Speaker Contact

Barry R McCain is a writer, researcher, and speaker, living in Oxford, Mississippi. He has a degree in history from Ole Miss and has been researching his family's genealogy for over 40 years.  He has travelled extensively in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland, and is a Gaelic speaker. He is the administrator of the Ulster Heritage DNA Project, the Scots-Irish DNA project, and the Mid Argyll Group DNA project.

His talks are on Ulster, West Highland and Scots-Irish, history and genetic genealogy. His sessions range from an hour to workshops for festivals, Highland or Irish Games, etc. His talks appeal to a wide variety of audiences with varying interests and levels of understanding. Topics include how to set up a Y-DNA project, how to analyze kinship match groups, and  historical topics.

Media and Speaking Engagements:

  • April 2015  Memphis TN Scottish Society, Book signing and talk.
  • Speaker Ulster American Heritage Symposium (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia), June 2014.
  • June 2012, Speaker Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Omagh, County Tyrone, N Ireland.
  • December 2010, BBC program Kist o Wurds Program, BBC Northern Ireland, December.
  • July 2008, Presenter at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Omagh, County Tyrone, N Ireland.
  • July 2006, Presenter at the Ulster American Heritage Symposium, Knoxville TN.
  • December 2005, Traveller’s Way album, producer and performer.
  • October 2005-With the Oak Ridge Boys, Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Oxford MS.
  • September 2004, Sin É program, Dublin, Ireland.
  • 2002-2005- Music on the Old Natchez Trace,  Interpretive talks and concerts for The National Park Service, Natchez Trace Visitor’s Centre, Tupelo Mississippi.
  • October 2004, The Country Céili Show, with Tommy Sands.
  • October 2003, Samhain, A radio program on the Celtic traditions of Halloween, The Museum Matter’s Program, broadcast on WNAU, New Albany MS..


Published work:

  • Finding the McCains, a Scots-Irish Odyssey; ISBN 978-0-9855876-4-2, March 2015.
  • The Laggan Redshanks, The Highland Scots in West Ulster, 1569-1630; ISBN 978-0-9855876-2-8, Ulster Heritage Publishing; July 2012.
  • Fall 2010, Treasure Each Voice, 400 years of English, Irish, and Ulster Scots from Stranorlar, co author
  • Fall 2009, The Scots-Irish, The Rest of the Story, Highlander Magazine
  • Ulster Heritage Magazine, lead writer and editor, 2008-2014
  • McCain’s Corner, monthly column, Finn Valley Voice, Ballybofey, County Donegal, Ireland, 2008
  • The Trouble With McCain, Nov/Dec 2007, The Highlander Magazine
  • The McCain DNA Project, the Electric Scotland internet magazine, 2005
  • The McCain DNA Project, The Family Tree Magazine, Feb 2004
  • The Irish McDonnells, March/April 1995 By Land By Sea Magazine.
  • The Stranger Gael, Sept/Oct 1993 The Highlander Magazine
  • The Bodachan, Nov/Dec 1993 The Highlander Magazine
  • The Gallóglaigh Jan/Feb 1994 The Highlander Magazine


Lynn Massie said...

I am just wondering Barry if you can tell me the date Sarah passed in 1962. There may be a link here. I've just always thought I was weird. A seer.

Lynn Massie said...

Hello Barry, Can you please tell me the date Sarah passed in 1962, There may be a link here. I am a seer.