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McKinley Family History

Recorded as McKinlay and McKinley, this is a surname of early medieval Gaelic origins. It may be either Irish or Scottish and derives from the pre 10th century name Mac Fhionnlaigh, meaning the son of the white skinned warrior from "fionn", meaning fair or white skinned, and "laoch", a warrior. It is therefore probably an ethnic name for a Norseman. Over the centuries the surname under went considerable development including: such spellings as Makkinla (1528); Macinle (1605); M'keandlay (1627); M'Finlay (1663); and McIndlay (1667).

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Douglas Mckinlay

Trying to find out as much as possible back from James McKinley bn 1831 Rosserk Robert ? McKinley marries Mary McKinley (1717-1804), died Rosserk They have the following children John McKinley Thomas McKinley Robert McKinley George McKinley Thomas McKinley (my GGGG grandfather) of Rosserk marries Jane McKinley (1752-1817), they have a son Thomas McKinley (my GGG grandfather) who marries in 1823 to Elizabeth Gardiner ? (Lyster?), both of Rosserk and they have the following children Thomas McKinley is born 1824 Rosserk John McKinley is born 1827 Rosserk William McKinley is born 1829 Rosserk James McKinley (my GG grandfather) is born 1831 Rosserk George McKinley is born 1837 in Leaffony, Sligo Rebecca McKinley married a Boland of Sligo Elizabeth (Lizzie) married a Boyd of Sligo James McKinley marries Margaret McCleary bn 1836 in 16/03/1854 in the Church of Killanley County Sligo and have the following children in Ireland then move to Scotland at some point Annie bn 1862 married Johnston James (my G grandfather) bn 1872 ? Marion married Brown (this is only a possible) Thomas bn unknown as yet George bn unknown as yet James McKinlay married Helen Russell bn 1869 in Hamilton on 27/08/1896 and had the following children Richard McKinlay Bn 1897 Jane McKinlay bn 1899 married to Kincaid Margaret McKinlay bn 1901 married to Glespie or Gillespie Duncan McKinlay (my grandfather) bn 14/01/1903 Hamilton, Scotland Marion McKinlay bn 1906 married Ozard Duncan McKinlay married Margaret Clark bn 1902 in Cambuslang on 21/03/1931 and had the following children Margaret McKinlay bn 03/05/1931 married Mungall James McKinlay bn 03/07/1933 Ellen McKinlay bn 01/03/1936 married Prentice Hugh McKinlay bn 17/06/1938 Duncan McKinlay (my father) bn 08/07/1939 Christine McKinlay bn 15/08/1944 married Jenkins Thanks in anticipation for any help or meeting any as we say in Scotland cuddy connections (distant relatives).

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