I Am a Celtic - I Think

I recently gathered information on my celtic roots which included a trip to the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.  I stopped in at Seallam, the geneology centre on isle of Harris. To my surprise they had my entire family history back about 225 years (nothing in writing before that).  In true highland practise my forebearers bailed from Lewis as quick as they could.  Either they joined the military or the merchant marine. Some, like my father and uncle, got an education sacrificing a lot to do so when in Edinburgh. One and engineer the other a surgeon - both of some reknown in later years.

Sadly I found out one of my grandfather's brothers also emigrated to the colonies and lived and died within 100 miles of us - unknown to us.

But the surprise for me was when my uncle and I reviewed the photos of my Lewis trip he suddenly said "... do you know our first language was gaighlig.  We also determined our roots were a mix of viking and celt... right from Ness, Lewis.  Image = viking playing bagpipes.

Being on Lewis one gets used to being alone - it is a very desolate island. Which may explain why I prefer being alone in a quiet place - Lewis is that.  I suddenly realised my roots - heritage.


mungo44 mungo44
61-65, M
2 Responses Mar 13, 2009

My grandmothers name was Wallace.We McMahons are all part Scot as one of Colla na Tri married Alecia,Queen of Scotland.But Im mostly Irish.

That's a great story