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wilkinson/macdonald link

rose (View posts)
Posted: 5 Mar 2003 2:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi -
I am a Wilkinson from Yorkshire. Wilkinsons wear Macdonald of the Isles tartan. Wilkinsons on Islay in 1400s.
Researching if we came south when clans cleared 16-1700s

Re: wilkinson/macdonald link

Posted: 26 Apr 2003 2:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks for your question! We get far too few messages here.

As to the Wilkinsons, they were not affiliated with the Gaelic Clann Dhòmhnuill, AKA the Clan MacDonald. As I stated in a response to another researcher of the Wilkinsons, the name is actually English/Lowland Scots and not Gaelic. This in unfortunately very confusing, as there are many websites and quasi-historical books which erroneously link the Wilkinsons to the Clan.

It is most interesting to me that you heard/read Wilkinsons were in Islay in the 1400s - the people of Islay would all have gone by Gaelic patronymic names like "Dougall Mhac Allan Mhic Iain" or "Mairi Ni Donall", and would not have had fixed surnames.

I hope I have been of assistance.

Clann Dhòmhnuill
Board Admin

Re: wilkinson/macdonald link

pete (View posts)
Posted: 16 Nov 2005 3:57PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, I need to know if macdonalds and wilkinsons are related, if they are, im due to recieve £80,000 from an ancestor in te isle of luing.........hope so......

p

Re: wilkinson/macdonald link

ruth (View posts)
Posted: 17 Nov 2005 3:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: wilkinson
I was told by a historian that Wilkinson is named on the official list of septs of clan Macdonald. and i saw the list.
Its a lowland name though...and some people dispute it on that ground. Septs are families who fought with and/or married into the clan.

Re: wilkinson/macdonald link

Posted: 22 Nov 2005 8:10PM GMT
Classification: Query
Ruth,

As I stated over two years ago on this board, there is no connection between the English surname Wilkinson and the Gaelic Clann Dhòmhnuill/MacDonalds.

Nor is there some sort of "official sept list" as you suggest. However, there are many lists of surnames created by tartan product makers purporting to show a wide variety of surnames connected with various clans, regardless of historical or present-day reality. Their agenda is to maximise profit, not illuminate the intricacies of Gaeldom.

Clann Dhòmhnuill
Board Admin

Re: wilkinson/macdonald link

Posted: 16 Aug 2013 12:31AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ruth,
You are incorrect on your knowledge of the name of Wilkinson and Clan Donald. There is historical records to back it up. Not for Wilkinson's of England but for McQuilkin,McCuilcean,McCuilkin etc;We were in Kintyre as early as 1539 when Duncan MAne Mcllchane was a witness, John Dow McWilkane was with the Clanranldbane in Largie when they received a parton in 1542 for not showing up at the battle of Solway. Even earlier there is Beanus Johannis McCuilquen Archdeacon of Sodor and the Isles 1390 he was from the Isle of Arran. The use of Wilkinson became widely used in the USA especially among the Cape Fear McQuilkins who emigrated from Kintyre ca 1770 from Kintyre. By the 1850 all were usinf the the English form of name.
In Kintyre they were mostly tenants of McAlistar of Loup and the McDonalds of Largie Duncan Mc Olchan died 1692 is buried in the McAlisters cemetary of Ballikill near Cuildrynoch in Kintyre is named on his stone as a tenant.
At this time also only two McQuilkins have DNA test,one from Rathlin Island appears to be a possible McKillican and the other is L21 Z242+with close matches from the border areas. So if your a McQuilkin from Rathlin Island, Kintyre and Islay and your folks Anglicized their name to Wilkinson please feel free to join Clan Donald, you belong.
Saus Alba
Ray McQuilkan
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