Grimmet, Straiton, Ayrshire?

While browsing Ancestry hints, I came across a story about DNA discoveries and my Scots-Irish ancestors.

In the past I’ve posted about my 3X great-grandmother, Elizabeth McKlveen, who was supposedly born in Ireland in about 1792. (McKlveen is mostly an Americanized spelling of the surname. Other variations include McIlvain/McIlvaine, McIlwain/McIlwaine, McIlveen/McIlvean and others.)

I certainly didn’t expect to find DNA evidence on, but a snippet of an article had been posted in April 2017 and attached to the Ancestry profile of Elizabeth’s father, Henry McKlveen.

The complete article I found when I googled is entitled “Discoveries in Genetic Genealogy – 2014 and 2015.” Scholarly and well above my level of understanding, the article is part of Allan Milliken’s Genealogical Home Page found at:

Here’s the paragraph that grabbed my attention:

Another important discovery was reported on 13 January 2014, when Iain (Kennedy) identified A-1774/5, a new subclade downstream of A224/225. It was found between two surnames long associated with the southwest of Scotland, McIlveen (223269) and Kennedy (N118456), and both surnames have a strong attachment to Ayrshire. The Mcilvains or Mcilveens of Grimmet in the parish of Straiton are a well established family with a history that can be traced back to the 1400s in Ayrshire and like many Scots, many of their descendants settled in Ireland in the 1600s…

The article goes on to connect DNA, surnames and geography. “Very interesting,” as Arte Johnson used to say.

Could it be? Might my long-ago McKlveen ancestors have lived in Grimmet, Straiton, Ayrshire?

Even-earlier versions of this Grimmet surname may have been M’ylveyne/Macilmeyn. How intriguing!


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