The ancient Clan Donald is offering DNA tests to identify those who share the same genetic fingerprints as its current chiefs. If the tests prove positive then Americans and others around the world can claim their descent from Somerled of Argyll, the founder of the Clan and who died in battle in AD 1164.

DNA samples were provided by Ranald MacDonald, 24th chief of Clanranald, Godfrey MacDonald, high chief of Clan Donald, Sir Ian Macdonald, 24th chief of Sleat and Ranald MacDonell, 23rd chief of Glengarry. These samples were found to match a Y chromosome that tests had identified as beloging to Somerled.

The DNA service is provided through familytreedna.

It will be of interest to members of Clan Donald and Clan Currie.

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