After signing up I just found the thread about black haired Irish, closed. May I present to you that many Appalachians are descended from Scotch and Irish Immigrants and even my Mother's Ancestors from Kentucky, with her Mother being a Taylor going back to Wales through a full blood brother of President Zachary Taylor, in her case via Arkansas to SW KY on and near the Ohio River where her Father's farm was flooded in the 1920's, but the Taylor far was up higher. Where did George Clooney come from? What is his coloring? I could tritely rest my case there, but seeing as these threads need hard evidence, I'll go a little further. Other threads I read talked about Irish street names in Spain. Spanish trading long before the bug Spanish Armada shipwreck, Jews being in Ireland a long time before that, and my Mother's Father's and his Father's name was Eli. There were more Elis. We have a female version, in my opinion, of Eli called Ella. My Mother always said she was Scotch-Irish but got on the genealogy kick since we are in the DAR via her Dad's line going back to Delaware, which could account for my maternal Great Grandmother being Native American as The Delaware Indians migrated to AR. ANYWAY, I SENT IN MOM'S CHEEK SWABS to a company that doesn't fool with the SE. Mom has Olive skin and tans to black, big brown eyes and black wavy hair like her Dad AND Mom. When we got the results Mom had a long list of Countries and People in her DNA, and guess what #1 was for my Scotch-Irish Mom whose "look" we could NEVER figure out and why this was such a big deal? #1 was Spanish! There you have it. Science. She also has many European Countries, Scotland being way down on the list! She used to tell me stories of Indentured Servitude by the Orange Men. I'm not sure about her Irish content anymore, but Mom also (Remember Eli & Ella -as in our fameous cousin Bill Peet's book (should be Peete, but he changed it) Ella The Elephant.) has Ashkenazi Jewish DNA, Kenyan DNA and like I said, many European Countries, with Spain, after all her 80+ years thinking she was just and only English, Scotch-Irish & Native American. I couldn't find a Tartan for Thrasher, either. I am a Green eyed Ginger with yellow-orange skin which gets quite pale and as I age is showing more pink. We also have an hereditary gray streak in our hair. Mom 's came in young on the right, then the left, later though it migrated, ha ha (& she resembles Liz Taylor), my Grampy had it down the center like a slunk, and mine is on the left front. The other day, friends told me that originally, that Northern Ireland was Scottish. Does that prove the Catholic Spanish ingredient and shouldn't somebody conduct a Spanish DNA study of the British Isles to look for who has what DNA going HOW FAR BACK? Now THAT would make sense out of all of this Spanish mix-in conjecture, not to Mention, Jewish and Norse, German and French as well. Yes, Mom has quite a bit of German, too, like the Royal Family who usurped the Scottish Throne, but in my opinion did not and could not possibly remove it's DNA. Hmm. Maybe Spain is part of the reason England wanted Scotland so very much? President Taylor hails from Wales...!