Might be time to take the swab, Dee!
On 31/08/2012 7:07 PM, Dee Byster-Graham wrote:
Vicki, (cousin) Eilish, and All,
According to our Vi this happened for many centuries - and it is difficulty
to sort out who originally came from which place where Ireland and Scotland
Up until quite recently, I believed my KEOWN family came to Ireland as
gallowglasses then discovered they are indigenous Irish, with a
tribe/people of the same name arriving from Scotland into Ireland in the
12/13th centuries. So we have two large, extended families bearing the same
name whom apparently came from different sources.
A boatload of men can row over the narrow parts of the Irish Sea in a day,
as has been tested many times in the past (and present). When land-born
people look out on the sea and see a barrier, sea peoples look out and see a
'road' to new places. It is a particular mindset - living on an island as I
do I note this same distinction in my 'mainland' friends, who often
commiserate on my 'isolation' when in reality I am but 20 minutes away
across a delightful stretch of water in our fast catamaran ferries - they
see a barrier, I see a road.
The Irish Sea was not a barrier, but a road by which our mariner ancestors
could travel quicker and certainly safer between any place in the British
Isles in ancient times; thus in the days of the sea kings of Dalriada parts
of Scotland, Ireland, Man, and Wales were a united kingdom in their own
right. So much interchange went on between kin on either side of the Sea it
must surely be well-nigh impossible to distinguish between them now.
Then today our Cliff told me the Johnston family were Norman - which
translates as Viking! So, with the possible exception of my two 'original''
Irish families of DOLAN and KEOWN, every other ancestor our family has
originated from Norway or Denmark - all Viking - English FUTCHER (Fulcar the
Viking settled in 8th century Wiltshire), JOHNSTON, SNOW ( originally
Orkney, now Ireland) MITCHELL (Scotland, from Michael who arrived as part of
the Norman invasion) McCabe (Western Isle) - the list goes on!
Kindly, (and bemused)
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