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From: Doug McDonald <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] An R1a Question
Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 09:30:30 -0500
R. & G. Stevens wrote:
> Dear List,
> I need an R1a expert (or a reasonbable facsimile thereof)
> to take a look at the haplotype of a friend of mine at
> YSearch 479HA and tell me how it compares with the famous
> Somerled R1a haplotype.
> I'm looking for an objective third party viewpoint.
> Could he be a descendant?
This haplotype differs from the "Somerled" (actually John,
Lord of the Isles, d. 1386) one at 12 markers. That makes it
very unlikely he is a descendant of John. The 9-9 at 459a is
very diagnostic of not being a Somerled descendant. With
just the differences at 390, 389-1, and especially 458 he
would not really be excluded, as it is possible that
Somerled himself was 15 at 458, since many McAlisters
have that value. This is a Norse-type R1a that is of the
same larger family as Somerled.
See the data tables at dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org,
in the "results" section and the "After Somerled" section.
Clan Donald DNA Project data custodian and webmaster