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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists. These tests help genealogists verify their paternal ancestry (father's father) in a quick and easy way. It saves time, prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can be obtained in no other way.
All spellings of the name come from the Gaelic MacDhiarmaid, 'son of Dermaid', who is one of St Columba's attendants, son of a king of the Scots, and a Celtic hero. The MacDiarmids claimed to be the oldest inhabitants of Glenlyon, and many of them enlisted in the company raised by the Duke of Atholl in 1706. There is a strong representation in Argyll. electricscotland.com/webclans/m/macdiar2
The name has a number of spellings all meaning ‘Son of Diarmid’.
It is reckoned to be the name of one of the earliest tribes inhabiting Glenlyon, in Perthshire. As Glenlyon became a holding of the Campbells of Glenorchy, its inclusion as a Campbell sept seems appropriate.
According to the Rev. William A. Gillies, (69) (Gillies, In Famed Breadalbane, 360.) there were three branches of the MacDiarmids in Perthshire; the ‘Royal’ MacDiarmids who had the right of burial in Cladh Dobhi, Morenish; the Dubh-bhusach (‘Black -lipped) MacDiarmids and the Craiganie MacDiarmids who went by the name of the ‘Baron MacDiarmids’ www.ccsna.org/septs
DNA testing can be far more cost effective than traditional paper-trail genealogy. Employing a genealogy researcher, or buying copies of ancient documents can be quite expensive, and at times unrewarding.
DNA testing can confirm the validity of paper records and family anecdotal evidence.
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