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The OConnor Clan (Grandmother, Father)

From IrishCentralr.com


The O'Connor name, with its varied spellings, doesn't spring from a common source. The name arose in five areas of Ireland: Connacht, Kerry, Derry, Offaly, and Clare and split into six distinct septs, five of which are still in existence.

The most prominent sept is that of the Connacht O'Connors who gave us the last two High-Kings of Ireland: Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) and Roderick O'Connor (1116-1198). They trace their heritage and name from the Irish "Ua Conchobhair," meaning from Conchobhar. Conchobhar was the descendant of Heremon, the seventh son of the legendary King Mil Espaine (Milesius - "Soldier of Spain"). Conchobhar reigned as King of Connacht (971 A.D.), an area deriving its name from the "Connachta" dynasties in the west of Ireland.

Clan Wallace (Surname)

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Origins of the clan

The Wallace family first came to Scotland with a Norman family in the 11th century. King David was eager to extend the benefits of Norman influence and gave grants to the nobles of the south. Among them was Walter Fitzallan, who the Scottish king appointed his Steward in 1136.  One of Fitzallan's followers was Richard Wallace from Oswestry who came north to try and improve his fortunes.   Oswestry is on the Welsh border so it is possible that the name Wallace may be a corruption of Le Waleis meaning the "Welshman".  Lord Fitzallan received from King David lands in Ayrshire and so it was here that his follower Richard Wallace settled.  Richard Wallace was granted his own estate in Kyle, where it is claimed that his name Richard is still remembered in the placename of the village of Riccarton.  

Family Surnames

Clan Taylor (Great Grandmother, Father)

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The Taylors who are affiliated with Clan Cameron as a sept are said to be descended from Donald "Taillear Dubh na Tuaighe" (Black Tailor of the [Lochaber] Axe), who lived in the time of Mary Queen of Scots.  He was the "natural son" of Ewen Cameron, 14th Chief of Clan Cameron and a daughter of the Chief of Clan MacDougall, out of wedlock.  Ewen had Donald nursed by a tailor's wife at Lundavra; thus the name Taylor.  After his father's death (Ewen died while a captive of the Chief of the MacDougalls, held prisoner until he agreed to marry the Chief's daughter), Donald would became the greatest warrior that Clan Cameron had even known.  Acknowledgement of his parentage by his deceased father not being enough to ascend to the Chiefship, he excelled in the field of battle, usually against the Cameron's principal foes, the Clan Mackintosh and usually with his trusty Lochaber axe.  In time he would flee rising Cameron-Mackintosh internal Clan treachery, with a band of loyal followers, to Cowal.  The descendants of his followers there were for ages known as Mac an taillear; later as Taylor.  A tribute to Donald remains in the Cameron Coat of Arms, where his likeness, along with a Lochaber axe, borders/protects the outer shield

Donald's legacy is preserved in the double black lines of the Taylor sept's tartan, designed in 1955 by Lt.Col. Iain B. Cameron.


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