Tracey Holsgrove wrote:
> On Sun, 22 Jun 1997
> > The Romans described the Celts as very fair of skin which they much
> > admired, being somewhat given to swarthiness themselves. This I can
> > understand as there is no skin anywhere quite like the alabaster skin of
> > a newborn child with Celtic blood. They also described them as fair and
> > tall. Boadicea was reputedly immensely tall and red-haired. Why then
> > are the Cymru (Welsh) as a race predominantly short and dark?
> > I have noticed that there is a distinctive strain of Cymro who is
> > red-haired and very often with this there goes a reedy, rather
> > high-pitched voice (great if you are a tenor) but by and large the Cymru
> > are short and dark. Most sources I have read believe that the Celts
> > arriving in Cymru assimilated the aboriginal population. Is this where
> > it came from or were the Celts on the continent in Roman times
> > substantially different from the Celts who had already settled in
> > Britain?
> > Here is another puzzler. I have read that there is an abnormally high
> > percentage of people in Cymru with a rare blood group. I think it might
> > have been AB but I will not swear to this. It occurs apparently in
> > Dyfed mainly, covering large parts of what was Carmarthenshire and
> > reaching west and north from there. The theory is that this is a relic
> > of the people who already lived there before the Celts came. I can't
> > remember where I read this and I would be very glad if someone knew the
> > source of this information or any further research that has been done on
> > these lines.
> > Does anyone know of readily accessible information on the earlier native
> > inhabitants?
> > Pob hwyl!
> > Ann
> Hi Ann, I don't remember all the details, but I've just been reading a book called
> In the Blood, its by Steve Jones who is a professor of genetics, at one of the
> London colleges. It comes from a TV series he did on BBC here about 18
> months ago, anyway, he mentions that there is sme kind of a genetic cluster in
> Wales, which bears no relation to the genetic make up of the area around it.
> Hope this is some help, its a fascinating book, if I have time, I'll dig up the rest
> of the details.
Thanks Tracey. This is what I wanted. I will try to get the book
here. Any relevant bits from it in the meantime would be much