I don't know about MacDuff. Although it seems they did inhabit Banffshire.
The was a MacArthur of Milton, who traced his desccent from the MacArthurs
of Tirivadich, which is supposedly the chiefly line of clan MacArthur.
My particular line of Campbell shares a rare-ish genetic STR marker with
MacArthur. The Archibald Campbell who was made Laird over the lands our
family were tenant famers on...was appointed such at the same time
Tirivadich was given to Patrick MacArthur.
The wrong side of a conflict that might be referred to would in this case
be Argyll's Rebellion (9th Campbell Earl) and Monmouth's Rebellion in
England...1685-ish, a joint venture if you will, and unsuccessful.
My ancestors participated in the rebellion and were banished to the
plantations in the Colony of East New Jersey.
In the clan system, many times if you were a tenant farmer of a Lairds
land, you would take the Lairds name... This happened quite often and is
why were finding not all Campbells are Campbells originally... so name
changes were not unusual on account of being a tenant.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the Church of Scotland before 1689
was Episcopal, and afterwards Presbyterian...and around 1685 these two
factions did not see eye to eye to say the least. IIRC the 8th Earl
Campbell (Marquis?) was a major force behind the Presbyterian movement.
So, there's a very loose link between Milton, MacArthur and Campbell. And
the conflict may have been before the "15" and "45" (1715 and 1745
Hope that points to things to dig into...
On Sun, Feb 1, 2015 at 9:21 PM, Glenda Mattes via <campbell(a)rootsweb.com>
I have an old family story. I hope someone can help shed some
My great grandfather, George Milton was born in Deskford, Banffshire in
1835, died in 1927 in Kansas, USA.
He told his children that Milton was not the original family name, that
had to change it when they got on the wrong side of some conflict. There
are notes left by his daughters saying that it may have been MacDuff. One
of his son's middle name was Campbell. The family was Church of Scotland.
I've wondered if the conflict could had some connection to the events at
Culloden - or earlier?
Does anyone else have a similar story? I'm looking for clues.
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