MacLeods, MacDonalds, Mackenzies and MacNeils: Your Origins?

(Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis, Scotland)

SYDNEY - We all would love to know more about our Heritage, weather it be from family members or historical documents, it can be a wonderful experience to know where you came from to know where you are going.

"The Outer Hebrides, also known as the Western Isles, Innse Gall ("islands of the strangers") or the Long Island, is an island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.

Scottish Gaelic is the predominant spoken language, although in a few areas English speakers form a majority.

There are various important prehistoric structures, Such as Calanais Standing Stones, Lewis, Scotland. Which is similar in size to that of Stonehenge. The standing stones are placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age.  Many of which pre-date the first written references to the islands by Roman and Greek authors. The Western Isles became part of the Norse kingdom of the Suðreyjar, which lasted for over 400 years until sovereignty was transferred to Scotland by the Treaty of Perth in 1266. Control of the islands was then held by clan chiefs, principal of whom were the MacLeods, MacDonalds, Mackenzies and MacNeils. "

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