The McCain history includes people and events familiar to readers of Irish and Scottish history; Redshanks, Iníon Dubh, Mary Queen of Scots, the Earls of Argyll, the Ulster Migration, and the Scots-Irish, are all part of this family’s story. Faint memories of this past were told for generations in Mississippi and as the research progressed the facts behind these memories were uncovered. Another theme in the book is the Scots-Irish. Contemporary histories about the Scots-Irish present stereotyped and romanticized accounts of this dynamic group. Finding the McCains reveals a more complex history and shows the cultural conflation common in Scots-Irish popular history.
Finding the McCains is also an excellent genetic genealogy how-to guide for people of Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Barry R McCain is writer living in Oxford, Mississippi. He has a degree in history from Ole Miss and is the author of The Laggan Redshanks, The Highland Scots in West Ulster 1569-1630. Mr. McCain is available for interviews and appearances.
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Dr Rankin Sherling, author of The Invisible Irish: Finding Protestants in the Nineteenth-Century Migrations to America (McGill-Queen’s University Press, Fall 2015).
Illustrations from Finding the McCains
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|Ian McKean and Ivan Knox|
|Derry's Seamus O'Kane with Donovan McCain of Oxford, MS|
Seamus and Donovan enjoy a session in Seamus's house just outside of Dungiven.
|John McCain with Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern|
Senator McCain is a frequent visitor to Ireland, here he is with the Irish Taoiseach
Joe McKane of Ballywatt, County Antrim, N. Ireland, was the first Irish born McCain to participate in the McCain DNA project and he was the first DNA match.
|Mongavlin the castle of Iníon Dubh, where the McCains first settled in Ireland|
Iníon Dubh (black haired daughter) or Fionnuala Ní Dhónaill was the mother of Aodh Rua Ó Dónaill. She commanded an army of Clann Chaimbeul Redshanks in the service of the Ó Dónaill clan from 1569 into the early 1600s.
|McKane's Corner Stranorlar, County Donegal|
McKane's Corner is a well known landmark in the Finn Valley. John McKane founded McKane's General Merchants Shop in the late 1800s at the corner of Chapel Street and Main Street in Stranorlar. It was where men gather to discuss the events of the day and have a pipe or three.
Ivar Canning and Donovan McCain at the Aughlish Stone Circles, the Sperrin Mountains, County Derry.
|Barry R McCain|