Covenant 'blood signature' legend challenged


An Ulster Covenant signature believed to have been written in blood almost certainly wasn't, according to a test carried out on behalf of the BBC.

The forensic science test was carried out by Dr Alastair Ruffell of Queen's University, Belfast.

"I'm 90% sure this isn't blood, but there is that margin of error," he said.

Major Fred Crawford wrote on his own copy of the Covenant oath: "I signed at 3:45 in City Hall in my own blood".

BBC Newsline's Julian O'Neill reports.

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