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Re: Black Irish: What is the meaning?

My understanding of "Black Irish" is twofold. I have seen it used in America by those who I think were tri racial and wanted to hide their African identity. I have also seen it used to describe Irish who had dark features and who were from Ireland. The people from northern African sailed to the coasts of Ireland centuries ago. Pillaged the towns and took prisoners back to Africa. They were used as slaves in Morocco. Also, the occupation of the British Isles by Rome needs to be considered. Centuries ago there was a section of land now covered by the North Sea called Doggerland. It connected the British Isles to mainland Europe. This made it easy for various European populations to migrate to Britain.

Another way to track the migration from the continent of Europe to Britain is to examine some of the migration patterns found in the various DNA maps. I think this explains it better than trying to affix a certain population to a certain country.

When researching my McKenzie family I found a gentleman in Scotland who was a member of the McKenzie family whose name was Kenneth the Black.

By DNA testing I now know that part of my DNA is Celtic. The Celts were some of the earliest settlers in the British Isles. My ancestor was considered mulatto. I am not sure if this mixture happened here in America or if his ancestors were mixed race folks before coming to America.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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