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by Kaliforni
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:48 pm
Forum: Cornish Genealogy, Ancestors and Family
Topic: Skentelbery family
Replies: 1
Views: 1284

Re: Skentelbery family

"Skentelbery" and its variants (I have a "Scantlebury" variant in my family tree) is indeed a fairly common name in eastern Cornwall. My Scantleburys originate from around Landulph and Botusfleming. I think most etymologists agree that the "-bury" suffix gives the name away as being Anglo-Saxon rath...
by Kaliforni
Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Genetics and the Cornish
Replies: 44
Views: 2734

Re: Genetics and the Cornish

I just noticed that they've got a better map here . They don't go into a lot of detail, but it seems to indicate that Devonians are distinguishable from the rest of the English population, and that their genetic cluster also extends outside of Devon into Somerset and a bit into Gloucestershire (but ...
by Kaliforni
Tue Jun 19, 2012 5:04 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Genetics and the Cornish
Replies: 44
Views: 2734

Re: Genetics and the Cornish

These are compelling DNA results indeed, and confirm the early "leaks" from the People of the British Isles research that I had posted earlier. Hooray, we can finally see that map, instead of just having it described to us. The idea that the Cornish have less Anglo-Saxon descent than anybody else in...
by Kaliforni
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: Cornish Genealogy, Ancestors and Family
Topic: Late 18th century crime records?
Replies: 0
Views: 1167

Late 18th century crime records?

I descend from a fellow named John Lawrence, who lived 1757-1797 in Mullion, and whose burial record alarmingly states: "Wilfully murdered Cadgwith." I'm curious about the circumstances of this murder, but have been unable to find any additional details. Knowing more about it would complete a very i...
by Kaliforni
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?

I think that the "CVM DOMINA OVSILLA" possibility is fascinating, but should obviously be treated with caution, as I'm sure you agree. I don't think we have any unambiguous record of historical queens , do we? For example, Gerent I's traditional wife, Enid, is more likely an invention of Medieval ro...
by Kaliforni
Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:11 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?

Bledric/Blederic. I find no solid historical reference to him and he has to be treated for now as legendary only. That doesn't mean to say that the man never existed. It's just that it can't yet be proven. As I understand it, with Bledric, we're working mainly with Geoffrey, the Historie of Cambria...
by Kaliforni
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:41 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?

Thanks for the excellent reply about Rialvran, Marhak. If you don't mind, I have a few more questions regarding him, trying to further separate history from legend: You presented an excellent summary of the plausibly historical aspects of the Rialvran legend, but surely you're also aware of the pure...
by Kaliforni
Fri Mar 30, 2012 6:22 am
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Re: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?

"Rialobrani," right? I've wondered about him, but he seems to be absent from Welsh genealogies of Dumnonian kings, like Jesus College MS20. Maybe he was an earlier king than records, or perhaps he was only a local "king," or perhaps he was a couple of generations removed from the kingship, as the in...
by Kaliforni
Tue Mar 27, 2012 7:37 pm
Forum: Cornish Language, Culture and History
Topic: Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?
Replies: 13
Views: 2289

Who was the greatest king of Dumnonia/Cornwall?

A recent research interest of mine has been Dark Ages Cornwall and the Kingdom of Dumnonia. To spur discussion on this topic, I thought I'd ask a simple question: Who was the greatest King of Dumnonia, or of its apparent successor state, the Kingdom of Cornwall? (Use your own definition of "greatest...
by Kaliforni
Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:31 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Gool Pyran Lowen!
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: Gool Pyran Lowen!

Happy St. Piran's Day from California! I will be celebrating with some scrumpy tonight.
by Kaliforni
Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:47 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins

What are your own views on the works of: a) Dr Bryan Sykes (Blood of the Isles) and, b) Stephen Oppenheimer (The Origins of the British)? I find it interesting that neither one mentions the other. Both of those books are outdated, although the data they refer to can still be useful. My criticism of...
by Kaliforni
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:49 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins

One thing that already emerges is that the old idea (that persisted for far too long) of an Iron Age Celtic invasion can finally be laid to rest. Another is that the evidence broadly supports the views of Cunliffe, Renfrew, Koch and Waddell. (disclaimer: the below is just me spouting off and is not...
by Kaliforni
Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins

Also, here are some quotes relating to Cornwall taken from abstracts for ICHG/ASHG 2011 . These are so fresh from academia, the scientists in the field aren't even going to be reading them until October!: From S. Myers et al: At the finest scale, we are able to study admixture patterns in data gathe...
by Kaliforni
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins

As an archaeologist, I find this fascinating stuff. Can dates be tied down even further? I will most certainly look at the links you recommend. Many thanks. Actually there are worries that dates can't even be tied down that much . (Don't believe the media reports that say that this means that we're...
by Kaliforni
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: Cornwall24 Discussion Board
Topic: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins
Replies: 34
Views: 6593

Re: Reevaluating DNA evidence of Cornish origins

Marhak wrote:That's quite remarkable. Where can I find out more?
For the first part of my post see The People of the British Isles. For part 2 see Eurogenes. The last part is my own work based on my own understanding of the data and you can just ask me if you have any questions or challenges to it.