Scott DNA Project- Background



Scot, Scott


Updated 18 April 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

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 forwarn 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.

General Fund

Current balance: $452.00

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $100.00 3/4/2014       Anonymous
Credit $75.00 2/18/2014 In honor of Gail Riddell's efforts     Unknown
Credit $25.00 2/18/2014 Andrew James Scott     Memory Of
Credit $25.00 2/18/2014 Andrew James Scott In memory of 2nd cousin Dennis Scott from Gardenstown, NE Scotland.   Memory Of
Debit $99.00 1/18/2014     309496 Unknown
Debit $49.00 1/9/2014     309496 Unknown
Credit $25.00 10/25/2013 Jimmie Franklin Evans (Scott) FB request. Use as needed.   Individual
Credit $10.00 10/24/2013 Linda Scott Moss     Individual
Credit $25.00 10/24/2013 Clayton Gene Scott Per Fcebook Request   Individual
Credit $50.00 10/24/2013 Edward Godwin     Individual
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 8
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 70
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 66
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 28
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 16
Family Finder 129
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 11
Maternal Ancestor Information 212
mtDNA 132
mtDNA Full Sequence 57
mtDNA Plus 101
mtDNA Subgroups 12
Paternal Ancestor Information 315
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 85
Total Members 453
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 5
Unreturned Kits 26
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 31
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 13
Y-DNA Subgroups 105
Y-DNA111 68
Y-DNA12 373
Y-DNA25 298
Y-DNA37 278
Y-DNA67 179