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From: Malcolm McClure <>
Subject: Re: [R-M222] Surname Sampling
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2012 10:52:34 +0100
It is worth considering whether the roots of the McAdam family extend back not to some eponymous Adam, but to Adomnán, late 7th Century hagiographer of Columcille. Adomnán like St Columcille (Columba) was another member of the branch of the Donegal Cinel Conall family that is mostly associated with Iona, and this could have given rise to the adoption of his name by highland tribes who converted to Christianity.
Just a thought.
On 14 Apr 2012, at 04:01, Allene Goforth <> wrote:
> My band of five Mac/McAdam lines is a curious case--a traditionally
> Lowland family found in the Highlands. I have documentation that most of
> them departed for Prince Edward island on two ships in July 1790 from
> the Arisaig area. They left about 10 years before Arisaig was massively
> cleared. A document in the Clanranald (MacDonald) Papers at the Scottish
> archives shows a John Adamson in the mid-1700s as a lower-level tacksman
> in the Arisaig area, serving one of the senior MacDonald tacksmen.
> Others among this family show up in a PEI census in 1798. They were
> called Adamson on the ships' passenger lists, but were McAdam in the
> census and ever after. Some went to mainland Nova Scotia in the 1790s,
> and most of the PEI group went to Cape Breton in 1814. Another of the
> PEI group went to New Brunswick. As far as I can tell, only a small
> group of these people (all related to one another) were in the Arisaig
> area. I am going to try to get hold of someone in the line that went to
> New Brunswick and have him tested.
> We have very distant matches at the 12-marker and 25-marker levels to
> the McAdams of Waterhead in the Nithsdale area. I think those are all
> well before surnames, and we don't share much in the way of off-modals.
> We have closer matches at 37 and 67 markers to the Griersons and
> Milligans. Alan Milliken is currently writing up something, which will
> also include my Mac/McAdam lines. I don't know exactly what our
> connection to Ireland is. Perhaps we were there before coming to the
> Lowlands and the Highlands.
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