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From: Doug McDonald <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] colla uais DNA
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2006 16:37:15 -0600
Alan R wrote:
> I think it is fairly clear that Somerled had a viking
> male lineage.
To be fair, I think that while this is likely true,
there really is no adequate proof. All we have is Sykes's
word in his book "Adam's Curse" that MacDugalls share
the "Somerled" (R1a) haplotype. He gives no data, and does
not even say how many people he tested. I can find no
significant numbers of R1a MacDugals (or MacDougals or
MacDowells) in public sources. Without them and being YCAIIb
= 21 and 459a = 8 there really is no proof.
What is rock solid is that John (d. 1386) Lord of the Isles
had a Viking male line, shown through three sons. Not quite
as rock solid but solid enough is that Lord John's great
grandfather Donald "the eponymous" was part of this line.
Donald is supposed to be Somerled's grandson.