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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 name.

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 ecclesiastic establishment.

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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