Gal­way girl – Meghan’s Ir­ish roots re­vealed

Irish Independent - - News - Sean O’Grady

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.

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