Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Director of Programmes at Scottish Television, he now runs the burgeoning Borders Book Festival as well as a production company based near Selkirk. He has written six previous books that are published by Birlinn.
Dr James F. Wilson is a population geneticist. His DPhil is from the University of Oxford where his initial studies with Professor David Goldstein led to the identification of the first genetic signatures of Norse Viking ancestry in the British Isles. This led to the BBC series 'Blood of the Vikings', which traced the legacy of the Vikings in the British Isles through a genetics survey. A keen genealogist, Jim is a native of Orkney but also has roots in Shetland.
A history of Scottish ancestry that combines the new genetic knowledge gained from DNA with written history and archaeology to give the first full picture of the Scots and their heritage. Click here to see The British: A Genetic Journey by the same author.Like for Like ReadingTracing Your Scottish Ancestors, National Archives of ScotlandA History of Scotland, Neil Oliver A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher... 'Alistair Moffat’s two books on DNA history (The Scots: A Genetic Journey and The British: A Genetic Journey) are extraordinary achievements. As a best-selling historian and director of a highly successful DNA testing company he’s uniquely qualified to provide for the general reader an accessible yet historically and scientifically informed account of a very complicated story. He always writes very clearly (good news for any editor!) and his use of feature boxes to include fascinating complementary material only adds to the appeal.' - Andrew Simmons, Editorial Manager, Birlinn Ltd
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