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Updated 6 December 2015

About the General Fund

Y-DNA Testing Assistance Available:  Please apply to the Admin stating why and what is being applied for.
FTDNA manages a General Fund for projects -- donations are held by FTDNA for use in the project.  The Admin makes the decisions along with noting the conditions (if any) as stipulated by the donor. The General Fund for thee Scott project is used for male Y-DNA testing. Donors may contribute to the project's general fund to assist with the cost of future testing. Donors may designate which a specific ancestor the donation is to assist. You do NOT have to designate a specific testing interest when you donate - donations without a specified interest are used for testing at the discretion of the project administrator. If you think you descend from a male line there may be funding available to help defer the cost of testing.  If you donate, please let the Admin know - FTDNA has ceased alerting Admins of a donation.

If You Want Assistance from The General Fund

There is general assistance available to defray the cost of Y-DNA testing. If you would like assistance please contact the group administrator. 

1. Fund Purpose and Use: The primary goal of the Scott DNA Project is to identify relationships among participants, and to map the various worldwide Scott family lines using genetic Y-DNA testing. The purpose of the Scott DNA Testing Fund is to provide financial assistance, by means of privately donated monies, to both existing and potential participants who want to expand the Scott DNA Project but cannot afford the cost of testing because of their financial state. The money in the fund can only be applied to the purchase of Scott YDNA testing kits with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA).

2.Ownership:The fund recipients will be expected to maintain their personal FTDNA Homepage including keeping their contact details up to date.

3.Applicable Tests: Funding will only be provided for Y37 marker Y-DNA testing asthese tests are the primary tools used to further the project goals. Other tests, are more specialised and by themselves do not contribute to the project goals.  But apply for aid if you can also contribute.  Note that shipping and handling fees are not covered.

4. Method of Payment: The recipient will not receive money directly from the fund - this (and the order itself) is all handled by the Admin.

5. Donation Based: This is a donation based endeavour and is only possible because of the generosity of others. None of the money will have any commercial "strings attached"; i.e., there will be no expectation of use or endorsement of any commercial service or product tied to either the actual donation or disbursement. Put simply, this fund exists only on a purely philanthropic basis. It is hoped that, when possible, people will continue to add to the fund so that is does not become depleted. 

Donations can be made a number of ways - credit card, PayPal and via cheque to FTDNA with instructions as to which project it is to go. Donations can be made publicly, anonymously, and in honour of another. 

To donate, click on the word in the project's landing page

6. Willingness to Participate: There is a clear relationship between traditional genealogy and genealogical DNA testing.  Prospective recipients must be willing to contribute their own information. To reinforce the necessity of information sharing, participants who seek assistance from the donation fund will be required to provide the project administrator with as detailed a pedigree (paternal lineage only) as  the recipient has.  Also, the recipient will be required to sign the FTDNA release form, allowing FTDNA to compare test results with others.

7.Time Between Assistance Applications: In an effort to prolong the availability of the fund and to curb any possible abuse, participants will be limited to one grant per year. 

8.Administration and Dispersion of Funds: The actual fund and the money it contains are kept and maintained by FTDNA. The administration of the Scott DNA Testing Fund and the dispersion of any of its monies are at the complete discretion of the fund administrator. The administrator also has the ability and responsibility to make any necessary changes to the way the fund is administered.

9.Publication of Funds, Donors, Recipients and Fund Status: In order to provide a minimal level of visibility and oversight to the fund, the information may be requested from the admin.

10.Requesting Funds: Because the fund is for those in financial need, a prospective recipient must provide the following.



Testers Full Name:


Complete Mailing Address 
to send test kit to (including Post code):


Your Phone Number:


Your Email Address:


Which test are you requesting?


Are you currently participating in the Scott DNA Project?  If yes, what is your kit number?

  Yes                         No

Will you be the person who completes the test?

  Yes                        No

If no, have you identified a direct male Scott descendant who will take the test?

  Yes                        No

Will you (or your tester) be able to complete and return the kit within 30 days?

  Yes                        No

If no, please explain:


Please indicate how long you have been researching your Scott lineage:

Will you be able to provide at least 3 generations of documented ancestry?

  Yes                        No

If no, please explain:


Please explain why you need assistance:





If approved for a grant, will you be in a position to pay for the portion of the test that the testing fund does not cover?

  Yes                           No

If no, please explain:


I agree to abide by the Admin’s decision

  Yes                          No


Updated 20 February 2015

Use the menu bar to the side of the project page to navigate to any page of the project website.  To post to the forum ("Activity Feed"), make sure you are signed in as a member. But you will not be able to invite members to join in - any new member must first join the project.  (mtDNA;  Y-DNA;  atDNA makes no difference).

Updated 3 August 2014

The background of the SCOT (or SCOTT) main-line family is undergoing review.  This is because I have received further information that appears to indicate that the findings ascribed to Sir Walter SCOTT (of Abbotsford) are incorrect re Uchtred Filius SCOTT.  I have yet to finish my deliberations and reach a conclusion.

Use the menu bar (including the drop-down menus) across the top of the project page to navigate to any page of the project website.

Surname DNA testing is the the best "add-on" tool available to genealogists!  The many advantages include:-

  • Surname tests (Y-DNA) enable genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.  (The molecular (aka genetic) ancestry overrides the surname ancestry).
  • Molecular ancestry information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails and can uncover family secrets!

This project is keen for people from the United Kingdom, all the countries of Western Europe (which have strong numbers of SCOTTs and similar spellings), Northern and Eastern Europe, the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (and anywhere else I have missed when I considered the countries in which the surname exists...) to please join it.

Like all surname projects, this one is intent upon proving connections using DNA.  But it is NOT just surname ancestry.  It is molecular (or as some prefer it, genetic) ancestry.

The best articles I have found to date for understanding just what 'DNA' is and how the results of testing can help you with your genealogy.




Here is a hint for you if you have tested FF.

Once you (or anyone) joins a project, you can go to your FTDNA Home Page and hover your mouse over the FF Drop-down menu visible in the blue tool bar. Then select  "Advanced Matches" from that menu. Check FF and select whether you want to see your matches in either the full data base, or just in the specific projects that you have joined.

Because it is a pain switching from one window to another, I have three browsers, so that I can get the same person’s Home page up showing different reports for the same tester all at the same time.

If you are reading this, then it is assumed you are hunting for details about your ancestors and extending your knowledge about your particular line.

DNA testing will certainly aid you in a number of ways but you must still have a paper trail if you want to name that ancestor when you find you have a match! 
DNA testing will also inform you whether your paper trail is correct.  (My favourite 'hobby-horse' is to tell you not to rely on the work of someone else UNLESS they have supplied you with references to enable you to check these for yourself).

Was your family descended from one of the ancient lines of Scotland - irrespective of surname used at the time? 
Might they have been of the ancient family known as Scotti of the countries associated with Italy?

Or were they of the more recent Scottish Border families (many of whose families were loosely known as 'Border Reivers')? 
(The map below gives an idea of the main families of that era and that area.  If you think you may be of the Border clan, please consider joining the Border Reiver Geographical Project).

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Updated 20 April 2013

The whole project is under reconstruction.  It may take me some months to complete.

It was begun by Charlie SCOTT many years ago.  (Thank you Charlie).
However, he has now handed it over to me, so I have inherited a huge legacy and hope to do him proud.

I am Gail Riddell, your new administrator and you can contact me at riddelldna@gmail.com

The SCOTT Surname Project is open to all persons (whether male or female) from any part of the world and who bear the surname SCOTT.

The project is focussed on the results of men testing their short tandem repeats  (STRs) on their Y Chromosome, sometimes called Y-DNA.  
(To partake in this aspect of the project, the men must test their Y chromosome).
Although there is nothing wrong with testing Y-12 (and may even be recommended in some situations), usually, I can do nothing with such results unless you forewarn me as to why you are testing.

My preference is Y-67, because this enables me to clearly establish which category (which family) your paternal line belongs.
It also enables me to run numerous calculations across the group (into which I place you) and provide further information.

Because women do not have a Y chromosome, they can test their autosomes (also recommended for men) and join this project.  These results are not publicly displayed in the project, but I am seeking a way that I can do this whilst maintaining your privacy.

I look forward to hearing from you when you are able.   riddelldna@gmail.com

Abbotsford was the home of Sir Walter Scott.
The Abbotsford Trust is raising the money to breath new life into this extraordinary building
- the home of one of Scotland's most influential writers - and the historic treasures it contains. 

For more information about Abbotsford and Sir Walter Scott, please visit:  http://www.scottsabbotsford.com/

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