1) You are looking at some modern Welsh and calling them short. I'm
> and fairly tall at 6' 1", the same as my father and his father. My
> brothers are taller. Great-grandfather immigrated from Wales and he was
> shorter. He emigrated because he said they were always hungry and there
> were no jobs. Perhaps it is poor diet that hold them down on their home
> soil. We all have dark hair.
> 2) I have read that in Caesars time the average Roman soldire was about
> 5' tall. Perhaps to them, the Celts were very tall.
How did I know someone would say "but I know a Welshman and he is tall"?
Yes, of course, there are tall Welshmen. My greatgrandfather was 6'6";
his wife was 5' nothing. My grandfather followed his mother so did I.
This proves nothing. I did think it would be fairly obvious that in
talking of racial characteristics it goes without saying that one is
generalising. Generally speaking, the Cymru are a shortish people.
Also I am well aware that words like "tall" are relative and the Romans
were short too.
Regarding malnutrition, this was prevalent just about everywhere. You
only have to look at the mediaeval suits of armour or, as I have, live
in a four hundred year old cottage, to see that people are getting
taller. This is generally put down to better nutrition but improved
nutrition has no effect on the genetic make-up of any living being. I
think you were just lucky to have inherited taller genes than most Welsh