Galway girl – Meghan’s Irish roots revealed
AN IRISH genealogist who has been researching Meghan Markle believes the actress has roots in Co Galway.
The ‘Suits’ actress (36) is set to marry Britain’s Prince Harry at Windsor Castle tomorrow, and it was previously believed she had an Irish ancestor named Mary Smith, who emigrated to London and married a British soldier named Thomas Bird. According to genealogist Lorna Moloney, there is a slight inaccuracy in this and Thomas Bird’s wife was actually a woman named Mary McCague, who was born in Ballinasloe in October 1829.
Ms Moloney studied Markle’s ancestry for six weeks and discovered her relation to Ms McCague through her daughter Hattie, who married in Massachusetts. Published in ‘Irish Clans and Surnames’, Ms Moloney believes Ms McCague moved abroad when she married her husband and lived for a period in Malta, where she gave birth to her daughter Hattie in 1866. The surname McCague derives from MacThaidhg which means “son of Tadhg”.
The surname is now widespread in Ulster, with Tadhg being the brother of the King of Connacht.