Timeline: McA/I/Ninch Events in 1600’s, 1700’s, and 1800’s in (northern) Ireland 



[~500 BCE] Celts arrived in Britain and Ireland around 500 BCE






[ca.400] Niall (with the Nine Hostages), Irish king, ancestor of the Uí Néill clan






The channel separating Ulster, (northern) Ireland from Scotland is as narrow as



20 miles across in some places, and that there has been a lot of channel-crossing



down through the centuries, in both directions. Some historians believe that all



Scottish Highlanders descend from Celtic tribes which crossed from the island



of Ireland to the islands and highlands of Scotland, circa 500 AD






Dal Riata / Dalriada, Gaelic kingdom in northern Ireland and the western coast



of Scotland (then Pict-land, roughly what is now Argyll, Bute and Lochaber); 



Cairbre Riada's kingdom was centered at ancient Dunseverick Castle, Antrim, 



on a great rock, and the strongest defensive position of Ireland's northern coast.






Angus, born at Dunseverick Castle, direct descendant of Cairbre Riada, was



one of three ‘Scotti’ (with Fergus and Lorne) who went north to settle Scottland.



Gaelic: Angus, Aonghias, Oengus, Cenel nOengusa (‘clan’, the people of Angus);



‘Aonghais’, the Gaelic name, sounds out to be Innes, so ‘Mac Innes’ refers to the



‘people of Angus’ (descendants, dependent allies, tenants) (‘Clan MacInnes’).






The male Y-DNA R-M222 Haplogroup (SNP) is associated with many people



with roots in the counties of Northwest Ireland, Ulster and Lowland Scotland.






Henry II, King of England, landed heavily-armed Norman-English barons and 



troops at Wexford in 1169, and began the conquest of Ireland, and English rule






Variations of our McA/I/Ninch surnames are found only at the northern edge of



the island of Ireland, directly across the water (about 20-30 miles) from Scotland,



in County Antrim and County Londonderry, in the coastal bog country around



Coleraine, where the River Bann runs north to the sea, and east, along the north



coast of County Antrim, directly opposite Scotland (Bushmills, Glenarm, Larne.






James VI of Scotland becomes King James I of England, Scotland, and Ireland



after the death of Elizabeth I, uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.





McAninch Family History NL v.XXI n.3 / July 2013 / Copyright Frank McAninch / page 2013-20


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