There seem to be many claiming to be related to Gillies McBean. Who has the correct family tree?

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Gillies Mcbean/Macbean died in the battle of Culloden in 1746.  My father before he dies told me that I was related to Gillies Mcbean through my grand mother Ruth Mcbean (married Name Claridge). Father of Ruth McBean was Donald McBean d of B 29.11.1863. Mother Georgina Rackham. Has anyone else come across these names and gone further back into history?
asked in The Tree House by Wayne Claridge G2G Rookie (220 points)
There was a man who claimed descent from a Marquess of Sligo on the basis that the Marquess was a Browne and so was he.

I know Fitzgeralds who reckon they're related to JFK.  20th cousins maybe.

Probably every Scot with a Macbean in the family thinks they're related to Gillies.

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Clan McBean has a Wikipedia Page and Gillies McBean is mentioned in it:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_MacBean#18th_century_and_Jacobite_risings

He was the second grandson of the 12th Clan Chief, William MacBean of Kinchyle and the brother of Aenas MacBean of Kinchyle.  If he truly is your ancestor, you are lucky.  Many of the fallen at the Battle of Culloden were not as highly ranked or as closely connected to a chief and, therefore, their given names will never be known. 

To find the most correct family tree you might try to find a MacBean Clan source.  Here is their official web page: https://web.archive.org/web/20120205222937/http://www.clanmacbean.net/index.html

Good Luck! 

answered by Saundra Stewart G2G6 Mach 5 (51.8k points)
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You asked if I was a descendant of Gillies MacBean, and I had really never thought about it.  I did not even know that he had children.  But, according to WikiTree I am.  You can see the relationship, here:  https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:Relationship&action=calculate&person1_name=Macbean-3&person2_name=Shoults-17

I KNOW that I am a descendant of John MacBean, who was taken prisoner at the Battle of Worcester, and shipped to America.  How accurate WikiTree is beyond that ancestor, I am not sure.  

answered by Janne Gorman G2G6 Mach 2 (21.6k points)

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