My Mum's cousin did some digging and we can trace via Irish maternal surnames that we may have been the bastard children of priests! Meanwhile, my sister has found a woman with our paternal (Scots-Viking) surname who she says looks a lot like me (and who is newly enthralled to have our cut-throats and gallows-apples amongst her heritage.) Meanwhile, my lack of skill with throwing pots (see Celts, Parisi tribe, Holderness) makes me think I'm a genetic survivor of William the Conqueror's Harrowing of the North.
Britons! Did you know that the people to whom we refer as "Ancient Britons" were Andalucean in origin? They were slight, dark-haired, dark-eyed with narrow faces. There are still pockets of typical Andalucian stock in Wales and Ireland....
Gdansk, but my grandparents from mom's side were from today's Lithuania and Belarus (stilll they were 100% Polish), my grandfather from dad's side was Kashubian and his mother is from central Poland (Łowicz). WW II mixed their whole world up.
Well my father’s family relocated from Ireland to Scotland and they were very very Catholic.
My mother’s family were all very 'weird' and were all members of the Orange Order in Glasgow.
Not surprisingly, I abhor religion, although I think I have a very balanced view on religious abhorrence.
On the plus side, my hubby’s family were once Vikings and my children have a great great great grandfather who was once Lord Provest of Glasgow.