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*Samantha* Posted 23rd Mar 2017, 07:10pm
  Thank you for a very intereresting read. My family name is Keenan. Does anyone have any info. Also does anyone know of Huntingtons Disease? and a mental hospital where people with HD may have been sent. Thank you.

samanthajkeenan@yahoo.co.uk
rnwebber Posted 31st Mar 2016, 10:49am
  I've learned my McGrath ancestors are from Ballaghameehan Leitrim via Belleek Fermanagh. Most of them migrated to Toronto Canada in the 1910s/1920s.

dr.regwebber@gmail.com
Talisman Posted 7th Mar 2014, 11:35pm
 
QUOTE (Tim @ 23rd Feb 2014, 02:55pm) *
Can anyone provide any insight into the surname Leith? My greatX2 grandfather James Leith was born in 1845 in Ireland (town/county unknown) and married a Sarah McKechnie (who was also likely born in Ireland) in Glasgow in 1868. They were most likely Protestant.

I know that Leith is a Scottish surname, what are the chances the family is of Scottish descent?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!

There is not a lot to go on when it comes to tracing random names and having no definitive source for the origin of the particular ancestors. Parish records will help if you can define the parish in particular. Migration of individuals to and from Ireland from the 17th century and before would make it almost impossible to define the place of origin of a particular person and whatever country they resided in. They would, after one generation, have defined themselves as being of that particular country. There is also the problem of the Province of Ulster which actualy consists of nine counties and not ythe 1922 imposition of six. Not all people from Ulster are protestants as not all Irish people outside of Ulster are Catholic. There is no way a name can be assessed as to a persons religion in Scotland or Ireland. The name Leith is a place name and as such it would more likely be attributed to the lowland or border Scots. However there are no reasonable parameters that can be applied to Scottish/Irish surnames that can throw any positive light on their origins or that of those individuals bearing a particularsurname. Expensive geneology sites maybe your only recourse in this matter.
Tim Posted 23rd Feb 2014, 02:38pm
  Can anyone provide any insight into the surname Leith? My greatX2 grandfather James Leith was born in 1845 in Ireland (town/county unknown) and married a Sarah McKechnie (who was also likely born in Ireland) in Glasgow in 1868. They were most likely Protestant.

I know that Leith is a Scottish surname, what are the chances the family is of Scottish descent?

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Thanks!
RonD Posted 30th Dec 2012, 10:16am
  My Mother's paternal ancestry was from Kincardineshire with a little spill over in Angus shire, her maternal ancestry was from lower Aberdeenshire. However, My Father''s ancestry was fully famine or pre famine Irish. Names include Dempsey, Bon(n)ar, O'Donnell, Donelly, McNeillus, Gallocher, Moor, Fairrell, Caig, McRobert, (McRabbie) and not so Irish names from Ireland, Brown, McDonald and Crawford.
bilbo.s Posted 29th Dec 2012, 10:20am
 
QUOTE (Heather @ 28th Dec 2012, 10:57pm) *
Wow, Bill is actually admitting to having Irish blood in the family. laugh.gif


I thought that might shake you, Heather, but I would never deny my heritage, no matter how dark! wink.gif

Esther Shannon (1837-1918) , from Killinchy, Co. Down, has her place on my family tree, but is a lonely figure among all the Scots.
Heather Posted 28th Dec 2012, 09:40pm
  Wow, Bill is actually admitting to having Irish blood in the family. laugh.gif

My paternal g'g'parents were both Irish and although my paternal g'dad was born in Glasgow, he was raised in Ireland. He came back to Glasgow when a young man and started his own Horse & Cart Business. laugh.gif
bilbo.s Posted 28th Dec 2012, 06:22pm
  Not quite true, Ron - in my case it was a great, great granny ! smile.gif
RonD Posted 28th Dec 2012, 05:08pm
  So true marcam, every Scotsman has an Irish Granny!
marcam7 Posted 27th Dec 2012, 11:20pm
  Best couple of hours spent in a long time,shocked when i heard of the death of Paul a fountain of knowledge ,when doing my own tree i found out three out of the four sets of grandparents had all come over from Ireland in the early 1800s,as a patriotic Scot i find something good in that, gives me more songs to sing !!
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