Sunday, 31 May 2015

DNA study crowdfunding appeal from Strathclyde University

From the University of Strathclyde's Genealogical Studies programme (

The Genealogical Studies Postgraduate Programme at the University of Strathclyde is following up the genetic genealogy research it undertook as part of the Battle of Bannockburn Family History Project (see by conducting further research on male line descents from the Stewart, Berkeley and Grey families. The researchers are now seeking funds to allow further DNA testing and to help cover costs for staff research time. Test results have been received for a documented male line descendant of Sir John Stewart, Sheriff of Bute, a son of King Robert II, and it is hoped to upgrade this test to allow close comparison with the Big Y test results of Earl Castle Stewart. This may show up genetic markers which would identify descendants of Robert II.

The research in this field uses methodologies which are transferable to other surnames where documented male line descendants can be identified. This makes it possible to discover previously unknown medieval descents for individuals who can only prove their ancestry back two hundred years or so.

Any donations would be gratefully received and can be made via the following webpage -

(With thanks to Graham Holton)


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