Saturday, December 16, 2017

Finding the McCains: Kindle Edition

A few photographs from the Kindle version of Finding the McCains

Ian McKean & Ivan Knox, two of my Donegal cousins
standing in from of Ian's impressive home near Porthall

Finding the McCains: A Scots Irish OdysseyKindle Edition  $9.99 available on Amazon.  

The story of an Irish family that left for the New World in 1718 and one descendant who returned to Ireland reunited the family after three centuries of separation. A biography, a history, a travelogue, a mystery solved using DNA testing. In Time For Christmas!!! Available on Amazon!

McKane's Corner in Stranorlar, Donegal

Loughcrew Co Meath, where I had my encounter with the Sí (the Faery folk)

Barry R McCain attaching a ribbion to a Faery Tree
the Faery Tree, Fore Abbey, West Meath
the mountains in Arkansas, where I first heard stories of the Jackros (Irish Faeries that migrated to the New World with the settlers from Ireland) grandmother

'Finding the McCains,' is an account of one Mississippi McCain’s 40 year odyssey to find his family in Ireland. Senator John McCain and his cousin, novelist Elizabethan Spencer, both include a short history of the Mississippi McCain family in their respective memoirs 'Faith of our Fathers' and 'Landscapes of the Heart.' This history is a romantic tale of Highland Scots who supported Mary Queen of Scots and who fled to Ireland after her downfall in 1568. The search for the McCains became a mystery story with clues, false turns, many adventures, and then ultimate success through Y chromosome DNA testing. In 2008 the McCains were reunited with their family that remained in Ireland, after 289 years of separation.

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.

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