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Fordyce Osborn

My Grandmother is a McIntyre. Her father is Fernando born in Charleston, Main 26 Aug 1846 his father was Philip born in Orlando, ME 1797 and his father was William born in Springfield, MA USA 1758. I thought we were Scottish but now I think we came from Ireland. I did a DNA on "23 and me" and I am 27% Irish and 25% British. No Scottish blood in me. Can anyone help me trace my family back to the old country?

Rhel McIntyre

Anthony Barrett, how wonderful to have come across your information on the origins of McIntyre. I recently had my DNA done and found I have 3% Norway and knew straight away this had to be with the McIntyre side of my family. I knew from many years ago, long before I started the family tree, that my family in Co. Antrim had come from Argyll and we were related to an Earl of Argyll (my Gt Uncle said Duke), so yesterday (11/08/19), a-googling I went and sure enough, came across a number of sites regarding the origins of McIntyre (MacIntyre) in Kintyre, Argyll and Bute. I narrowed it down that McIntyre's must have come from Sleat on the Isle of Skye as the MacDonalds there had Clan McIntyre in their records. BUT, I did mention to my father and his sisters that it made me wonder though if we had originally come across from Northern Ireland (as we know it today) before settling at Glen Noe, then returning to Co. Antrim where the McIntyre's have been since with an exception - my Gt Grandfather with wife and two sons (one being my Grandfather) emigrated to NZ, but relatives still alive and kicking in Co. Antrim. You have answered my question and I thank you very much for sharing the information. I had read about the DNA marker being found in McDougalls, and MacDonalds of which the McIntyres of Glen Noe were associated with. And, just a few minutes ago, found your book on-line! I shall be getting that! Kind regards Rhel McIntyre


My MCs were in Offaly near Banagher for about 250 years before moving to Dublin and Australia during the famine. There are many McIntyres probably from my family still there. Before then they probably came down from Tyrone and prior to that the DNA trail suggests Donegal. I run the McIntyres of Ireland Facebook page and my own site for more information come and join us.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The McIntyre name can be found in Scotland, but its origin according to DNA is from the north-west coast of the Emerald Island. The McIntyre story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup A1] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The McIntyre surname origin is from a Northern Ui Neill [R1b-L513] tribe. The Cenél Eoghan and the tribes of Donegal conquered much of Ulster (Derry and Tyrone).

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) Cenél Eoghan will expand across northern Ireland with their cousins Cenél Conaill and the Northern Ui Neill between 500-800 BCE. The clans of Finn Valley have the same DNA as people from Gwynedd in Brittany. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The McIntyre story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Scotland as they form part of the Dalriada. Descendants of their tribe will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

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