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From: Allene Goforth <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] Question about patronymics
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 15:41:46 -0700
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Craig,

Funny you should ask about that. I just came across something the other
day about "being true to the Bruce" in Ayrshire. They were talking about
the McAdams, but if it's true, then it applied to other Lowland families
with Mac/Mc surnames. They supposedly changed from Mac to Mc in defiance
of the British and added two small hash marks (underscore lines) under
the little "C" in McAdam. This was supposedly recognized in Scotland to
stand for remaining true to the Bruce. It was also supposed to be an
indication of being Protestant instead of Catholic. The Catholics for
some reason remained "Mac."

That certainly didn't apply to emigrants to what is now Canada. They
were all recorded as Mc at first. Then they started dividing into Mc and
Mac in the 20th century, but it was mainly down Irish/Scottish lines
where I grew up (Cape Breton Island).

Allene



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