Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms, Oxford University finds

“Britons are still living in the same ‘tribes’ that they did in the 7th Century, Oxford University has found after an astonishing study into our genetic make-up.

…The most striking genetic split can be seen between people living in Cornwall and Devon, where the division lies exactly along the county border. It means that people living on either side of the River Tamar, which separates the two counties, have different DNA.”

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This stuff is probably of limited interest to most BCF readers. Sorry about that. I’m sure most of you will feel free to skip.

So: these results don’t surprise me in the least. To my mind they’re confirmed by the fact that Britain is (still) so very regional. The large number of extremely strong and sometimes nearly mutually unintelligible accents all across the island attest to the fairly obvious fact that britons haven’t for the most part moved around much, at all, for centuries. London is obviously the exception. It certainly would have been even before the Empire kicked off – that’s what metropolises are for. However, what is usually described in North America as an “English” or even “British” accent is actually what the brits call “standard received”, (or just “posh”), that is, middle-to-upper class and a-regional.

My father was from Yorkshire. I actually – I don’t think it amounts to a theory – but I have a notion that men from Yorkshire tend often to have large and rather squarish heads. I realize this sounds endearingly eccentric vaguely psychotic, but if some large-square-headed-guy with a large-square-headed-family became the Big Man in the West Riding 1,000 years ago I don’t see why it necessarily has to be wrong.

Anyway, I think the whole subject is kind of neat.

  • pop

    Fascinating, considering my ancestors came from there.

  • pop

    .. Ive always thought it’s in your core….

    I might take it to the high court for land rights and passport because I’m more British than the arabs they bring in.

    • Rosenmops

      Isn’t that the truth. Probably many of us are. Not that I have any desire to move to the UK the way things are their now.

  • Paulla

    The man in my life is a Yorkshireman and he definitely has a large square head.

  • Ron MacDonald

    I have an interest in this, had my DNA done about five years ago. My maternal grandmother descends from prominent Yorkshire families Bewicke and Calverley, I have detailed data on these families going back 13 generations.

  • ed

    also news came out that the modern European man has traces of micro condial DNA from nethanderal man .showing that at one stage 8-10.000 years ago they interbred , African negro DNA shows no trace of nethanderal man , so the white man did not come out of Africa ! now that makes me a happy anglo saxon Englishman [ed uk]

  • ontario john

    I blame the Jews and of course Harper.

  • Genetics and history are always interesting – thanks for posting.

    • Frau Katze

      I was going to post earlier but decided against it. Looks like I was wrong. It’s been all over the blogs on the subject.

  • Dana Garcia

    More proof that despite all the diversity propaganda spewed by the left, humans are deeply tribal.

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  • Xavier

    I remember reading a recent study that showed the vast majority of people stayed close to their birthplace, meaning that there has been less genetic flow than jet age global village adherents would have us believe.

    Genetics is interesting and relevant – please post more stories like this anytime you find them.

  • Gettingby

    It would be interesting to do Liberal/Conservative overlay to see which group is intent on destroying the country.

  • simus1

    The English language along the Thames near London was a work in progress even in Shakespeare’s time. There could be communities on opposites banks where one spoke an English very much closer to Dutch than what passed for an English dialect across the water and being mutually and easily understood was unlikely.