At the core of this site is the history of one branch of the Clan McCreath – its progenitor hailing from Maybole in Ayrshire towards the latter part of the 17th Century. Research over some 20 years has shown that our family’s subsequent journeys reflect general patterns in the Scottish diaspora.
My own particular line settled in Glasgow. Cousins, close and more distant, are to be found throughout Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland , as well as in Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.
In addition to my own immediate branch others have been recorded which, because of the absence of documentary evidence, remain as yet free-standing. DNA may prove a potential solution in the consolidation of these as yet unconnected lines.
The research results are shared in Family Tree charts and related explanatory narratives, personal accounts and photographs.
This McCreath miscellany forays beyond traditional genealogy. For example, my late father served with the 7th Battalion of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) during World War II. The Regiment was disbanded in 1968. If its story is not told, there is a danger that it may be lost to future generations. The link to the ‘core’ is that my father a Glaswegian met my mother, a Stirlingshire lass, when his Battalion was posted to Bridge of Allan during the early part of the Second World War.
Place thus plays an important role – partly driven through my interest, as a former teacher of geography, in location.
The Italian connection resides in my having acquired a son-in-law whose paternal and maternal grand-parents emigrated to Scotland from a little village that lies half way between Rome and Naples.