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Hang onto your Kilts! Scots woke up today to discover that part of their national DNA is Siberian

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15 August 2012


Ruins of old castle by Loch Ness, Inverness, Scotland. Picture: The Siberian Times 

Until now the main similarity between Scotland and Siberia was a love of porridge. 

While Siberians are now credited - thanks to DNA and archeological evidence - with not only discovering but populating the Americas long before Columbus was born, they also migrated to Europe's most extreme westerly point, according to Alistair Moffat, a noted historian and current rector of St Andrews University.

The ongoing study of the national genetic code has already produced other shocks for the Scots, the most disturbing of which is that some of their most eminent people are in fact English.

As well as Siberian DNA, the researchers have found  West African, Arabian, and south-east Asian blood in Scotland, says The Scotsman newspaper. 

'The explanation is simple. We are a people on the edge of beyond; on the end of a massive continent. Peoples were migrating northwest; and they couldn't get any further. We have collected them,' Moffat told the Edinburgh international book festival.

The results come in a book he co-authored with leading geneticist Dr Jim Wallace of Edinburgh University called The Scots: A Genetic Journey.

Among other 'discoveries' from the DNA study is that a retired woman teacher Marina Donald is a direct descendant of the Queen of Sheba, while another pensioner retired lecturer Ian Kinnaird found he was directly descended from the earth's very first woman, who lived 190,000 years ago.

'It is an astonishing result and means he could have been in the 'Garden of Eden', claimed Moffat who was horrified to find that his own ancestral roots were English. 

When the time comes for Siberia to check its DNA in the same way as Scotland it is also likely to find a myriad of hitherto unknown traces due to centuries of inward migration, some of it forced. 

It is more than likely that Scottish traces will be found in the Siberian DNA too. Names such as Lermontov can have Scots traces - as does Makferson. 

Comments (8)

Reddit has 23andme where lots of lots of Scottish people showcase their DNA results and they don't usually have any Siberian DNA. I wonder if it's only found in few northern Scots.
Benny, United States
08/08/2020 07:17
Before I had even read about the possible link with Siberia and Scotland, I often wondered about the very asiatic looks of grandparents on both side of my family both of whom came from Scotland.

The distinctive facial fatures of my mother's father and my father's mother made me wonder where our acestry came from on boths sides of the family; both sides of the family had strongly asiatic features in both faces and eyes. I too look like this.

I am proud to be a Scot but also pleasantly surprised that I may also have Siberian ancestry.
AL, Australia
09/07/2020 18:17
There is no functional link to the studies where they found this. Scottish people who show their rest results on Youtube don't have Siberian link. Most ancestry test websites done on Scots show them to be closely related to people of England, Wales and Ireland. Which makes sense.
Danna, United States
24/04/2020 07:49
This doesn't surprise me. Many, many Scots, including myself are descendants of Rurik through both the House of Dunkeld, the mother of St Margaret of Wessex, who married David I of Scotland, was Agatha, the daughter of Yaroslav the Wise of Kiev. This explains the prevalence of 'Greek' names in the Norman-Celtic royal family of Scotland following... Constantine, Alexander are Scottish king names never used in the lingua franca aristocratic western Europe of the time.
Richard, United Kingdom
27/01/2020 00:55
Sorry Ruskies, the Americas were populated by people who were already genetically distinct people who most closely related to modern Native Americans. They were already a separate people, and werent Siberians due to being isolated by themselves for 15,000 years in Alaska. Siberia had nothing to do with populating the Americas. The ancestral Native Americans thru a back migration, populated Siberia, and Russia.
Normandie Kent, Santa Barbara, California
08/03/2019 11:03
It's true, I had a DNA test to link me to other clan member of the clan Donnachaidh (MacConnechy) when I looked up my DNA code it revealed I am Siberian, probably closely related to the Sammi people of northern Finland.
Here's me thinking I was Celtic with a possible link to the Vikings, but it seems I have very little in common with the people of Western Europe.
I'm proud to be Siberian :-)
Angus, Glenesk, Scotland
01/10/2017 00:42
haha, I better check my DNA, and quick
Tom, E'burgh
16/08/2012 01:58
you've got to be joking!
a Scot,
15/08/2012 21:20

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