looking for a book that has an extensive list of genealogical data, this is not it, although it has some. It is a sweeping story of the history of a region of the earth, and how that history is reflected in the bloodlines of the people living there today. It is surprisingly interesting, easy to digest, and you can learn a lot, quite painlessly. I highly recommend this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This is a great book 18. Februar 2012
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This is a GREAT book so is the dna company run by James Wilson-it used to be named Ethnoancestry ow its Scottishdna.Anyway this book gives good info about differant dna types in Scottish people not just on Scotland but in thier descendant around the wrold and has good historical value to clarify it also.For me I am an American-my family has been here since the early 1600-1700's in the South.My famly is mostly Englsih with some Scotch Irish and German too.I did a y-dna tests with ethnoancetry even before I got the book.My results showed I had a Scottish-Celtic ydna type-in fact its the most Scottish of all the Celtic -Y-DNA types-I have the "Pictish" Y'DNA type which is found mainly ust in Scotland only and is rare in Ireland or England.This bok tells about the many historical ancestors that make up the Scottish people and thier diapora.From the Celtic ones to the Saxon and Viking ones too and even the rare Viking types found in Orkney and Lewis and the Viking Y DNA of many Highland Clans as the Mc Donalds plus it compare Clan history with dna results-for instance the McGregors have the highest pircent of any Pictish -Y;dna of any single Clan-becuae of thier historical location and the Clans that are supposed to be descended from Vikings-it shows how with all of them thier Chiefs are in fact of Viking Y-DNA.And with the Pictish type thier is variant of it called sometimes the "Campbell" Pictish varation-its basically the Pictish Y'DNA cluster that's found mainly around Dumbarton-the Ancient seat of the Kings of Strathclyde.and Not to forget the Angles them selves plus some rare Viking Y-DNA types found mainly with the McLeods and other places like Orkney but rare in other areas of Viking settlement.And it shows Dr Wilson is of mainly Orcadian Norse ancestry but his Y-DNA is from a Southern Pictish-Caledonian tribe that lived near Stirling.There really isnt enough you can say about ths book-its really informative and has -Y-DNA maps of the entire British Isles and the frequency and distribution over both Britian and Ireland of some of the Y-DNA types it talkes about and within Scotland itslef too so yo can see where in Scotland your dna type ismost frequent and its origins.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Could have been presented better 5. Mai 2011
Von James M. Mulvihill - Veröffentlicht auf
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It's difficult to stay up to date in such a fast moving field, so books get outdated quickly...and this one is no exception. No fault of the authors here, just an observation.
Structurally, the book is quite uneven, and one gets the feeling that Wilson's contribution on the DNA was added as a series of plug-ins, fitting in an already scripted story line only approximately and clumsily. The story line itself is very uneven, zigging from one anecdote to another within a broad framework, but with often little connection.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The origins of the Scots 14. November 2012
Von Iain Esslemont - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a relatively recent history of Scots origins and so is most up-to-date and very complete, as far as is known. A reason is given for the 'disappearance' of the Picts. The history of Scotland in the first millennium AD is extremely complicated and it takes more than one reading to digest it all. The format, part history and part narrative, is a good balance. It is a very full and authoritative book and well worth reading, and useful as a reference.
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