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The Scots

A Genetic Journey

Alistair Moffat

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Birlinn Ltd
01 July 2017
History has always mattered to Scots, and rarely more so than now at the outset of a new century, after more than ten years of a new parliament and the new census of 2011. An almost limitless archive of our history lies hidden inside our bodies and we carry the ancient story of Scotland around with us. The mushrooming of genetic studies, of DNA analysis, is rewriting our history in spectacular fashion.

In this new edition of The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Alistair Moffat explores the history that is printed on our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and, in so doing, vividly paints a DNA map of Scotland. This edition takes into account recent developments in DNA science and includes recent findings on early farming and its migrations, Neanderthal DNA, the classic Celtic DNA Y chromosome haplogroup, the royal Stewart lineages, and physical characteristics
By:   Alistair Moffat
Imprint:   Birlinn Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   265g
ISBN:   9781780274447
ISBN 10:   1780274440
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   01 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alistair Moffat is a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television. He now runs the Borders and Lennoxlove book festivals and is currently Rector of St Andrews University. He has written numerous books, including Tuscany, The Faded Map, The Sea Kingdoms, The Borders and Scotland: A History From Earliest Times all of which are published by Birlinn.

Reviews for The Scots: A Genetic Journey

'[Moffat] is wonderfully able to communicate the epic elements of the story, which matters because that's precisely what man's survival has been' * Scotsman * 'The fusion of science and the physical history - like an abandoned croft - allows people to trace their Scots ancestry with precision' * Sunday Herald * 'A fascinating picture' -- James Naughtie * Today Programme BBC Radio 4 *


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