Fur this week's pole we continue oor theme o' demacracy. Ulster-Scots hiv threw up a fair few political hevywaits oer the years - Ian Paisley, Ian Paisley Jr, Francois Mitterand, tae name but thrie. That got me thinkin' as tae which o' oor present day hevywaits yid want beside ye oan a rough night in Markethill? Yer vote wud go sum way intae solvin' that conundrum.
Howiver - laivin' that aside - at lang last we can put an end 'til the carpin' aboot the lack o' folk in the Histry blog fur naw they appear in..................
Bit Fower - The Yinst Folk
The origins o' the yinst folk is a matter o' sum debate in certain circles. A racent dockumentary on the RTE proposed that the folk o' Ireland are descendeded frae yins frae Spain. Accordin' tae this show, tests hiv shewed that folk here share their DNA wi' the Spanish, an' they surmised that 10,000 years hence oor ancestors, the Celts, hopped ontae boats an' sailed direct til Cork, from thence makin' thair way til Ulster.
Normally at this time ah'd luk fur the thoughts o' Wullie McIveen, o' the Dept o' Auld Larnin' at the University o' Mid-Antrim, but he explained that as Professor of Wile Auld Things he wudn't want til spekulate on stuff beyon' his spere o' knowledge. He put me ontil his son, Wullie John McIlveen, Senior Lekturer in Very, but not Wile, Auld things at King's College, Ballylumford. W.J. highlighted a few problems in the RTE theory.
Wullie has come tae the conklusion that the RTE's programme had failed tae acknowledge the work o' Dr Stephen Oppenheimer at Oxford University, near England. In his seminal work, "The Origins of the British", Dr Oppenheimer revealed that maist folk in the British Isles share the same DNA, an' that thus the folk o' the Free State arnae anymair Celt than folk in Kent.* Ah hiv tae agree wi' Wullie on this Spanish DNA theory, fur the weemen roun' these parts arnae so much sexy senioritas as sixty Senior Service.
Wullie says it is mair likely that the yinst folk til git til Ulster arrived durin' the Mesolithic Period, sometime between 7050 and 7049 BC, makin' thair way over frae Scotland in wee boats an' lanin' along the Nairth Coast. He goes oan til point oot that the fact that the auldest hoose in Ireland was foun' at Mountsannel in Caulraine further dents the RTE theory. That wid be a wile odd place fur til bild a hoose if yid just landed aff a boat in Cork. Furthermair Wullie has DNA tested the folk o' Bushmills an' foun that they are mair closely related til stain age folk, an each other, than anyyin else in Ireland.
There ye haiv it, wi'v put til bed the RTE prapaganda and provided fairther proof o' oor Ulster Scots Heritage. Nixt time wi'll hiv a wee luk at life fur the Ulster Scot in the Stain Age.
*Pauline Clarkson, Bass Drum Spare Skin Bearer o' Carrickfergus True Blues, has accused this blog o' a lack o' research. Ah hope this puts her rite.