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A Bit of Pate?

Posted on August 13, 2012 with 0 comments

I have always considered myself to be more of a European Royal than warring Scottish clansmen. But with a name like MacDonald, I figured I should explore the heritage that comes with the name.  I have never been to Scotland before and though my ancestors come from Inverness, I decided to spend my first time there in the two major centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow.  
 
The MacDonald clan is the most numerous and widespread of the clans who were warriors on both land and sea.  MacDonald’s have their ancestry in the renowned Lords of the Isles who viewed themselves as their own law and not under the rule of the sovereign on the mainland.  The clan (Gaelic for children) derived its name from Donald, grandson of Somerled who was one of Scotland’s most mighty and ferocious leader’s who was killed in 1164.  Hence the name MacDonald, or son of Donald, Mac (Gaelic Mhic, signifying son).  Some families’ abbreviated the name to McDonald; [...]
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