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From: David Faux <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] BBC, the Celt Map, and Some Rethinking
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2003 11:43:21 -0800 (PST)

Hello Mark:

Fascinating information. Thanks.

If your testing was done by FTDNA, would it be possible to separate the Gael from the Norwegian McDonalds on the basis of a comparison of each haplotype with the data in the "Haplogroup Database"? For example, my R1b is clearly not Gaelic in historical times since I have no Scottish matches, but match samples in Norway, France and Iceland. Wouldn't this type of pattern in your McDonalds be suggestive of Norwegian origin; and those whose matches are primarily Scottish and Irish - might it not be reasonable to assert that they are of Gaelic origin?

David F.

Mark MacDonald <> wrote:
Of course it could be. When I check my Clan Donald data base of
R1bs against the Icelandic data of Helgasson which also includes
Norwegian and Danish data I can exclude any Danish influence but am
totally unable to determine which of my R1bs are of Norse ancestry. We
know that the MacDonalds are of mixed Norse/Gael ancestry because our
chiefs are R1a in the male line and 66% of the MacDonalds are R1b. Our
lands and islands lay along the main Viking highway from Norway to

Dr. David K. Faux, P.O. Box 192, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA

Dr. David K. Faux, P.O. Box 192, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA

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