Not related to writing, but I’m so stoked over this info that I had to share with *somebody*!
DNA tests prove Scots clan are Viking not Irish
HOLY COW! Just ran across this article, and it’s about Clan MacNeil, the clan that’s connected to my birth mother’s side. There is a Thomas MacNeil mentioned in the 9 generations of genealogy info I have from the family genealogist/historian. Because I can prove my ancestry from Clan MacNeil, if I wanted to visit the Isle of Barra, off of Scotland, I could visit there and also the clan castle. I’d love to do that some day!
The article makes total SENSE because I did my DNA ancestry through 23andme.com and it came up with a shit-ton of Northern European, with Norwegian/Scandinavian. THIS is where that Viking/Norwegian link comes from! WOW. And I stumbled across this article by accident. Holy crap!
I was right all along — that part of my DNA is related to this. I don’t care if I’m not related to Irish royalty, because on my birth father’s side, I’m related to two U.S. presidents AND a Russian Tsar.
This is so freaking exciting to me! Okay, now I’m ready to move to Norway or the Isle of Barra, where my Viking & Scottish ancestors lived. wink emoticon
From the article: “The clan was infamous throughout Scotland and beyond for its Viking-style pirating and great seamanship.
MacNeils raided the seas from their base at Kisimul Castle in Birlinn vessels – boats similar to the Viking longships.
Western Isles MP, Angus MacNeil, who also lives on Barra, said: ‘The MacNeils were a notoriously pirating clan. It’s no surprise we have Norse DNA.
‘Maybe we are the last vikings.’
The MP joked: ‘‘Conquer or die’ is the clan motto. Given the size of the island we ended up on we must have been better at the dying than the conquering.'”