ORIGINS OF THE McCARTNEY SURNAME  

The following is a summary of the history of the McCartney families from the book "The Surname Macartney or McCartney" by John F McCartney

     The McCartneys are a branch of the great family of McCarthy Mor of Munster, who were Kings of Cork and Princes of Desmond. The fifth son of Cormac Fionn d.1248 was Donogh Cartnach who is the ancestor of the McCartneys. Donough Cartnach left 2 sons, the eldest Donal joined Edward Bruce (King of Ireland), {brother of Robert the Bruce (King of Scotland)}. For serving under Robert the Bruce's standard, Donal received a grant of land in Argylleshire, called 'Glen Artney' (Grid 56.22 degrees North 4.0 degrees West) from the King of Scotland.

     Some of Donal's descendants later moved to Galloway and settled in Auchinleck in Kircudbright, Scoltand. In Auchinleck in 1522 a George Macartney married Margaret McCulloch. Their grandson, Bartholomew McCartney had one child, George Macartney b.1626. This George Macartney emigrated to Ulster from Scotland. He is the original ancestor of many of the families of Macartney in Ulster and Ireland. he bought the property of Lissanoure in 1649 near Cloughmills Co. Antrim.

Copies of the book should still be available from:

John F McCartney

115 Highmoor Road

Eglinton

Co. Londonderry

Northern Ireland

Thanks to Alistair McCartney for this information

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