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Title: DNA Project Beginning to Show Results
Posted by: Young Bachuil
Date: 03 November 2004

In Clans, Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands, Chapter IV there is a section on Clan Buchanan Septs.  The second grouping is:

‘Donleavy, Mackinlay, etc – There appears to be more than an ordinary amount of confusion with regard to the clan origin of the name Mackinlay and of the various forms in which the name is found (Donleavy, Finlay etc).  It may, therefore be as well to pint out that the above names are derived from various sources, viz:

a) The descendents of Findla Mor (Farquharson of Braemar), who lived in the 16th Century.  Those of his descendents who went to the lowlands changed their name to Finlay, Findlay, Findlayson and Mackinlay.
b) The Finlaysons of MacFhionnlaighs of Lochalsh and Kintail, who were descended from the Farquharsons.
c) The Mac-an Leighs, or Maclays, or MacLeays, or Livingstones who were followers of the Stewarts of Appin(!?!)'


also came across this

In some instances, LEAVY may be abbreviated form of DUNLEAVY which is an angelized form of "Mac Duinnshleibhe" meaning "son of Duinnshleibhe", from "Donn" meaning "brown" and "sliabh" meaning "mountain".  A royal family of Ulidia bore this name until the twelfth century.  However, this family was defeated by John de Courcy in 1177 and never regained strength, although their chief was officially styled Rex Hibernicorum Ultoniae in 1273.  After their defeat, they migrated to Donegal were they became hereditary physicians to the O'Donnel's and one branch went to Scotland where their decendants are known as DUNLOP and DUNLIEF.  In 1395, the Four Masters called the then Chief Physician of Donegal, Paul Ultach.  Cormac MacDunlevy, one of the hereditary physicians, was a man of importance in the fifteenth century  because of his translations of Gaulterus and other medical works into Irish.  In the eighteenth century, Rev. Andrew Donlevy, who was Superior of the Irish College in Paris from 1728 to 1746, compiled a catechism in Irish.  Fr. Christopher Dunlevy was martyred in 1644.

and this

Francis John Byrne, in his book Irish Kings and High-Kings (B.T. Batsford London 1973), at pages 127 and 128, discusses the tendency of Irish surnames in the 11th century to split between the "noble" and "non-noble" branch of a family. "In the eleventh century family surnames became common among the royal septs in Ireland. These probably originated in a desire to distinguish the rigdamnai from remoter relatives. Thus in Ulster not merely the sons and grandsons of Eochaid mac Ardgail, but also his later descendants took the name Mac Eochada or Ua hEochada (MacCaughey, Haughey, Hoey).
"Of course, after some generations, even the surname failed to serve its original purpose. So for instance when after 1137 the Dal Fiatach kingship was confined to the descendants of Donn Sleibe Mac Eochada (slain in 1091), the rigdamnai set themselves apart from the rest of the family by using the name Mac Duinnshleibhe (Donleavy)."

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