Saturday, July 16, 2016

Surname Saturday: The McClure Sept of the MacLeod Clan of Scotland

Even on vacation--with no family research on the agenda--genealogy exerts a strong pull. Visiting the Isle of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides of northern Scotland, we chanced across Bosta Cemetery. Fewer than 200 stones are there but a number of members of the MacLeod family were buried there.

My husband's McClure family was originally from the Isle of Skye in Scotland (later among the Scots who were resettled to Donegal in Northern Ireland). The McClure family was a sept of the MacLeod clan still ensconced in Dunvegan Castle.

In tribute, I photographed some of the MacLeod stones in Bosta and posted them on Find-a-Grave. Above, George MacLeod, who died at Stornoway in 1969. In the distance, sheep wander freely outside the stone walls.

Any descendants of Halbert McClure, who led his family in crossing the Atlantic to Philadelphia and Virginia in the 1700s, please get in touch--new cousins are always welcome.


Wendy said...

I know what you mean about the pull of genealogy. Even on a lazy Sunday drive if I see a cemetery, I wonder what families are there although there is little chance there is anyone from my lines. Names of towns and streets that are clearly to honor a family pique my curiosity. Genealogy is a tough habit to break! (not that I want to)

Marian B. Wood said...

Me too. Genealogy is such a rewarding hobby! New cousins, new history, new geography, new biography. Thanks for reading and commenting.