Celtic Red Hair From Vikings?

Jun 11, 2015 by

If you have Scottish and/or Irish ancestry AND red hair, you probably also have VIKING ancestry, according to a new study.

The director for Nordic Studies at the University of the Highlands and Islands says red hair is modern evidence of the influence of the ancient Vikings in Celtic lands.

Professor Donna Heddle is the director for both the University of the Highlands and Islands’ Centre for Nordic Studies. She is a leading expert on the Norse and has reached the conclusion that Scotland’s famous red hair is a vestige from the invading Vikings. If the compelling case which Heddle makes is true, it means the Vikings were very successful at spreading their DNA in this Northern kingdom.

Heddle explains that the perception that the invading Vikings were blond is a myth. The Vikings were likely red headed. Relatively few people in the world have red hair. Statistics are that only 0.6% of the population have that hair color. However, countries with the highest concentrations of red hair are all part of ancient Viking trading routes. Scandinavia, though long stereotyped for a high number blonds, has a high concentration of red haired people.

“The perception that the Norse were blond is nothing more than a prevalent myth,” she said. “Genetically speaking, the chances of them having blond hair weren’t that likely. The chances are that they would have had red hair. Interestingly, if you look at where red hair occurs in the world you can almost map it to Viking trading routes.”

Professor Heddle explains that in Ireland, the red hair concentrations are in the areas where the Vikings settled. She states that an observation of dispersal patterns shows a dark red spot in Scotland and a corresponding spot in Scandinavia. There is nothing similar to be found in Europe which lends further credence that the DNA gene for red hair had to have been imported from the Vikings and the Norse.

Source: Vikings Responsible for Scottish Red Hair Gene? | eCanadaNow

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Whisky Wednesday With The Butler

Feb 26, 2014 by

Wednesday is a good day to try a dram or two of a new whisky or whiskey, depending on your preference.   You won’t appear as desperate as you might on a Monday night (the week has barely begun), and you’ll have more time to properly savor the taste results than you would on a Friday night (TGIF–just gimme a bottle!).  While you’re at it, you may as well invite a friend over to share in your Celtic heritage appreciation event…but which whisky will make the cut?

 

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Personally, I love single malts, preferably with peaty smokiness, paired with a hint of sweetness.   I’ve read reviews of the newest release from Highland Park,  Scotland’s northernmost single malt distillery, and it may be a good match for me.   Distilled in an area that was once a Norse stronghold in Viking Age Scotland, HP’s new 15 year old whisky is named after Freya, the Norse goddess of love, and is said to taste of lush fruitiness and smoky earthiness, closing with a spicy finish.

Sounds like the perfect uisge beatha to share with my favorite Scottish Butler.

Not sure which whisk(e)y you should try?   I recommend consulting  Whisky For Everyone , a wonderful blog for all whisky lovers, whether you’re just starting to appreciate this much-loved elixir of the Celts or you’re a long-time whisky drinker–they always have a list of the latest whisky releases.

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Valentine’s Day KILTED Eye Candy

Feb 3, 2014 by

 

Looking for an alternative to the same old Valentine’s Day gift of candy? Try some kilted eye candy!  Our 2014 Kilted Up calendar is loaded with kilted guys, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Wounded Warrior Project, so you’re actually giving two gifts.  Plus, we’re sharing the love by taking 14% off your total at check out!

Mr March: Kilted Celtic Hottie and Irish Wolfhounds

Mr March: Kilted Celtic Hottie and Irish Wolfhounds

As our March calendar model, Tim, clearly shows–KILTED eye candy is the BEST kind of candy to give a special someone.

Click HERE to order the 2014 KILTED UP calendar, just $14.99 at lulu.com–the perfect gift for a special someone, friends (especially ones who’ve never seen a kiltie!) or family.

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Support our Wounded Warriors AND show off your Scottish heritage by proudly displaying our Men in Kilts calendar!

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Get KILTED UP for Cupid!

Jan 26, 2014 by

Candy and flowers are the old standbys on Valentine’s Day, but this year give something with a real WOW factor–KILTS!   Our 2014 Kilted Up calendar is loaded with kilted guys, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Wounded Warrior Project, so you’re actually giving two gifts. Plus, we’re sharing the love by taking 14% off your total at check out!

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Click HERE to order the 2014 KILTED UP calendar,  just $14.99 at lulu.com–the perfect gift for a special someone, friends (especially ones who’ve never seen a kiltie!) or family. Preview the calendar HERE.

SALE!! Take 14% off your total purchase by using code AMOR14 at checkout!

Support our Wounded Warriors AND show off your Scottish heritage by proudly displaying our Men in Kilts calendar!

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Give a GIFT SLIP for the KILTED UP 2014 CALENDAR!

Dec 18, 2013 by

Need a gift but think it’s too late to ship? Give a GIFT SLIP for the KILTED UP 2014 CALENDAR!

Kilted Up 2014 Calendar on sale now
Kilted Up 2014 Calendar on sale now

Give the gift of our KILTED UP calendar this year!  Click here>> #BESTGIFTEVER to buy.  

Everyone loves men in kilts and our Kilted Up 2014 calendar features twelve REAL men, wearing real kilts, and looking pretty darn fine. Just $14.99 now at Lulu.com– this year’s calendar sales will go in part to support The Wounded Warrior Project, a well-known charity which benefits America’s wounded veterans.

 

If you need a stocking stuffer or gift, but think it’s too late to ship, CLICK HERE>> Lulu.com, buy our calendar and then click the “print a GIFT SLIP” option at checkout. Print the slip, then GIFT the SLIP in the stocking!

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Put Some Kilts Under the Tree

Dec 5, 2013 by

Treat yourself and your friends to a Merry KILTED Christmas with the Kilted Up 2014 Calendar!

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Give the gift of our KILTED UP calendar this year! Everyone loves men in kilts, and our Kilted Up 2014 calendar features twelve REAL men, wearing real kilts, and looking pretty darn fine.  Just $14.99 now at Lulu.com– this year’s calendar sales will go in part to support The Wounded Warrior Project, a well-known charity which benefits America’s wounded veterans.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER now and get 30% OFF–just use coupon code #deckthehalls at check out.

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Mar 28, 2013 by

The Galloglaich were fierce mercenaries of Norse Scottish origin, Dion, based in the Hebrides and West Highlands. They were employed by Irish kings and princes to fight heavy English cavalry and they were also in the armies of King Robert Bruce. Their typical garb was a heavy mail hauberk and domed helmet, their arms a massive two handed sword and the formidable sparth axe.

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