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Subject: Re: [DNA-R1B1C7] Some Musings on R1b1c7
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2008 09:01:25 EST
Thanks. Heres the background to the term Kenelman. At the back of "The
Register of the Great Seal of Scotland" in Appendix II, there are two printed
lists of Indexes, Index A and Index B, compiled by two separate Scottish royal
clerks and based on rolls, which perished in the shipwreck of 1660.
Index A, the older and written in Latin, is believed to have been compiled
by James Makgill of Rankeilor, clerk register from 1554 to 1579.
Index B, known as Robertson's Index, is believed to have been compiled by
Sir John Hamilton of Magdalens, clerk register between 1622 and 1632. Index B
is written in the Scots vernacular.
The indexes contained in many cases the only source of reference to charters
now lost dating from the Reign of Robert the Bruce onwards, including his
son, David II. The Clan Kenelman is recorded in his reign.
Index A: “Michaelis Mcgorth quod sit capitanus de parentela de Kenclanen”.
Index B: “Carta anent the clan of Kenelman”.
As you can see, the first - written in Latin, is probably a copy of the
heading of the original charter. Kencl should probably be Kenel, as it appears in
the Index B. The second part of the name is less clear. What is Anen or Man?
Proff. Watson suggests Kenelman may be for ‘Cenel Maine’, though Kenclanen
was meaningless to him. The fact that this Clan is dubbed a Clan in 1344,
suggests the Kenel had become a recognised part of the name Man, in much the same
way Munntir had become the first element of the name Muntercasduff by 1344,
when John McKennedy was appointed captain of the "Clan" Muntercasduff. The
names Kenelman and Muntercasduff both point to Gaelic practices of naming
family groups. To me, Muntercasduff points to a family that grew up around a
religious community, whereas, Kenel points to something slightly different. Not
sure what though?
In my article _Brittonic-A_
(http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~alanmilliken/Research/DNAStudies/Brittonic-A.html) I attempt to trace how the name
Muntercasduff evolved from a particular person, as in the case of
Muntercoultan. In both cases, we are looking a patriarch who lived pre-1100. I haven't
been able to draw the same level of observation with the name Kenelman. So
many of the native Gallwegians were pushed down the social ladder by the 1300s,
it is difficult to know what shape the clan structure took prior to this
In relation to the Amuliganes, something has always puzzled me. I found a
reference to an Omoligane in or near Dublin in 1264, along with the name
McDowall. I also came across a DNA result from an O'Mulligan of West Meath, that is
very similar to our own. It is only a phonetic change from Omoligane to
Amuligane. The Acarson family from Galloway appears to have been actively
involved in Scotland's affairs with the Isles of Man and certainly around the Irish
Sea coastline. Several years ago, when I was doing some research in Dublin, I
came across a coat of Arms that was almost identical to ours. It was very
old and belonged to the merchant guild of Dublin! I'm beginning to wonder if I
am looking in the wrong direction and should be looking more south towards
In a message dated 20/01/2008 03:40:22 GMT Standard Time,
In a message dated 1/19/2008 7:34:26 A.M. Central Standard Time,
time, Michael McGorth was appointed captian or chief of the "Kenelman" or
in Galloway. As far as I can determine, the reference to the Gaelic term
"Kenel" in Kenelman, is the only one to be found in Galloway.
That's a strange reference, Alan. What does the Maine part mean? Is Maine
the same as "man" in Kenelman? If so that would read Cenel Maine. That
should be a tribe reference with an ancestor named Maine. There were
Cenel Maines in Ireland, including the Cenel Maine of Tethba, said to
from Maine, son of Nial (southern Ui Neill).
An article in Wikipedia quotes Byrnes (Irish Kings and High Kings) on the
Cenel Maine of Tethba.
"Maine of Tethba or Maine mac Néill was a supposed son of Niall
His existence is very doubtful. Writing of him in 1973, Irish historian
Francis John Byrne stated his belief that:
"We may suspect then that eastern Maine was so successfully absorbed into
the Uí Néill ambit that their kings, by a polite fiction, were accepted
the dominant dynasty circle ... The fact that the annalistic obit of Maine
Néill in 440 is so much earlier than that of any of his supposed brothers
also suggests that he was adopted into the dynasty some time after the
historians had agreed to push back the date of Niall's reign by a generation
I can't speak for the entire history of Tethba or Teffia but one family at
least who were chieftains of the territory were dispersed by the Normans.
"MacGiolla seachlainn, M'Galaghlin, MacGlaughlin, MacClachlin,
MacGlafilin, Claffin; son of Giolla seachainn (servant of St.
The name of an old Meath family who were lords of Southern
Breagh, until soon after the Anglo-Norman invasion, when they lost
their power and were dispersed. The present anglicised forms of
Mac Giolla Seaclainn cannot be distinguished from those of Mag
Loclainn, MacLachlainn, q.v.; but that the family is still extant
is shown by the variant Mac Giolla Seachlainn.
Tethbha would have been located somewhere near Meath and Dublin.
The name Maine also pops up in a lot of Scottish pedigrees from Skene's MS.
But I found this on your own web site: Kenclanen which doesn't make any
sense as a variant of Kenelman. It's interesting to see all those clann
cenel references in Galloway though. It must have meant something at one
if you could somehow ferret out the relationships involved.
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