The McCown surname is derived from Eoghainn. Until St. Patrick preached the Gospels in the
5th century, the there was no Irish Gaelic language equivalent for the Hebrew name John.
They settled on Eoghainn (pronounced as Owen) as the Irish Gaelic equivalent of John. Owen
is the root of the McCown surname using Mc preceeding Owen for McOwen. There are several
other spelling variant of the surname both in Ireland and in Scotland. For example, in the Nith
River Valley of Strathclyde, both McCowns and McGowans take their name from Owen the Bald,
King of Strathclyde in the 8th century. This is the only instance I know of where McGowan is
used for McCown rather than the literal use of McanGabhan which means son of the smith or
Monday, January 26, 2015
My head is swimming with Maguire history and DNA. Maguire history, although convoluted, is not a challenge; the DNA aspect of your genealogical search is another matter. Unless you have a background in this science, understanding genetic patterns and relationships is like trying to decipher Greek. With that caveat, here is what I have
DNA testing shows that you, your cousin and Jim McKown are descendants of Donn Mor Maguire (AD1302), the first King of Fermanagh. Donn Mor was a descendant of the Three Collas, descendants of Milesius of Spain, who defeated their cousins the Red Branch Knights of Ulidia. Descendants of the Collas eventually joined with kindred and other unrelated families to found the
which encompassed the
counties of Fermanagh, Cavan and Monaghan.
In DNA terms, from what I have read, you, your cousin Sam and
all belong to the Airghialla 2 Modal group, specifically L513 – P66+,
apparently are the only Maguires to belong to the P66+ category. Kingdom
The Maguire clan history also tells us that the Maguires are related to the MacQuarrie family of
come from an island near Mull. This Scottish connection is not unusual,
since many Scottish clans actually have Irish founders. The Mc
Queen/McSweeny clan of Inishowen, Donegal are
descended from Conn of the Hundred
Battles, High King of Ireland, and the
McKenzies (McKinneys) are descended from the Norman Fitzgeralds who
from Ireland into .
the Buchananns, whom you reference as a DNA match, are descendants of
Anselan Buey Ocahan, son of the King of Ulster, who fled Ireland in
emigrated to Argyll in Western Scotland. Scotland
Bottom line: the Scottish names on your list of DNA connections may well have similar Irish bloodlines. Some of the O’Neills disguised their names as
after the English strongly urged the Gaels to anglicize their names. Johnston
Names like McMahon, McManus, McAuley, McDonald, Burns and Donohoe all appear to belong to the
loosely connected group of families which came to share the same
Historically, the Insurrection of 1641 was led by the Maguire family. As you and I know,
has a website which records the actual testimony of the English and
settlers who described the atrocities committed against them by the
rebels. In Fermanagh
and elsewhere, Rory Maguire, son of Sir Conor
of the senior branch of the Maguires, was
the Captain of the Irish rebels. I no
longer have access to the Clogher Record,
but I think
I remember reading that Rory had married the widow of a prominent Fermanagh English undertaker, and had moved into
in, or near, the Barony of Lurg, Fermanagh.
We both know the1641 Deposition, which we previously discussed, stated that Capt Rory Maguire, Hugh mc Adeganny (the priest), Donagh oge, Brian Carragh, Redmond Maguire, and Pat and Cahill McChoen all took part in a massacre at Magheraculmoney in Lurg.
In the 1642 Deposition of Alice Champyn, in the Barony of Clankelly, in the Manor of Castle Coole, she names Don Carragh Maguyre, gent, Edmund Carragh Maguyre of Annaharde, and Redmond McOwin Maguyre gent of Fermanagh as murderers of her husband. Members of the Maguire family who survived execution by the English, were on the run and had good reason to drop their surname and assume the Christian name of an ancestor as their surname – perhaps becoming McCown.
In the Fermanagh Census 1669 for Lurg, we find: Edmund McCone (Culmaine) and Cuchonagh O’Kohan (Cluncagh). Later, we find John McCone of Collcan as a 1788 poll elector, as well as McKown in Aghalucher, and McCown in Galoon. There are also McCoens listed in Fermanagh in 1659.
Without further specific information, you’ll have to be content with the remarkable information which you have collected at this point in your journey. You are a Maguire of the main royal line. That’s quite an accomplishment!