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Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 3 Aug 2003 4:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galloway, MacFarlane
Throughout the research I have done on my husband's ancestors, (who most recently and mistakenly thought they were Irish) the MacFarlane name pops up frequently. Stories passed on to me suggests that some MacFarlanes and Galloways may have come to the U.S. together and most definitely settled together in West Louisville and St. Joe, Kentucky. There, in a cemetery by the official name of Travis cemetery, are buried many Galloways and MacFarlanes. This also suggests that our Galloways were indeed a part of the MacFarlane clan. The earliest ancestor I have been able to trace back to is Three Plait Bill Galloway who at the age of 16 was a revolutionary war soldier from Virginia. It is my understanding that he lived his latter years on the MacFarlane Farm and was buried across the road in the cemetery mentioned above. My reason for posting (hopefully I am not breaking any rules) is this: Does anyone have any clan history on this particular Galloway family? Even if it is just an oral tidbit passed down, would be helpful. Sincerely, Debbie Galloway

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Shawn Galloway (View posts)
Posted: 9 Jan 2004 11:12PM GMT
Classification: Query
If you look up the MacFarlane Clan the Galloways are listed as part of the Clan sometimes and others affiliated by marriage. Until recently I thought that the Galloways originated from the Clan MacFarlane. You are right though most Galloways assume the are from Northern Ireland around Galway.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Bill Foster (View posts)
Posted: 9 Jun 2005 1:25PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galloway
I have just returned from Scotland and spent some time in the areas frequented by the Galloways (my mother's ancestral line). Apparently, the Galloways were "septs" of the clan MacFarlane, i.e., they were a tribe associated with that clan. I have read elsewhere that they were a clan unto themselves (you can find some info on that via the web) and associated with other clans. I have a map showing the Galloways among the MacFarlanes in the areas just north and west of Glasgow, Scotland.

My ancester James Galloway left Scotland, via Liverpool to the Port of Philadelphia, in 1638. After more than 20 years of searching, I still cannot find his origins. Not much written or saved sometimes among the highland clans.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 30 Apr 2009 7:48PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galloway
At one of those cheesy Celtic festivals, I read in a book that "Galloway" is an alias, that some MacFarlane assasinated an earl in the 1300s, and after that the clan had to lay low. Galloway was one of the aliases they adopted. Don't know if that's accurate. But of course, Galloway is the largest province in Scotland, home of the beloved Robbie Burns.
I'm only a first-generation American; both sides of my family are from Scotland, including my father, George, who was raised in Kirkcaldy. His father, Andrew, was a master woodcarver who did the fancy, carved woodwork on the Mauritania and the Lusitania, which were THE luxury liners before the Titanic (both ended up at the bottom of the ocean, much to his dismay.)
He came over here to work on the renovation of the interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral in the 1920s, then settled in Cleveland. There, he created the Cleveland Liturgical Arts Guild, a bunch of carvers who did much of the beautiful work that can still be found in the old churches and cathedrals in the Cleveland area.
My branch of the Galloways are noted for tall guys, over 6 feet. When I lost my dad in the crowd in Edinborough, I soon caught sight of him, a head taller than all the (typically) short people in Scotland.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 3 May 2009 2:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
My dear Sir, just read you 'letter', and would like to add, if any use, my own Galloway history. I am living now in Darlington, Durham County, but was born In Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire. My father, Robert James Harland Galloway, was born in Stockton on Tees, in 1910, nearby, his father , William James, was born in 1875,in Stockton too I believe, now -,this is where the story varies ...HiS dad, was born in about 1842, in either, Ireland ( North ), Antrim is mentioned, or Scotland, Kirkaldy is mentioned....ah me, you take your pick at these times ! ... Other than that, on my mother's side, which is Swales, that is pure North Yorkshire. Hope this snippet helps, I am about to visit my two eldest daughters, who reside in Michigan now, near Detroit.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 3 May 2009 5:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am so grateful for any and all replies to this thread. Very interesting, every one of them.
Peter, Antrim is where my husband's line is supposed to be from. However, they moved there from Scotland and lived there for 10 years before coming to America.
I have found all tidbits of information in this thread have been helpful in their own right. Thank you all very much.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 20 May 2009 2:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
My name is James Galloway and I have some questions that I haven't found answers on my own for. I currently live north of Chicago , but my dad originally came from West Plaines Mo. Guess my family were one of the first to settle the Ozark area. Before that I have no idea. Question is , does anybody know the history of any Galloway's that moved to the Ozarks before they moved there??? Would appreciate any info....

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 20 May 2009 11:59PM GMT
Classification: Query
Part of my husband's family traveled through the area I believe on their way to Oregon. I correspond with a gentleman who currently lives in Washington state who is a descendant of theirs. Don't hold me to this, but I believe he once told me that some stayed in that area. I May be wrong. I will email him to find out. Will reference this post and maybe he can add something to this discussion.

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 9 May 2010 4:39AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello - Isaw your posting re: picture of David Galloway and then read your posting about Three Plait Bill Galloway. Do you have any more information/pictures/documents regarding the Bill -> David connections (btw I have a John William Galloway aka Three Plait in Daviess, KY).

Re: Galloway/MacFarlane connection

Posted: 13 Mar 2011 12:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Galloway
Hello DebbieFrankGalloway, I was just wondering about the person you are talking about who lives in Washington State? Because I live in WA state, and the Galloway side of my family here is quite large, and came from Southern California :)
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