Blue-eyed, blond Jamaicans claims Scottish ancestry

Blue-eyed, blond Jamaicans claims Scottish ancestry
Sunday, November 12, 2000

Old-timers around Treasure Beach, where there are many Jamaicans with blue eyes, blond hair, and freckles, agree this place has a Scottish past. But how it came about, no one can say.

Popular legend holds that sometime in Jamaica’s colonial past, a Scottish ship capsized on a treacherous nearby reef. The sailors swam ashore, and they never left, becoming fishermen and farmers. The area’s isolation — swamps to the east and west, mountains to the north, and sea to the south — isolated them from the majority blacks. Until recently.

This entry also posted at Taking The Gloves Off.

One comment

  1. This was very good information for me and my friends and family because we are decendants of scottish people from Jamaica

    4/2/2004 11:34:12 PM

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