Wednesday, 22 June 2011


The Norse are alive and well and living in the North West England

The Norse are alive and well and living in the North West of England. That's the revelation in a new book on an epic research project into the genetic footprint of the Scandinavian invaders.

Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project is the culmination of several years of research by Professor Steve Harding from the University of Nottingham, Professor Mark Jobling and Dr Turi King from the University of Leicester, and many other collaborators. It highlights the power of modern DNA methods for investigating ancestry, in this case using the North West of England as an example.

The North West has long been known to have special links with the Norse going back over a thousand years. Evidence has taken several forms such as archaeological, ancient manuscripts, local surnames and place names such as 'Thingwall' from the Old Norse 'ing-vollr' meaning 'meeting place'.

The new book tells the story of how 21st century genetic methods have been used in conjunction with historical and linguistic evidence to investigate the Norse ancestry of North West of England. DNA analysis of samples of the local population has scientifically proved that the Vikings settled in the area in large numbers and left a genetic legacy which survives and continues today.

The researchers new Norse saga unfolded as they carried out cheek swab DNA tests on around 100 men from the area who had local surnames dating back hundreds of years. Some names were sourced from a tax register from the time of King Henry VIII, others from lists of alehouse and criminal records, and a list of people who contributed to the stipend of a priest. Only men were chosen because they carry the Y-chromosome, the DNA on which, like their surname, is passed down the paternal line from father to son with little or no change.
The results found that up to 50 per cent of the DNA from the men of both Old Wirral and Old West Lancashire ancestry was indeed Norse in origin. The full scientific study appeared in the leading journal 'Molecular Biology and Evolution' but has now been put into context for a wider audience in this new, full colourillustrated book which pulls together all the evidence, both scientific and historical.

Professor Steve Harding said: "The results forming the basis of this book were very exciting because they tie in with the other evidence from the area. We have tried to explain the background and the DNA method in a way that everyone can understand, and it should be of interest to anyone who is curious about the Vikings and ancestry".

The Wirral and West Lancashire Viking DNA survey has now been extended to North Lancashire, Cumbria and over the Pennines to North Yorkshire to see how far the Norse settlers from the Irish Sea penetrated into medieval northern England. 

Viking DNA. The Wirral and West Lancashire ProjectThe researchers are also collaborating with experts in Scandinavia focusing again on people who can show that their ancestry goes back many generations in particular parts of Scandinavia. In this way they will be able to get a much better idea of what the genetic profile of Scandinavia was like in the Viking age. 

Viking DNA: The Wirral and West Lancashire Project (ISBN 978-1907284946) has been published by Nottingham University Press
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One thing I do know for sure without an academic department investigating: it had nothing to do with Pakistanis or black Africans.



Silly Kuffar said...

Andyj said...

I do believe many foreigners came to the UK but they went home. Only in the mongrel pit (London) did they stay to become something with no past, no pride, no roots.

The masses that left for the crusades for instance, came home.

Can you imagine all the "naturalised" muslims staying here when the oil and gas has all been used up and we now freeze in our beds and cannot afford to import food or feed the useless when there is a perfectly warm country they can move to and be at home in?
I can dream...

SK, your link couldn't fit but I found it.
[join here]

Sir Henry Morgan said...

They didn't come here during Viking times.

Andyj said...

Oh you mean the Indo-Europids were not here? When they became Muslims and under the Ottoman Empire they used to raid the South coast for slaves. A stinking scourge!

There's a good few places around here with Nordic names. Whether it be Ainsdale, Anglezarke or even Scholes!

Silly Kuffar said...

Hi Andyj - Link needs to be selected then left click and search google option.

bluehorse9 said...

Waes Hael -

This is long overdue -

bluehorse9 said...

A disgusting self-hater -

Anonymous said...

bluehorse9 said...
This is long overdue -

Agree entirely,

A disgusting self-hater -

As a Mother, and female, I am ashamed of this female, watch the male person behind her. Sadly, this is a product of the breakdown of morals in our society. This female, is acting like a piece of meat, obviously drunk, maybe druged,
a simple ? she is unemplyed|unemployable, yet has money for drink and drugs..who is supplying this kind of sad person, perhaps a Pak- in a BMW or Merc, till we remove the supplier, we shall still encounter this.

Lanky Patriot said...

Trouble is she is as we say in Wigan "feaw" and possibly the only man? who would take her on is somebody equally repulsive.

As they say "beggars can't be choosers"