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A Voyage to Glubbdubdrib: Paternal Ancestry and DNA

by Familia Ulster Genealogical Review: No. 26, 2010


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by David Ian Hamilton

"I had always assumed my paternal ancestry to be straightforward. My great-great-grandfather William Hamilton ‘departed this life on the 15th March 1878, aged 73 years’, according to his gravestone inscription. Family tradition knew him to be a miller in Islandmagee, on the east coast of Co. Antrim, and this is endorsed in the annals of Dixon Donaldson, a local schoolmaster, compiled and published in 1927. ‘William Hamilton at Millbay’, he wrote, ‘and his colleague Samuel Greenlees, the kiln-man, are both represented by their posterity today in the neighbourhood which was the scene of their labours’. William’s only known son James in due course married Samuel’s niece Ann Greenlees."

In this article, the author decides to check his likely Scottish ancestry through a DNA analysis of various locations, which reminds him of Lemuel Gulliver’s experiences on the island of Glubbdubdrib.