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From: tuulen <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] Question about patronymics
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2011 21:16:06 -0400
I have seen numerous examples of that same lower case c both raised and
A typesetter's convention perhaps, but it was popularly hand written, too.
On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 6:23 PM, Craig McKie <> wrote:
> My given surname is McKie. This was originally Macaoidh in Gaelic. The
> seminal historical man was one Aie MacEth, rusticated from Strabane to
> the coast of Sutherland sometime near the end of the first millenium
> or so it is said. Nevertheless I was once berated by a woman at the
> Gaelic Society in Inverness for not adopting the 'official' anglicized
> spelling, MacKay.
> My spelling is particular to Galloway and Dumfries, there being
> gravestones in the old cemetery in Kirkcudbright and Dundrennan Abbey
> stretching back to at least the early 1800s with that spelling. There
> is fragmentary evidence of these kindred living in the area since
> before AD1300 largely based on the fact that some of said people
> received a gift of land in recognition of service to the Bruce at
> Bannockburn as archers. The 1841 Census has my GGG grandfather living
> near Moniaive in the same general area.
> My question is this: my grandfather always signed his surname with an
> underscore under the raised lowercase c. Was this a) an affectation?
> b) a 19C typesetters convention? or c) a signifying indication of some
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