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My name is Darren McCathern which in the Gaelic tongue is translated as Great Son of the Warriors. I descend from folks from the Highlands & Lowlands and abroad. Take a journey with me into the past and learn about the Celts. Together we will explore the Kingdoms & Empires that have come to pass through the bloodlines of the Ruling Elite. -Enjoy! ***
Throughout the centuries time has given way to some of the most interesting histories, among those that are closest to my heart, Alba is my favorite.
My Scotsman roots run very deep, so deep in fact that they go directly to the original people called the Picts. My direct descent from the chiefs at Dalraida to Kenneth MacAlpin (31st Great Grandfather) embodies the very essence of Alba. The father of the famous leader was Alpin of Scotia, his mother was a Princess.
From old times these Picts, which means "Painted Men", were a brave bunch who repelled the Roman Empire to such an extent that the invaders left what they called Caledonia to someone else to try and conquer.
To say that the Italians feared the Painted Men is an understatement, they in fact built a wall to keep them out and prevent the inhabitants from entering their Empire.
This wall did not in fact do what it was supposed to do, however it did settle things down enough to allow the Romans to build forts south of the wall some miles away.
The Pictish tribes were almost always in a constant state of war, this was due mostly because of the invaders looting and wreaking havoc across the country. It seems that everywhere they went, burning and death were the result.
I have thus far been able to trace my direct lineage to the year 235 to a Celtic ruler by the name of Fiacha Srabhteine (47th Great Grandfather), not much is known about him except he was indeed a leader of this great place.
Interestingly enough, his wife Aiofe was the daughter of Old Coel.
Around 500 A.D. warriors that were led by Fergus Mor McErc The Great (42nd Great Grandfather) arrived and started the Kingdom of Dalriada. At this time the country was under the reign of the Irish. After this invasion, the Scotch Nation begins to take root, being established from the descendants of the rulers of Eire, followed by a long line of Christian leaders!
The Gospel was brought to Alba almost from the beginning of the dispensation of the Apostles of Christ. St. Andrew, the brother of St. Peter, was among the first to preach the Word of the Lord in Europe, and according to tradition, he established the faith quite early.
It is accepted by most biblical scholars that Caledonia was among the earliest of places that converted, this was done almost overnight! As a result of the spreading of the Gospel among the Scots, Ireland quickly ceased to rule since at this time, there was a Druid on the throne of who apparently persecuted the new disciples, therefore over time it caused a split between the two.
This branch is the most renowned, as all of the successive leaders of the country are descended from this root. Later, when the Normans arrived and their kingdoms were set up, they married into these houses, thus making their decendants of noble lineage as well.
The line from which I am descended also intertwines with the English through Malcolm III's wife Princess Margaret (24th Great Grandparents), whose Grandfather was Edmund II "Ironside".
It is no surprise that Edmund II "Ironside", traced his lineage directly from the Welsh.
The Daughter of Malcolm III whose name was Matilda married Henri I "Beauclerc" (23rd Great Grandparents). Their daughter Princess Elizabeth married Fergus Lord Of Galloway.
Henry II Henry III
(21st Great Grandfather) (19th Great Grandfather)
On my Mother's side I descend from the Rulers of Britain through the Plantagenets, so within my own generation in recent times we have a union between these two branches.
As a result of these connections, it works out that Edward III was in fact my 16th Great Grandfather.
Another interesting note is that President Bush is of the same branch of Bulkeley as my mom is descended from, so he is in fact my cousin.
My Grandpa and the elder President Bush share the same 10th Great Grandfather.
The Bush's descend from Joan of Acre daughter of Edward I.
This in fact brings me three generations closer to this dynasty.
Another interesting fact is that Edward IV married my 14th Great Grandmother Elizabeth Wydeville ascending the throne on May 26, 1465.
They in turn had a son Edward V who was 12 years old when his father died, so he became enthroned for one month in the year 1483 just before he was exiled by his uncle Richard III.
Richard was also in turn later exiled by Henry VII.
In these days there was a war between the Wydevilles and the Tudors. Edward VI, whom was the brother of future Queens Mary & Elizabeth I, was in fact a minor and due to his failing health from tuberculosis, his protector the Duke of Northumberland made provision for continuing protestant rule by having his own son Lord Dudley marry Lady Jane Grey.
As a result, Edward accepted Lady Jane as his heir to the throne.
Because Jane Grey was a Protestant, Princess Mary whom was a devout Catholic seized the throne by military force after Lady Jane was enthroned for only nine days and executed all the kinfolk, thus bringing to pass the rule of the House of Tudor by the simple means of killing all of the legitimate heirs.
As a result of this treachery, citizens were then forced to follow the "Religion of the Queen" and she enacted "Heresy Laws" that in effect said, that to practice a religion other than that of herself as the sovereign was an act of defiance and disloyalty and anyone whom did so was guilty of treason.
This included well loved Bishops and Clergy among the non-catholics. Over 300 were burned in three years as a result of her imposing her religion!
Meanwhile.. Back to Alba...
The descendants of Malcolm often were embittered with each other over the succession of the throne, this resulted in a feud between Robert The Bruce "The Competitor" and John Bailiol whom Sir William Wallace died supporting as the rightful heir.
These branches were embroiled in battle with each other for centuries. Edward Longshanks stole and removed the Stone of Scone (Lia Fail) in 1296 on which all of the monarchs were crowned except Robert The Bruce, this was done so that no future heirs would be crowned upon it.
In 1996, Prime Minister John Major returned the Stone of Scone as a gesture of goodwill. In 1999, the country set up a new Parliment to govern for the first time in over three centuries.
The Kingdom of Jerusalem was created in 1098 when the first crusaders captured the city and elected Godfrei Duke of Loraine as their leader. (23rd Great Grandfather).
The Crusaders held control of the holy land for 193 years until the year 1291 when the muslims took the city. This is quite amazing considering that this was quite a bit longer than Babylon had control of the region before it was liberated by the Persians.
The Scots and the French Baronies are closely intertwined by reason of circumstance.
This is one of the main reasons that these two were considered allies, and would often come to each other's defense against common enemies.
Time has proven that the English apparently were not nearly as forthcoming as these two realms in sending their Knights to fight during these times.
Britain during these times in fact was being reprimanded by Rome to cease squandering their resources in fighting their neighbors and to instead concentrate their attention to the spreading of the Christian Faith in the Holy Land.
France & Alba have a unique background together. It is important when tracing ancestry to keep this in mind so one does not become confused. Many of the Barons did indeed come directly from Normandy and many of the Clans trace their first Chiefs to the province.