DNA Presentation at Parliament: Tuesday 25th July 2023

At the 19th MacLeod Clan Parliament on the Isle of Skye on July 25, 2023, Mark MacLeod, one of our two Clan MacLeod DNA Surname Project administrators, presents a talk which looks at the DNA of members of the MacLeod-surname DNA project at Family Tree DNA.  

Watch this 30-minute YouTube video to find out more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5ZGWndVWNI

In summary, DNA shows us that most MacLeod men can be placed in one of 5 genetically distinct groups. The MacLeod men in the largest of these groups are likely direct paternal line descendants of Leòd, the founder of the clan.

The other 4 groups are likely descendants of men who assumed the MacLeod surname far back in time. We also show DNA evidence which supports that most MacLeod men in these 5 groups will likely have a female MacLeod somewhere in their family tree who is a direct descendant of Leòd.

Therefore, most MacLeods, women and men, will likely have a link back to Leòd, either along their paternal line or through a maternal connection, or both!


Associated with the Parliament, Family Tree DNA has generously offered discounts for DNA testing and upgrades.

The sale starts today – 25th July – and only lasts until 2nd August 2023.

Here’s a link a document which lists the various discount codes and our recommendations for testing and upgrades: