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Members of Clan Doyle/Clann O DubhGhaill ("Dubh-Ghaill" ... pronounced "Du-Gall") take their family surname from the Irish Gaelic words meaning "Dark/Evil foreigner"; and this is just what the indigenous Celts called the Danish Vikings who started settling in Ireland and Scotland more than 1,100 years ago.

The Doyle's & McDowell's are descendants of the Vikings, who settled along the seacoast in pre-Norman times; and in fact the Doyle's are and were always more numerous in areas adjacent to the sea coast, which tends to confirm this view. DubhGall, it may be mentioned, is the word used in early times to denote a Norseman or a Scandinavian. One authority, however, Rev. John Francis Shearman, asserts that the eponymous ancestor of the east Leinster Doyles was DubhGilla (a Norseman), son of Bruadar, King of Idrone (county Carlow), in the year 851. DubhGhall son of Amhlaibh (=Olaf), Prince of Leinster, was slain at the Battle of Clontarf, and Eoghan O DubhGaill is recorded in Waterford in 1291.

As DubhGhaill, the name appears in the "Annals of the Four Masters" at various dates between 978 and 1013. However, it does not appear in works concerned with Irish Genealogy, since the founder of the family is thought to be descended from a Norseman who came to Ireland raiding and then settled, before the Anglo-Norman invasions. The Doyles organized themselves exactly like the other Irish clans. Their war-cry "Killole Abu", refers to a hill of that name, near the present town of Arklow, where they assembled for war.

The Doyle and McDowell names (and in days gone by, O’Doyle) stand high in the list of Irish surnames arranged in order of numerical strength, holding twelfth place in Ireland. Though now widely distributed it was always most closely associated with the counties of southeast Leinster (Wicklow, Wexford, and Carlow) and Tipperary in which it is chiefly found today. Of course, the Doyles and O’Doyles are also prominent in and around other Viking settlements in Ireland such as Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Donegal. In the records of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries this name also appears prominently in these same areas. However, the Dowells & McDowells are most common in Roscommon and Ulster.

Following the failure of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1690 many Doyles & McDowells fled into exile with the "Wild Geese", and took up arms against England in the service of France, Spain, and Austria. (There were 15 Irish regiments in the French Army alone.)

The Doyles & McDowells have a long and illustrious history from medieval times to the present day; they have been prominent in the military*, the church, commerce, agriculture, engineering works, arts, and sport. In fact, the first bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin was constructed by a Doyle.

It sometimes is claimed that the Doyles & McDowells are an offshoot of the great Decies sept of O’Phelan.

*from the 17th century on they were numerous in the armies of Europe and later Britain, where at one time there were six Doyles from Kilkenny all with the rank of Major General.

(A history of the Doyle & McDowell Clan is currently being prepared for future publication.)

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"Fortitudine Vincit"

"He conquers by fortitude"

The stag’s head portrayed on the shield of the Clan’s cot of Arms is regarded as a symbol of Valor, Keenness, Permanence and Endurance. Despite the ravages of man and time, this prince of animals is still a strong force in the mountains of Wicklow.

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The tartan for County Wexford.

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Very nice, Larry! (Noting this was not a Campbell thing...:D )

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Here is a little more Clan Doyle info, Some of it may be repeated from my first post.

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The names Doyle (and in days gone by, O’Doyle) stand high in the list of Irish surnames arranged in order of numerical strength, holding twelfth place in Ireland. Though now widely distributed it was always most closely associated with the counties of southeast Leinster (Wicklow, Wexford, and Carlow) in which it is chiefly found today. Of course, the Doyles and O’Doyles are also prominent in and around other Viking settlements in Ireland such as Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, Galway, and Donegal. In the records of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries this name also appears prominently in these same areas. However, the Dowells & McDowells are most common in Roscommon and Ulster, where they first settled in the 1200's.

The Doyle's are descendants of the Vikings, who settled along the seacoast in pre-Norman times; and in fact the Doyle's are and where always more numerous in areas adjacent to the sea coast, which tends to confirm this view. DubhGall, it may be mentioned, is the word used in early times to denote a Norseman or a Scandinavian. One authority, however, Rev. John Francis Shearman, asserts that the eponymous ancestor of the east Leinster Doyles was DubhGilla (a Norseman), son of Bruadar, King of Idrone (county Carlow), in the year 851. DubhGhall son of Amhlaibh (=Olaf), Prince of Leinster, was slain at the Battle of Clontarf, and Eoghan O DubhGaill is recorded in Waterford in 1291.

As DubhGhaill the name appears in the "Annals of the Four Masters" at various dates between 978 and 1013. However, it does not appear in works concerned with Irish Genealogy, since the founder of the family is thought to be descended from a Norseman who came to Ireland raiding and then settled, before the Anglo-Norman invasions.

The Doyles organised themselves exactly like the other Irish clans. Their war-cry "Killole Abu", refers to a hill of that name, near the present town of Arklow, where they assembled for war.

It is sometimes also claimed that the Doyles are an offshoot of the great Decies sept of O’Phelan.

The McDowell family in Ireland are our “cousins”, and are descended from the Danish Vikings who settled in Argyll and the Western Islands of Scotland. Their great ancestor was Somerled (a Viking word meaning “summer warrior”) , he was the master of Argyll (on the west coast of Scotland) and he was killed in battle against the Scots in 1164. (Argyll and the Western Isles were not ceeded to Scotland by the King of Norway until 1266.) A branch of this family settled in Ireland in the 1240’s. Initially they served as “galloglass” (professional mercenary soldiers) for the O’Conor Clans in the Province of Connacht. For the next 300 years or so, the McDowells are recorded in various ancient Irish records as professional soldiers, serving a number of different Irish Warlords in various parts of Ireland.

Following the failure of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1690 many Doyles fled into exile with the "Wild Geese", and took up arms against England in the service of France, Spain, and Austria. (There were 15 Irish regiments in the French Army alone.)

The Doyles have a long and illustrious history from medieval times to the present day; they have been prominent in the military*, the church, commerce, agriculture, engineering works, arts, and sport.

*from the 17th century on they were numerous in the armies of Europe and later Britain, where at one time there were six Doyles from Kilkenny all with the rank of Major General.

The stag’s head portrayed on the shields of those Doyle men who have been granted heraldic Arms is regarded as a symbol of Valour, Keenness, Permanence and Endurance. Despite the ravages of man and time, this prince of animals is still a strong force in the mountains of Wicklow.

(A history book on the Doyle Clan is currently being prepared for future publication.)

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Good stuff there Larry, I'm gonna start calling you The Professor!!

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Just trying to do my share there brother Eric

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What a brilliant history of the Doyle (Dubhghaill) surname. I found it simply fascinating, so thank you for that tidbit of wisdom. I wondered wherever did you find the Wexford tartan? It's lovely and I would like to find a link to it somewhere online. It seems everywhere I search, I only come up with the Doyle Blue or the Scots green and red tartan plaid. I'm still a beginner learner when it comes to tartans. My Doyle ancestors Moses & Anna came from Castlebridge, Co. Wexford. Do you suppose this green tartan could be the one assigned to them, or weren't all Doyles in that area assigned a tartan? Did they truly wear tartans as part of their daily attire at that time (1835-1900) ?? Any wisdom you might provide this grasshopper would be greatly appreciated. :rolleyes:

Cheers, Kimber

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