MacArthur Y-DNA search.

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I am looking to connect with any MacArthurs with possible roots in the Scottish Western Isles who have undertaken a Y-DNA test.

I live in the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. The MacArthur's in my family lived in the village of Carloway on the West Side of the above island. Before Carloway, they lived in the village of Bogha Glas, Isle of Harris. I heard of an old family tradition that claimed the family were descended from two brothers who came from Argyll.

It would fascinating to hear of any MacArthur's who have DNA tested and have possible Hebridean roots. It would be interesting to receive any theories about the DNA origins of these MacArthur's.

I was informed by a local genealogist that a group of MacArthur's from Lewis had emigrated to English Town, Nova Scotia. They apparently used the surname Campbell interchangeably with MacArthur.

I appreciate any information that might be available.

Yours Sincerely

Donnie Macdonald
in Genealogy Help by Donnie Macdonald G2G1 (1.4k points)

1 Answer

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An Arthur MacArthur and his wife Sarah Buchanan immigrated to Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, from Aline in Lochs Parish on the Isle of Lewis, in about 1828 settling south of Englishtown. I believe that I am related to Sarah Buchanan. By the time the couple arrived on Cape Breton Island, Arthur had changed his surname to Campbell, A lot of MacArthur's did this because, for a period of time, the surname MacArthur was not considered by some authorities as being a proper surname. The MacArthur clan was associated with the Campbell. Sarah Buchanan appears to have a brother named William "Red" Buchanan who also lived in Aline. One of the locals believe that William came from Great Bernera Island. It is possible Arthur MacArthur also came from there.
by Dan Buchanan G2G Rookie (230 points)

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