THE face of a 17th century soldier has been recreated — and he’s a dead ringer for Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall.
A digital reconstruction was carried out using the skull of the Scot, who was taken captive by Oliver Cromwell’s Roundheads at the Battle of Dunbar and died in prison in Durham.
The soldier, known to researchers as Skeleton 22, was in his late teens or early 20s. He was one of several who died in Durham after fighting with a Scottish army loyal to Charles II.
They were found buried under Palace Green four years ago, solving a centuries-old mystery of what had become of them.
As part of research into the remains, Durham University researchers teamed up with FaceLab at Liverpool’s John Moores University.
The damaged skull was carefully put back together to allow a detailed digital scan to be taken.
Durham’s Prof Chris Gerrard said: ‘The resulting image is a poignant opportunity to come face to face with a young man who lived and died more than 300 years ago.’
Analysis of the skull, including the teeth, revealed the soldier faced periods of poor nutrition as a boy and lived in south-west Scotland during the 1630s.
The digital scans showed he had a scar on his forehead.
It seems he refrained from the demon weed as, unlike most of the soldiers found, he didn’t have discoloured teeth as a result of smoking a clay pipe.
He is shown wearing the blue bonnet typical of Scottish soldiers of the time.