Friday, 30 March 2012

McGinley Clan Website

If your surname is McGinley, or any of its variants, we hope that this website will be of help and interest to you. The main aims of this website is to give those of the surname McGinley (and its many variants) information regarding the origins and history of the clan along with some general information about the lifestyle and culture of the clan before they were dispersed around the world. The other main aim is as an 'Information Board' for McGinleys around the world to connect with each other and to help each other in developing their family trees etc. This history is the history of the surname McGinley, a small clan who originate in the north of Co.Donegal, Ireland. 

Other spellings include:
Mag Fhionnaile, Mag Fhionnghaile, Gainley, McGeanely, McGeanly, McGeenley, Geenley, McGenley, Genley, McGennell, Gennell, M'Gennely, McGennelly, Gennelly, McGennowlie, McGhinly, McGhunly, McGienley, McGilnay, McGimbley, McGimby, McGimlay, Gimlay, McGimley, Gimley, McGimly, McGinaly, Ginaly, McGindlay, Gindlay, McGindley, Gindley, McGindle, McGingley, Gingley, McGinlaey, MacGinlay, McGinlay, Ginlay, McGinleay, MacGinley, Ginley, MacGinly, McGinly, Ginly, McGinnally, Ginnally, McGinnaly, Ginnaly, Ginneley, McGinnell, Ginnell, MacGinnelly, McGinnelly, Ginnelly, MacGinnely, McGinnely, Ginnely, McGinnery, Ginnery, McGundle, McGuindlay, Guindlay, McGuindle, McGuindley, Guindley, McGuinlay, Guinlay, McGuinley, Guinley, McGuinnell, Gumelly, McGumlay, Gumlay, McGumley, Gumley, McGunlay, Gunlay, McGunley, Gunley, McGunly, Gunly, McGynley, McGynnillye, McKinlay, McKinley, Magenelly, Magenley, Magennelly, Maginally, Maginlay, Maginley, Maginly, Meginelly, Meginlay, Meginley, Meginly, Weginley
For many years now, it has been felt important among those surnamed McGinley (and its variants), that an authorative history of the clan be written and recorded. While many gifted genealogists and historians have written short pieces on the clan, nothing of great length or value has been put into print, until now. This project, covering many years of research, is officially approved by the clan itself. It is indeed surprising that a surname so numerous in the north west of Ireland has not, until now, been properly documented. They say that it's the quiet ones that you should watch, and that certainly pertains to the McGinley Clan. Throughout history the McGinleys have made their mark, both in Ireland and in America, in a very quiet, laid back and unassuming way. The McGinleys have many achievements, most of which are overlooked today. The McGinley name has made a difference to the lives of many without asking for a 'pat on the back'. 

Link:  McGinley Clan Website

Friday, 9 March 2012

Anvils Away : Video Clips From The Coolest One

 Anvil blasting is a very old tradition in the Scots-Irish communities.  Follow the link below for and excellent display of the spectacle.  It is fun and then some.

Anvils Away : Video Clips From The Coolest One

New From Ballybofey

Ballybofey is a lovely little town in Donegal. But on occasion something out of the ordinary goes on there, please watch the video;

Friday, 2 March 2012

Gallóglach Grave Stone in Donegal

 Above is a Gallóglach grave stone from Clonca, Inis Eogháin, County Donegal.  Read more about this interesting stone in the Irish Times.

Ulster Maternal DNA

The Ulster mitochondrial DNA project is a sister project to the Ulster Heritage Y Chromosome DNA project.  With Y chromosome research only men participate, because the Y chromosome is only passed from father to son.  This makes it idea for surname research.  With maternal DNA, both men and women carry this, so both can participate in the test.  Many advances have been made in mtDNA testing in the last few years.  It is an excellent way to do family research, locate cousins, and explore one's ethnicity.  It can also be of help in surname research, as a match can clarify from which branch of a family one belongs.  This can allow a researcher to use research from a collateral line that has a better paper record.

Link to the Ulster Heritage mtDNA results to date:

Ulster Heritage mtDNA results


Dave Swift in Gallóglach dress
In the photo above is archaeologist and actor, Dave Swift, with authentic Gallóglaigh dress and arms. Dave Swift is with the Claíomh group that provides Gaelic living history and military personnel for a wide range of events, including films and TV programs.  Link to their blog:  Claíomh

Gallóglaigh families are found throughout Ireland.  The Gallóglaigh families originate in the Hebrides and west Highlands of Scotland.  They settled in Ireland from 1250 AD to 1350 AD, eventually become their own 'clans' throughout Ireland.  They were a warrior caste in which the sons of a Gallóglach would follow his father's profession.  Gallóglach is the singular and Gallóglaigh is the plural. 

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Ludovic Stewart

 Ludovic Stewart was the 2 Duke of Lennox and was one of the primary Planters in east Donegal.  His lands had belonged to Iníon Dubh, the wife of Aodh Mac Manus Ó Dónaill.  Of interest, he was a cousin to Iníon Dubh.  In 1591 he was appointed Lord High Admiral of Scotland and his connections to James VI were responsible for him becoming one of the largest land holders in the New Order in Ulster. 

In the Plantation he was granted the lands at Portlough Precinct in the Barony of Raphoe in County Donegal.  His son, illegitimate, John Stewart, was given Mongavlin castle, which was Iníon Dubh’s residence, and the surrounding lands. 

At the time of the Plantation in 1609, the Stewart lands in Portlough Precinct already had a sizable number of Scottish Highlanders living there .  These Highlanders were called ‘Redshanks.’  They had settled in Portlough in the mid to late 1500s and most of them had Clann Chaimbeul connections.  The settlers that Ludovic brought over from Scotland were from his lands in Lennox, which were on the edge of the Scottish Highlands.  These settlers along with the existing Scottish Highlanders gave the district a decidedly strong Scottish Gaelic element which shows up in the surnames in the early records.  Stewart was born in September of 1574 and died in February of 1624.  His brother, Esme Stewart, became the new Duke of Lennox and took over headship of the Stewart lands in east Donegal.