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MCCAIG Family History

Recorded in many spelling forms including MacCaig, MacKaig, McCaig, McKag, McKage, McKague, McKeag and no doubt others, this is a Gaelic surname which can be either Scottish or Irish. It derives from the pre 10th century Mac Thoig, meaning the son of Tadhg, from the early Irish word for a poet or philsopher. The name is mainly found in Scotland in Ayrshire and Galloway, but also exists in Dumfriesshire. It is popular in the County of Galway in Eire, and in its various forms in Ulster. Early examples of the surname recordings include: Andrew McCaig, a follower of the Earl of Darnley (the second husband of Mary Queen of Scots) and who was killed with him in the blowing up of Kirk O'Field in 1567.

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