I belong to the ancient Clan
The Clan takes it's name from
an ancient Scottish Islander/Highlander named Alasdair Mor who lived in
the 13th century. His Father was the famous Donald of the Isles
(from whom the Clan Donald take their name), and his great-Grandfather was
the famous Somerled, King of the Isles.
Alasdair Mor grew up on the
Isles of Scotland most likely, and later became a reputable "Galloglach"
warrior who fought in Ireland according to the records. He is said
to have been an honorable man, and received an entry in the Irish annals
stating such, "for his feats of arms... and hospitality."
In fact, he died in battle with "his people," in the year 1299.
The exact cause of the conflict is not known, but he died in battle as an
old man against a close relation to his own Clan.
He was a warrior, and had a
kind heart from what is known of him, and I'm definately proud to be a
So far I can trace my
McCallister line to Virginia, where my great (x 5) Grandfather shows up at
about 1750. I don't know what part of Scotland, or Ireland he came
from to get here (most likely he came from one of the two), or if it was
his father before him. The effects of what was happening in Scotland
at the time could no doubt be a cause for the migration. His son
Joseph is born about 1780, and a family note states he served in the war
of 1812. I'd love to have more stories about my ancestor's
to tell so I'll keep looking.
Thanks for taking the time to
read this "book."