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Great to see Macnab Tartan at World Pipe Band Championships. There were 8,000 pipers playing all at once! ... See MoreSee Less

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Great privilege to attend World Pipe Band Championships with Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop and Visit Scotland today. Good to see Dollar Academy Pipe Band look so smart in Macnab Tartan. ... See MoreSee Less

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It was great to meet John Daly and his son John Leonard Daly from Tennessee at the Killin Highland Games last week. John was born a McNabb but changed his surname to Daly which is the surname of his adoptive parents.

The two John's had the full Macnab experience in Killin including carrying a boat (admittedly a toy boat) over the hills from Loch Tay to Loch Earn. They say they would not have been up to sacking a castle when they got there!

We welcome them into our clan and hope that one of them will participate in our DNA project.
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We are finally having some results come in that begin.....just begin, mind you....to tell us something.

DF McNab is a known descendant of the cadet house of Innishewan. The exact point in time where the Innishewans 'came off' from the main line of the Chiefs is not known. At the latest, it could have been circa 1500, but most likely it was 1300 or much earlier. DF's results (at 37 markers) suggest a 45% chance that he and Jamie Macnab of Macnab share a common direct-line male ancestor within 24 generations (about 720 years, so around 1300). So we can say this result, while not conclusive of anything, is consistent with the history we have.

DF's closest matches are with GJ (71% probability they have a direct line male ancestor in common in the past 240 years; 99.8% probability they share one in the past 720 years - GJ lists his earliest known male ancestor as a James McNab); V (at 75%); and a McGregor (at 72%).

Jamie, our chief, has no really close matches at all - not just within our group but with all testers with FTDNA. Within our group, his closest match at 37 markers is also with McGregor (78% within 24 generations); V (at 61%) and then with both K and DF (45%) with M just behind (at 44%).

K and V show clear evidence of being related, with a 58% chance they share a common direct-line male ancestor within 4 generations, and a 99% chance they share one within 16 generations. (I've just confirmed that V's gggg-uncle is K's ancestor - awaiting further details!)

We have an Abbott who has joined the project because his family lore is that his ancestors were once Macnabs, but changed their name on coming to America. While he doesn't show any close connections, his results at 37 markers suggest about a 45% chance he shares a direct-line male ancestor within 24 generations with M and DF, and with McGregor.

A. McNab comes from a line of McNabs who believe they may have no blood connection with the main body of the clan, being descended from a different abbot altogether from the Forfar area. Results are inconclusive, but do show an approximately 65% probability of sharing a direct-line male ancestor with GJ and V within 24 generations.

It is important to stress here that these are yDNA results - meaning they tell us only about the DNA of each individual's father's father's father's.....etc. So these probable male ancestors in common can ONLY be Macnabs....which makes all of this incredibly exciting and incredibly relevant.

We hope to have results soon from a known Acharn descendant, and I'm working on Barravorich, Barrachastalain, and the French McNab line. We NEED to get as many McNabs as possible to test - the more results we have, the more we'll learn!

Please see earlier post on this page for details on how to join the project; if you have questions after reading that post, feel free to email me at macnabhistory@gmail.com

Loraine Smith
Shennachie to the Chief of Clan Macnab
July 31, 2016
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Some excellent photos from the Greenville Highland Games; please share yours if you have more to add! ... See MoreSee Less

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Clan MacNab – Message from the chief

Welcome to clan-Macnab.com which is the official web site for the Macnabs in Scotland. The objective of this web site is to connect Macnabs from all over the world with each other and to give them a link to where they originate from in Scotland.

We hope that you find this site interesting and that you will contribute to it by sending in your own Macnab stories and photographs to be shared with your extended family.

We will also be using this site to promote clan gatherings and events. There will be a Macnab Gathering at the Killin Highland Games on Wednesday 6th August 2014. Lanny and Joseph McNab from the US will be leading a party of Clansmen to Scotland and we extend an open invitation to all Macnabs to attend.

If you are interested in the clan please do register your details on this site (there is no charge) and we can then email you to keep you up to date. Please also join us on Facebook and Twitter and contribute to our blog.

I hope to make contact with you in person through this web site and to meet you in person at Killin.

Yours Aye

Jamie Macnab of Macnab

24th Chief of Clan Macnab

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