Just found this forum some interesting stuff on here.Really good reading. I'm a McCabe my Grandfather came from Co Cavan.
As for the origins of the family I've heard of the Macleod link and the Arran link however as yet I don't think I've seen anything to firm either story up.
There is a McCabe DNA site and I have submitted my DNA but I really can't get my head round it.http://www.familytreedna.com/public/mccabe...section=results
I have my own theory that the McCabes ended up there when King Robert's brother Edward went to Ireland. There is a hill on the Cavan/Meath border called Bruce hill so he must have been operating in that area.
I've also seen old gravestones from the 18th and 19th century in Killinkere Co Cavan and some of the names are Torquil and Sorley. I also know that even in the early 19th century the McCabes were still being referred to as "foreigners"
As to the origins of the name I've heard everything from Jewish fighters to the caped/helmeted ones.I have no idea if this theory stands up but the Irish name for Cavan is An Cabhan so maybe that might be a link.
The Clan lost their status in the late 17th century when the senior members moved to the court of King James in France.Though the site of their castle at Moyne hall just outside Cavan still has some of the old castle built into it.
Hopefully the DNA might give us some positive answers.
The Galloglas are a fascinating subject that we know so little about.