I have been absent from posting and other duties of late due to my mother being in hospice and passing away; slowly things are returning to normal and I will take a moment to answer a persistent question that shows up in my email weekly.
The question... Are The McCains Connected to Clan Donald?
Well, this is an easy one to answer as Joe McKane and I discovered the facts the first few months of the McCain DNA Project. The answer is No. That is a different McCain family, the DNA results were very conclusive. The Clan Donald McCains are in no way related to us. The Clan Donald McCains are in fact Norse in origin and we are typical Gaels. One can tell this by the DNA Haplogroup which shows up in the test.
Our McCains are connected to a Mac Lachlainn family of Dunadd in mid Argyll. They are a historical family that began using the surname Mac Eáin circa 1450 AD. Mac Eáin is anglicised phonetically as McCain, McKane, McKean, McKeen, McKane, etc.
We did find the Clan Donald McCains in the test. Their are two branches, one from Ardnamurchan and one from Glencoe were both were located and both participated in our DNA test. They match each other (as they should), but do not match our mid Argyll McCains. Our mid Argyll McCains are the Mac Eáin family of Kilmichael Glassary and were a very distinguished group, but lessor known than the Clan Donald McCains.