It seems there was a deep Scottish/Flemish connection with Flemish immigrants one of the largest groups settling in Scotland over a 600 year period between the 11th and 17th centuries. The University of St. Andrews has an entire program devoted to it. (You can find more information here.) The really interesting thing is that the university researchers estimate that up to 1/3 of Scotland’s people are descended from a Flemish ancestor.
This project is just underway at St. Andrews, but there are some exciting things afoot, including:
- Flemish influence and settlements in Fife and the Glenshee area of Perthshire including the possibility of the ruins of a settlement.
- Immigration of Flemish people to Scotland due to religious persecution between 1550 and 1635
- YDNA tests, linked to Scottish surnames to determine Flemish ancestry