For the past decade I had focused my Family History research on my French-Canadian Ancestors, and their involvement in the the fur trade between 1625 and 1850.
THEN IN THE FALL OF 2020, ANCESTRY (DOT COM) REVISED MY ETHNICITY ESTIMATE SO THAT SCOTLAND BECAME A SEPARATE REGION AND NOW ACCOUNTS FOR 47+% OF MY DNA MAKEUP.
Armed with that new information I decided to take a deeper dive into my family tree.
I concentrated on the following Scottish Surnames already in my tree:
Abernethy (m), Austine (d) (sept) [Branch of Keith], Baillie (m), Barlow (m), Bell (d), Boyd (m), Brodie (m), Brolachan or O'Brolachan from Kintyre (also Bradley) (d), Broun [Brown] (d) (m), Bruce (m), Cameron (d), Campbell (m) (d), Colquhoun (m), Cunningham [Conyngham] (m), Denniston (m), Douglas (m), Drummond (m), Dunbar (m), Elphinstone (m), Erskine (m), Fleming (m), Forbes (m), Fraser (m), Galbraith [Galbreath] (d), Graham (m), Grant (m), Guthrie (m), Hay (m), Hamilton (m), Hepburn (m), Innes (m), Johnstone (d), Lamont (assoc. Munn) (d), Livingstone (d), Lockhart [Lockart] (d), Lyle (m), MacDonald (McDonald) (m), MacDonald of Sleat (d), MacEachern (d), MacIntyre (d), McIsaac (d), MacKenzie (m), MacLean (d) [aka McClean] (d), Maclachlan (d), MacLeod (d), MacLean (m), (McCleod) (m), MacMichael [became Mitchell] (d), MacMillan (d), MacNeill of Colonsay (d), Maxwell (m), Mowat (m), Munn (assoc. Clan Lamont) (d), Munro (m), Murray (d), Ogilvie (m), Raitt (m), Paterson (m), Ramsay (m), Robert (m), Robertson (m), Shaw (m), Sinclair (m), Somerville (m), Stewart (m), Sutherland (m), Urquhart (m), Wallace (m) and Wilkie (d) (sept) [Branch of MacDonald] * Mom’s lineage = (m) & * Dad’s lineage = (d)
MY 2020, ETHNICITY ESTIMATE (SCOTLAND 47%)
Primarily located in: Scotland, Northern Ireland & Brittany France. My ethnicity estimate is 47%, but it can range from 42—61%.
With its center in the northern third of the island of Great Britain but stretching down to Brittany in France, our Scotland ethnicity region is known for its geographical beauty, medieval architecture, and folklore. Gaelic and Scots have influenced regional English dialects and are both still spoken in some areas. National symbols, including the Lion Rampant, clan tartans, and bagpipes, are often recognized internationally alongside symbols of traditional cuisine, like whiskey and haggis.
Back in 2011, I ordered both maternal lineage (MtDNA) and paternal lineage (Y-46) DNA tests from ancestry (dot com).
The results of those early tests suggested mom's ancient ancestors may have migrated to Europe settling in present-day Basque Country and other parts of Europe, and dad's ancient ancestors probably lived in present day Scandinavia.
MY 2013, ETHNICITY ESTIMATE 100% EUROPEAN
This estimate suggested my ethnicity is 100% European broken down as follows: 53% Western European, 21% Irish, 20% English and Scotch with trace amounts 4% from the Iberian Peninsula and 2% from Scandinavia.
I FOUND A THOUSAND YEARS OF ROYAL SCOTS ANCESTRY:
• Fergus Mór mac Eirc 1st king of Dál Riata 430-501
• Kenneth I MacAlpin King of the Picts 810-858
• Constantine I (Constantín mac Cináeda) King of the Picts 862-877
• Donald II King of Scots (Alba) 889-900
• Malcolm I King of Scots (Alba) 943-954
• Kenneth II (Coinneach mac Mhaoil Chaluim) King of Scots (Alba) 971-995
• Malcolm II King of the Scots 954-1034
• Duncan I King Of Scotland 1001-1040
• Suthen (Aelflaed, Sybilla, Sibyl) Fitzsiward Queen Of Scotland 1014-1040
• Macbeth King of Scotland 1014-1057
husband of 27th great-grandmother
Fergus de Galloway King, 1st Lord of Galloway 1096-1161
• King Malcolm III Longneck of Scotland Caennmor 1031-1093
• Saint Margaret Atheling of Wessex Queen of Scotland 1045-1093
• Matilda Dunkeld Good Queen Maud of Scotland 1080-1118
• David I King of Scotland 1084-1153
• Edgar King of Scotland 1074-1107
• Alexander I King of Scotland 1078-1124
Alan fitzRoland Lord of Galloway, Constable of Scotland 1175-1234
• Sir William Wallace of Elderslie 1272-1305
• Robert I "The Bruce" King of Scotland 1274-1329
• Sir James 'the Good' & 'Black Douglas' Douglas (supporter of Robert the Bruce) 1286-1330
• Robert II Stewart King of Scotland 1316-1390
• Robert III King of Scotland 1337-1406
• Henry I Sinclair (St. Clair) Earl of Orkney, Lord of Roslin 1345-1400
• James Stewart Black Knight of Lorne 1383-1451
• Joan Beaufort Queen of Scots 1406-1445
• James II Stewart King of Scotland 1430-1460
• James III Stewart King of Scotland 1451-1488
• Margaret of Denmark, Queen of Scotland 1456-1486
• James IV Stewart King of Scotland 1473-1513
• James V Stewart King of Scotland 1512-1542
• James Hepburn Duke of Orkney, Earl of Bothwell 1536-1578
• Mary Stuart Queen of Scots 1542-1587
wife of 12th great-granduncle
• Sir Robert Boyd 1st Lord of Kilmarnock 1420-1482
Agreement signed by Mary Queen of Scots, confirming arrangements made
with Queen Elizabeth for her, by (5th) Lord Boyd and others – 9 February 1569
• SOMERLED MAC GILLEBRIDE KING OF THE ISLES
23rd great-grandfather (dad's side of family tree)
25th great-grandfather (mom's side of family tree)
We are descended from two 1/2 Brothers, Sons of Lord John MacDonald of Islay, Lord of the Isles who was Somerled's 3rd great-grandson.
Our earliest lineage looks like this:
• SOMERLED MAC GILLEBRIDE KING OF THE ISLES 1100-1164 -- 23RD GREAT-GRANDFATHER
• KING RAGNALL (RANALD) MAC SOMHAIRLE (MACSORLEY) OF THE ISLES 1141-1207 -- Son of Somerled Mac Gillebride King of the Isles
• DONALD "EPONYMOUS" MACRANALD OF THE ISLES 1190-1269 -- Son of King Ragnall (Ranald) mac Somhairle (MacSorley) of the Isles
• LORD ANGUS MOR MACDONALD OF ISLAY 1249-1293 -- Son of Donald "Eponymous" MacRanald of the Isles
• LORD ANGUS OG MACDONALD OF THE ISLES 1272-1324 -- Son of Lord Angus Mor MacDonald of Islay
• LORD JOHN MACDONALD OF ISLAY, LORD OF THE ISLES 1326-1386 -- Son of Lord Angus Og MacDonald of the Isles
Our tree branches out here with two 1/2 Brothers, Sons of Lord John MacDonald of Islay, Lord of the Isles:
[DAD'S LINE BEGINS]
LORD DONALD MACDONALD OF HARLAW, LORD OF THE ISLES –1423 -- 17th great-grandfather
[MOM'S LINE BEGINS]
RANALD MACDONALD 1ST OF CLANRANALD & GLENGARRY 1352–1386 -- 19th great-grandfather
EARLIER 2014 SCOTLAND DNA NOTES FROM MY BLOG:
Saturday, September 6, 2014
DNA Links Grandma To Scotland
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Was Great Granddad A Viking King?