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My surname is McFarland, of clan MacFarlane. A y-DNA test has proven that I descend directly from the patron of clan MacFarlane. However, my great-grandmother was Elizabeth Drysdale, and was born in 1898 in a small village near Lockerbie, Scotland (the exact name of the village slips my mind). Drysdale is a recognized sept of clan Douglas, and her birthplace is in the heart of Douglas country.

I've done quite a bit of genealogy, but my great-grandmother's line remains a mystery. I know her father was David Drysdale, born "about 1876" in Scotland, and her mother was Matilda Allison, born 1874 in Bramley. After that, it goes blank. David died when my great-grandmother was only 3 years old. Her mother remarried, and they moved to America. My great-grandmother never spoke of her father.

I wear the MacFarlane tartan kilt, badge, etc., but I also consider myself a Douglas. Since my tie to clan Douglas is through my mother, mother's mother, and her mother, is there any way DNA can prove it, or does it only go through the y-DNA?

Is the Drysdale sept known to be associated with any of the "colors" of Douglas lines?

What are good resources to read on Douglas history? I'm quite immersed in clan MacFarlane's history, but know almost nothing about Douglas.

March 20, 2017 | Registered CommenterJohn McFarland