This is sort of inspired by the heritage thread that was posted about a week ago. However, this one doesn't have as much room for anyone to say anything at the expense of another nationality, so hopefully it will be a little more productive. Post as detailed (or as basic) history of your family as you want. I'll be interested to see how far back some of you can go I suppose I might as well post mine, as far as I know it, to encourage others to do the same. The earliest known ancestor whose existence is supported by more than one account is GilleMaoldònaich mac Donnchadh, who was part of an Irish crew that sailed to Connacht to collect the dowry of the new bride of Domhnall I, King of the Hebrides, in 1249. He was a relation to the O'Cahans of Limavady, and moved to Islay when they married into the Macdonald dynasty, although he acquired a small tack on the island of Cairn na Burgh Mor. He apparently had three children, one male and two female, whose names were not recorded. They continuously inhabited the tack for four generations, upon which, by Gaelic law, it became theirs by right. They changed hands only briefly during Domhnall II's suppression of revolt in the early 1390s, when he revoked any claim to the titles to destabilise the lands of Clan Maclean, who were the main power in the region. They then followed Domhnall's general, Eachuinn Ruadh nan Cath, on his raid on Dublin, and then on another raid on England in 1401, and were also obliged to appear at the Battle of Harlaw in 1411, under the leadership of Fionn Ban, before the tack was returned to their possession. Fionn Ban's son, Diarmaid, then held the tack, and acquired lands and rights to hunt the waters surrounding Rockall, and then the family line passes through his son, Domhnall, then Raghnaill, then Fearghas, then Uilleam. It was taken from them in the rebellion of Aonghas Og in 1490, and, following his murder and the subsequent collapse of the Lordship, they were forced out by the Macleans. They made their way to the coast of Ross, although further Macdonald raids on the province led to them being driven north, into Sutherland, where they apparently stayed, without being mentioned in the history books.