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From: "Mark MacDonald" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] DAVIDSON CLAN ORIGINS - MacPHERSON or COMYN
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 12:46:40 -0600
In Clan Donald we were definitively able to determine that our
progenitor around 1100 differed from the paternal lines of many written
histories. We also resolved a parallel issue for the Robertsons.
Solicit Mc Phersons and Davidsons but if you use FTDNA indicate that
your study is open to Comyns: these studies are ideal to answer that
type of historical inquiry. Get a notice of the study in the clan
newsletters describing the question. There is no shortcut for doing the
work if noone else has launched a study.
From: jimbettyd [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2004 11:23 AM
Subject: [DNA] DAVIDSON CLAN ORIGINS - MacPHERSON or COMYN
At this point I have done no testing. I have only one question that I
feel DNA testing might be of significant value:
It is widely accepted that the father of the Scot Davidsons is one
David Dhub of Inverness. Who David was is the question. Traditional
history has placed him as the fourth son of Mhuiah Mor, the McPherson
about 1250. However, a more recent thought, supported by the current
Clan historian is that he was a younger son of John Comyn who was
murdered by Robert Bruce. I would suppose that Y-DNA testing could
resolve this in favor of one theory or the other, or perhaps neither.
If so, is there possibly an existing database that would provide the
data to make this determination? To assemble a representative sample of
testees from all three lines could be a major endeavor.
Just thought I would run this past you.
Thank you Jim Davidson
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