The name Scullion, or "O Scollain"
in Irish, is also rendered Scullin, Scullane and even Skoolin, and
occurs both with and without the preceding "O".
Sometimes confused with Scallan, this
name is of distinct origin, and in no way associated with that Leinster
name. Scullion belongs to Ulster, in particular county Derry, where the
parish of Ballyscullion attests to the traditional homeland of the
family at the northern tip of Lough Neagh, along the banks of the Bann.
The name has also occasionally been changed to Scully, another Leinster
The Scullions held the position of Co-arb
or "erenagh" to Ballyscullion, meaning that in eleventh and
12th centuries, the family would have provided an hereditary abbott to
head the monastery or church there. In later years they would continue
to lay claim to certain lands and rights based on this hereditary
tenure, though they were no longer directly associated with any
There was a James Scullion born in Derry
in 1826 who was a butcher / journeyman married to Elizabeth McDonald
with children Jane, Williamina, Patrick, William and Thomas.
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