Yes, we have that colouring in my father's Cornish/Devonshire family. I
worked abroad back in the 1970s and a group of us were having lunch with
some of the local staff and they said to the two other English employees
in the group that they would know they were English if they saw them in
the street but they turned to me and said that they wouldn't have known
I was. I explained about Cornwall. I was convinced my DNA test would
result in something exotic but it hasn't. England, Scotland and Ireland
97% and a mysterious 3% German.
The looks don't appear to come from Wales, though, the study done by
Oxford University says that Cornish DNA is closer to Devon's DNA than to
Welsh (see the link Jane posted). Just to confuse the issue even more,
the Welsh DNA is said to be closest to the original hunter gatherer
inhabitants of Britain before the agriculturalists arrived and my Mtdna
(U5) is the Mtdna associated with them. Mtdna is passed from mother to
daughter so that comes from my mother's Scottish ancestry who have
blonde and red hair so it just goes to show how complex it is and there
are no easy answers.
And harking back to Nancy's comment about blue eyes, apparently, all of
us who have blue eyes have a common ancestor about 10,000 years ago.
And DNA investigation of "Cheddar Man" (whose Mtdna was also U5)
resulted in surprising colouring:
People moved around much more than we expect in the distant past and
modern scientific testing keeps revealing the most surprising things.
The "Amesbury Archer" who was found buried near Stonehenge and was
possibly involved in the construction of Stonehenge had spent his early
life in central Europe, either Switzerland, Austria or Germany. The
grave is the richest found in Britain from the early bronze age so he
was a person of great importance and has also been nicknamed the "King
------ Original Message ------
From: "Marie McCulloch" <tegmac(a)iinet.net.au>
To: "devon(a)rootsweb.com" <devon(a)rootsweb.com>
Sent: Friday, 8 Nov, 2019 At 22:35
Subject: [DEV] Re: Brits genes
Many thanks for the web site address.
From what I have read over decades there was a lot of trading with Tin
and other commodities between the various countries.
Not to mention the trade with Wales. Several in the family have been
told they had typical Welsh colouring…….. dark hair, blue eyes
Sent from Mail for Windows 10
From: joy.langdon--- via DEVON
Sent: Saturday, 9 November 2019 5:29 AM
Subject: [DEV] Re: Brits genes
Early trade between Cornwall and the Mediterranean has been suggested
for a long time and my November/December copy of "British Archaeology"
reported that scientists have identified Cornish tin ingots found at
Late Bronze Age wreck sites in the Eastern Mediterranean. Of course, it
doesn't prove direct contact, the tin could have been traded in stages.
Here is the report in "The Times".
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