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Pinpointing Your McMillan Origin

On the 9th of May I gave a talk at the request of Irishgathering.ie to the ‘Sons of the American Revolution’ who were visiting Ireland. It was there that I met Charles McMillan. Charles had taken a Y-DNA test with ancestry.com and I advised him to transfer to another company and upgrade the number of DNA markers tested. A couple of months later Charles emailed me with the results and I did a free consultation to determine if I could pinpoint an origin (there’s about an 85% success rate at present for those with Scottish ancestry). Charles ordered the report and it can now be downloaded and studied here.

If you are a McMillan then there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Firstly there are about 11 main clusters of McMillan farmers scattered throughout the west of Scotland. Each cluster may represent the descendants of a ‘distinct’ McMillan Clan (unrelated to the other McMillan clusters/Clans). Each McMillan Clan was founded by a single individual (a McMillan-Adam) who took that surname an estimated 1000 years ago, and today if you are a male McMillan there is a 50% chance that you are directly descended from one of these 11 McMillan-Adams. Only commercial DNA testing can determine which McMillan Clan you descend from.

There was also a surprise in the DNA results! Charles had a number of distant matches to people called Carroll. These appear to be the Irish Ely O’Carrolls whose ancestry links back to the Scottish Lowlands about 2000 years ago. I (Dr Tyrone Bowes) share common ancestry with these Irish Ely O’Carrolls and it would appear that Charles and I share an ancient paternal ancestor who lived over 2000 years ago in Southern Scotland! If you have not taken a Y-DNA test contact me here to find out how. If you have had a Y-DNA test and would like a FREE CONSULTATION on the results then contact me here. If you think you may be related to the Dumfriesshire McMillans then you can email Charles McMillan who commissioned the report: ebenezermc60@gmail.com

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