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THE REAL MCCOY?
There’s nothing more Scottish than whisky, is there? It’s called Scotch, after all. Actually, whisky was originally invented in China, and was distilled by 15th-century Irish monks before finding its way to Scotland some 100 years later.
And get this… kilts, tartans and bagpipes may not be entirely Scottish either. There’s some evidence that kilts originated in Ireland. Tartan cloth was unearthed in Hallstatt, upper Austria, some of which date to 1200 BC, while 3000-year-old tartan-wearing mummies were found in a Chinese desert. Some historians believe the first bagpipes came from Sumaria.
Recent genetic studies show that the mutation for red hair may have originated in Central Asia too.