Magna Carta - DNA research

Here is some background information about the Magna Carta talk in Horncastle on 30th October at Stanhope Hall.

Just as Magna Carta was unique so this will be a unique 800th anniversary event, because it includes scientific DNA results and no other presentation has done this.

Over the past four years there has been an international effort to collect Langton DNA from around the world in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and USA.

The Langton results from the biggest genetic testing company FTDNA can be found at

We have also recorded details of over 25,000 Langtons in the Lost Langtons database

As a result of this research we know where most Langtons groups originate from and what DNA groups they belong to. This includes the Langtons of Langton by Spilsby who can trace back to the twelfth century.

Sir Maurice Powicke in 1926 changed the prevailing view that Stephen was from Langton by Spilsby and asserted that he was from Langton by Wragby, he did this with hardly a shred of evidence.

He was trying to make Stephen come alive but his conclusions and ethnicity attributed to Stephen were unfortunately not accurate.

Why does this matter? It matters because if we don’t know who Stephen was, where he came from or understand his background then we are not going to understand Magna Carta or its origins.

David Langton

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