24 January 2009

Auld Lang Syne

This blog can hardly let this day go by without noting the 250th anniversary of the birth of Scottish poet Robbie Burns.

A Y-DNA Reid genetic cousin, my closest found in the FTDNA database, has his earliest known ancestor in Ayr. That's very close to Burns birthplace in Alloway, and less than 100 miles from my earliest known Reid ancestor.

I wish it were otherwise but apparently the gene for appreciation of Burns poetry, and also haggis, is not found on my Y-chromosome.

Read about Burns country in this Globe and Mail article.

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