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article imageGenealogists: Obama can be traced to William the Lion

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 20, 2009 in World
Scottish genealogists claim President-elect Barack Obama’s ancestry can be to traced to William the Lion, the ruler of Scotland. The Scots want Obama to wear tartan at the inauguration.
Barack Obama has lots of relatives worldwide it seems. Kenyans are calling him as one of their own through his father’s side. Indonesians also like to think Obama as one of theirs because of Obama’s step-father connection. The Irish also claimed that Obama’s fourth great grandfather, Fulmuth Kearney used to live in the village of Moneygall and his son left for the U.S. in 1850. And now the Scots claim Obama is one of theirs.
Genealogists claim Obama can be traced to William the Lion, the ruler of Scotland from 1165 to 1214.
The Scottish Conservative Party wants to use this news to celebrate Obama’s Scottish ancestry and also to boost tourism.
And some of them are bold enough and want Obama to wear tartan (or plaid fabric), the famous Scottish dress (usually worn in kilts) during the Presidential inauguration today.
The Conservatives have written a letter to Obama about the tartan and hopes if he wears it, the clothing choice will boost the tartan exports and help the Scottish economy.
Scottish Conservative deputy leader Murdo Fraser told BBC:
The election of Barack Obama as the first in a new generation of leaders has inspired people all around the world...Like so many Americans, the new president can claim Scottish ancestry, and an Obama tartan would be a fitting way to celebrate his inauguration.
Kilt designer Howie Nicholsby welcomes this campaign effort. He told BBC:
An Obama tartan would reach out to these groups but would also appeal beyond them to Americans with little or no knowledge of Scotland.
Obama is connected to Scotland through his maternal ancestor, Edward FitzRandolph, who immigrated to America in the 17th century.
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