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Mc Donald , McDonald , Mac donald , MacDonald surname in South Africa

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  • William Frederick McDonald, SV/PROG (1827 - 1875)
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  • Donald McDonald, Snr. SV/PROG (1792 - 1868)
    British Residents at the Cape 1785-1819,” p. 248. Arrived Table Bay in 1817 under Benjamin Moodie’s direction.
  • James John Macdonald, SV/Prog a? (c.1823 - d.)
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  • James McDonald (1849 - 1924)
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  • Donald William McDonald, Jnr. (1826 - 1901)
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Original MacDonald settlers in South Africa and their desendants

MacDonald, Macdonald, and McDonald are surnames of Scottish Origin. In the Scottish Gaelic and Irish languages they are patronymic, referring to an ancestor with given name Donald.
The surname is an Anglicised form of the Scottish Gaelic and Irish Gaelic MacDhòmhnaill or Dòmhnallach.
The name is a patronym meaning 'son of Dòmhnall'. The personal name Dòmhnall is composed of the elements domno 'world' and val 'might, rule'.] According to Alex Woolf, the Gaelic personal name is probably a borrowing from the British Celtic Dyfnwal. The name is also native to Ireland but of separate origin: the MacDonalds of Munster were a sept of the O'Brian Clan and dynasty

In the context of Scottish clans, the various forms of the name refer to one of the largest clans, Clan Donald. In Ireland the name is largely from this root but may sometimes be a synonym for MacDonnell, which itself may be of distinct Scottish Clan Donald galloglass or native Irish origins



Clan Donald, also known as Clan MacDonald (Scottish Gaelic: Clann Dòmhnaill ), is a Highland Scottish clan and one of the largest Scottish clans. The Lord Lyon King of Arms who is the Scottish official with responsibility for regulating heraldry in that country, issuing new grants of coats of arms, and serving as the judge of the Court of the Lord Lyon, recognizes under Scottish law the High Chief of Clan Donald. Historically the chiefs of the Clan Donald held the title of Lord of the Isles until 1493 and two of those chiefs also held the title of Earl of Ross until 1476.

The origins of Clan Donald per Wikipedia are:

The Norse-Gaelic Clan Donald traces its descent from Dòmhnall Mac Raghnuill (d. circa 1250), whose father Reginald or Ranald was styled "King of the Isles" and "Lord of Argyll and Kintyre". Ranald's father, Somerled was styled "King of the Hebrides", and was killed campaigning against Malcolm IV of Scotland at the Battle of Renfrew in 1164. Clan Donald shares a descent from Somerled with Clan MacDougall, who trace their lineage from his elder son, Dugall mac Somhairle. Their dynasties are together commonly referred to as the Clann Somhairle. Furthermore, they are descended maternally from both the House of Godred Crovan and the Earls of Orkney, through Somerled's wife Ragnhildis Ólafsdóttir, daughter of Olaf I Godredsson, King of Mann and the Isles and Ingeborg Haakonsdottir daughter of Haakon Paulsson, Earl of Orkney. It remains uncertain if the Clann Somhairle are also descendants in some manner, through one or another of the above dynasts, of the House of Ivar, but this is commonly argued.

However as a result of recent DNA studies, they have shown that Somerled may have been of Norse descent through his male line. By testing the Y-DNA of males bearing the surnames MacDonald, MacDougall, MacAlister, and their variants it was found that a substantial proportion of men tested shared the same Y-DNA and a direct paternal ancestor. This distinct Y-chromosome R1a1 haplotype found in Scotland has been regarded as often showing Norse descent in Britain and Ireland.

There are numerous branches of Clan Donald and several of these have chiefs recognised by the Lord Lyon King of Arms; these are: Clan Macdonald of Sleat, Clan Macdonald of Clanranald, Clan MacDonell of Glengarry, Clan MacDonald of Keppoch, and Clan MacAlister. There are also notable historic branches of Clan Donald without chiefs so-recognised, these are: the Clan MacDonald of Dunnyveg, Clan MacDonald of Lochalsh, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and the MacDonalds of Ardnamurchan.

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(The Evidence)

Progenitors - Stamvaders


Angus McDonald -- Baptism of son 1796 in Cape Town , his son Alexander First McDonald born in SA ?

Donald Archibald McDonald born circa 1844 in Durban ,Natal


MC DONALD , Frederick
Occupation: Farm Servant
with wife and seven children, four boys aged 14, 12, 10 and 6, and three girls aged 8, 3 and 1, 28 th Nov 1874
Surety details: for Mr Donald Mc Kay, King Williams Town
Port of arrival: Cape Town
Extra info: . Total number of passengers: 5 6/16
Arrived 25 Nov 1874 aboard the Syria
Ship Notes: List of aided Emigrants per the Syria 25th Nov. 1874
Source: Western Cape Archives, PWD 2-753, page 8
transcribed by: Richard Wolfardt, from photographs taken by Alta Griffiths.
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