Blue bloods, barbarians and berbers

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Arab man tends to camelDundee United’s fans are known as The Arabs* but who would have thought that their nickname was maybe more accurate than any of them realised.

ScotlandsDNA has just announced that they’ve discovered that around 1% of all Scots are descended from the Berber and Tuareg tribesmen of the Sahara (although they haven’t said whether there’s a concentration in the Angus region).

Other revelations from the groundbreaking research project analysing the genetic make-up of Scots include that 15% of men with the surname Stewart have regal blood coursing through their veins as they’re direct descendents of the Royal Stewart line while the ancestors of  the Maeatae, a long-vanished tribe who fought Roman legions in 208 AD can still be found living around the tribe’s homeland in Stirling and the foothills of the Ochils.

For help and advice on checking your Scottish roots, visit AncestralScotland.com.

* apparently, the nickname derives from the fact that the team’s early games were played on sand before a turf pitch was laid

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James Carney

James is a Media Manager at VisitScotland,