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For the Scottish Gillespies.. I have a book "The Loyall Dissuasive; And Other Papers Concerning The Affairs of Clan Chattan" where they state that the Gillespies were in control of the lands of Badenoch until the Cummings came. The Macphersons drove out the Cummings and became the power in the area..hence the Gillespie-Macpherson connection in Scotland. In Ireland, since the name translated means servant of the Bishop, (or son of the servant with the "mac"), isnt it possible they migrated to Scotland with Columba, and his party up the great glen? Looking into the kingdom of Dal Riata and how it stretched from Northern Ireland to Scotland, it makes sense to me. Lets try to end all this nonsense associating our surname, with 'Ercenbald' and other names. ps- I have no idea how old these posts are I just came across them today (9/8/2012)
dave,I have researched Gillespie clan history in Scotland we go back to 500AD research deeper
Ronald A Gillespie
We are associated with the ancient Clan Chattan, then a sept family of Macpherson. There were other clans that had Gillespies
I have a Gillespie Family Record. It is a directory of the descendants of John and Sarah Woods Gillespie. It was created by Edith Gillespie of Flint Michigan in 1966. It says the Gillespie clan migrated from Glasgow, Scotland to County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland and later to County Armagh in Northern Ireland. From there the children of John and Sarah (Robert, James and Sarah) left for Quebec, Canada. From there Robert move with his wife, Elizabeth, to Michigan, USA. James remained in Quebec with his wife Mary and Sarah move to Hamilton, Ontario with her husband John Smith. The family record has 78 pages of history, pictures and names of descendants.
My great great grandfather was Born in Big Pine Nc, deep in the highlands. Our family now lives in Hendersonville Nc. I assume the name Glaspy may be a miss spelling of Gillespie. Does anyone know of any Glaspys or Gillespies in the Big Pine Nc area?