New Maps, Crest Badge

I’ve added some new maps to the History page, to help visualize the concentrations of McCandlish/McCandless/etc. people in south Scotland and their migration to the north of Ireland; and the concentration of Conlisk/Quinlish/etc. people in and around Connacht in west-central Ireland.

Update (2023-08-22): Maps upgraded to higher resolution. Also added a crest-and-motto badge image and text section to the Heraldry page. It’s not the best art in the world, but it’ll do for now.

Update (2023-09-08): Ireland maps updated to show the Caherconlish enclave in Co. Limerick, Munster.

Update (2023-09-15): Maps updated again, to show spread of the names to neighboring counties based on early census data; and putative Stirlingshire origin of McCandlish.


By Stanton McCandlish

I am the site administrator and presently its principal writer/researcher. Based in Oakland, California (though I spent my early childhood in the UK, and have also lived in five US states, as well as Ontario, Canada), I am an IT consultant, book author, and genealogist, I've been doing a one-name study of Cuindlis-derived names like McCandlish, McCanless, and Conlisk since the 1990s. I also designed the McCandlish tartans, back in 1992 (with consultation from one of the then-living tartan experts). I have a degree in cultural anthropology and linguistics. I'm learning Scottish Gaelic and previously studied Irish Gaelic a bit, though am not fluent in either yet. On the side, I'm also something of a tartan and Highland-dress scholar, and have amassed most of the quality material published on the subject, primarily for overhauling Wikipedia's coverage of the subject. I started with the article "Tartan", which I re-did from the ground up and will next be splitting into sub-articles. Other family lines I'm researching including Skinner, Foster, Bomar, Ward, and Scott, though only particular lineages (not as broad one-name studies).

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