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Clan MacKillop

In Gaelic the name means 'son of Philip', and members of the clan are said to have been standard-bearers to a branch of the Campbells. Others became septs of the MacDonalds of Glencoe and the MacDonells of Keppoch. The name was also well known in Arran.


Hello Alastair, hope you are well, I've been looking into my family name phillips in scots and Irish Gaelic and found many variations. The mcphillips variation is prominent in Ulster also mckillop which as you know is Scottish. I've seen a place name map on Ulster and mckillop is marked as Scottish along with their sept the mcdonnells who were apparently gallowglasses .the mckillops migrated to the north glens of antrim during the ulster plantation, also their are reports of them migrating to America from Glasgow, which may be a link back to me. Obviously due to the many variations in the phillips name tracing an ancestor is very difficult but I chose mckillop because of my ancestors birthplace. The name mckellips is also named as scots irish. I have found that the variations on the Phillips name have been found mostly in northern Ireland but not in any great numbers. I also found an old ships ledger apparently stating Phillips to America in the 18th century but it could be false, mac phillips maybe but not phillips. According to 23 and me I am related to niall of the nine hostages, 5th century king of Ireland along with millions of others, and that's the reason why Scots and Irish are so closely linked. They say parental haplogroup R-M222 is the link but mine is R-M269 which is apparently related because it's found in large quantities in the highlands of Scotland also Ulster and southern Ireland and wexford, also R--M222 is found in Donegal (20%) which I have ancestors.I  must apologise for the lengthy question but I'm looking for a solid link to the scots/irish, take care, Matt.



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