Taken from
Issue Number 89 Spring 2021




Editorial Notes

GLENS OF ANTRIM FAMILIES. The strong historical, cultural and family links between Kintyre and the Glens of Antrim - reinforced by migrations in both directions over millennia - weakened only in the 20th century; but the legacy survives in the genetic composition of the respective populations and in the many shared surnames. In Kintyre there remain innumerable descendants of families from Ireland and more specifically County Antrim, owing to its geographical proximity. Kintyre genealogists should therefore welcome the forthcoming publication of Family Names in the Glens of Antrim by Brian S. Turner, who has been researching the subject for nearly 50 years. The 192-page hardback 'describes and explains the evolution or the historical landscape through an examination of the names of its people', and incorporates 30-plus surname distribution maps and more than 50 photographs. The book is on subscription offer at £19.99, plus postage and packaging, until 30 April 2021, and subscribers' names will appear in a list within the book. The publisher is Ulster Historical Foundation, Newtownards, County Down, and further information about the book and subscription may be obtained at - names or by going on to the KANHS website (see page 1).

CLAN MACMILLAN DNA PROJECT. As part of this genealogical project, funds are available to pay for Y -DNA testing of MacMillans from Kintyre, which is considered to be 'the homeland of the largest MacMillan group'. As of February 2021, the project, which began in 2004, had 626 participants around the world, including the Chief, George MacMillan.
Applicants would require to be male with a genealogical 'paper trail' going back to the mid-18th century in Kintyre.
The project is hosted by Family Tree DNA and can be accessed at:
Robert McMillan, one of the adminstrators, will welcome enquiries at:

KINTYRE HERALDRY. Dr James Floyd of the The Heraldry Society of Scotland is compiling a Gazeteer of Architectural Heraldry for Scotland, and, owing to current travel restrictions, seeks local assistance in obtaining good close-up photographs of shields or coats or arms carved on gravestones and or the stones themselves. The following churchyards are known to have relevant gravestones or panels: Cill Aindreis, Tarbert (1 feature), Kilchousland (1), Kilehenzie (1), Kilkerran (9), Killean (1), Saddell Abbey (1), St Ninian's, Sanda (1), Skipness (1), Kilcolmkill, Southend (4), plus Glenreasdell Lodge (1) and Lossit House (1).
More detailed information can be obtained from Dr Floyd at and The Heraldry Society of Scotland website can be accessed at

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The Kintyre Antiquarian & Natural History Society was founded in 1921 and exists to promote the history, archaeology and natural history of the peninsula.
It organises monthly lectures in Campbeltown - from October to April, annually - and has published its journal, 'The Kintyre Magazine', twice a year since 1977, in addition to a range of books on diverse subjects relating to Kintyre.

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