John is a lecturer at a university in Edinburgh and a member of ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy). He gives talks on using DNA for family history research in Scotland, and is interested in how genetic genealogy can help to uncover the origins and spread of surnames. He is involved in a project researching the fate of Scottish prisoners captured by Cromwell in the Civil War and transported to America, working with the Prisoners’ descendants using DNA and genealogy to discover more about their fate and find where they may have come from.