13:15 - 14:00

Although located on the edge of Europe the population of Scotland has been enriched for millennia by the arrival of successive waves of immigrants. Alasdair’s talk will focus on DNA testing for genealogical purposes including recent findings from various projects and the inter-relationships between various clans and families.

Alasdair Macdonald, University of Strathclyde

Alasdair has been involved in family history research since his late teens and has a particular interest in the Scottish Highlands. He completed his MSc on Scottish baronies in 2011 and is a Research Fellow in the Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Strathclyde. His research interests focus on the use of DNA in genealogical research and he is currently researching the origin and linkage of male lineages in the British Isles using Y-chromosomal DNA. He also specializes in Scottish land records and palaeography. Alasdair is one of the administrators of the Scottish DNA Project and the Flemish in Scotland DNA Project.