Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

“Why are we here and not living in a palace?”

My mom told me that when she was a child, her grandmother, Mary Queen O’Neil claimed to be descended from the Royals of Scotland. My mother doubted her and said “if we are, why are we here and not living in a palace?”

Well, I’m trying to see whether she was right, so I’ve been researching my great-grandmother’s ancestry. I know that the Kings of Ireland up until the 1600’s were O’Neils, but that was her husband, my great-grandfather’s side.

Mary Queen’s grandfather, Andrew McDowell Queen was born in 1832 in Port Patrick, Wigtown, Scotland in 1832, son of Robert (Mc)Queen and Janett Milroy. He was married to Mercy Stuart in 1850 in Scotland, who was born in 1834. Was she descended from the House of Stuart? I wonder…

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