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KILDUFF Family History

Recorded in several forms including Macildue, Macilduy, Macilduf, MacKilduff and Kilduff, this very interesting and ancient surname is of pre 7th century Gaelic origins. Recorded in both Ireland and Scotland, it suffers from the loss of early history annals in both countries. We know that all spellings derive from Mac Giolla Dhuibh, which translates as 'The son of the black headed one.' This seems an odd name for a castle. Even when shortened to 'The black headed one' it remains an unlikely name to give to the three Kilduff castles or homesteads, of which two are in Scotland at Kinross and East Lothian, and one in Ireland in County Galway...

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