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Updated 20 February 2015

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Updated 19 May 2014

Clan Colquhoun  (With thanks to the kindness displayed by the "owner" of the Clan Kilpatrick site at   meaning John Kilpatrick ).

The name of Colquhoun was taken from the Barony of Colquhoun which lay along the hills to the north of Kilpatrick in Dumbartonshire.  At a time in history when "surnames" did not exist, people used a Christian name and were further identified by where they lived or by some personal characteristic, even by their trade.

In the 12th century "Humphrey" or "Umfridus " lived at Kilpatrick on the banks of the River Clyde.   The name Kilpatrick refers to "the church of Patrick", or St. Patrick, the village of Old Kilpatrick being the birthplace of St. Patrick.   Humphrey of Kilpatrick was granted the barony of Colquhoun in the 13th century and he became known as Humphrey of Colquhoun. 

In the 14th century, Robert de Colquhoun married the daughter of Godfrey, Laird of Luss upon Loch Lomondside, and as she was heiress to the lands of Luss, these passed to her husband, Robert de Colquhoun who became known as Robert Colquhoun of Luss. 

Others of the Kilpatrick family who did not move to the Loch Lomond area to live, remained around the Clyde in Dumbartonshire and further south, retaining their own surnames. 

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The Clan Colquhoun Connection
Church of Old Kilpatrick
Dunglass Castle
Bannachra Castle
Glen Fruin
Colquhoun Tartans

Since Kilpatricks and Kirkpatricks are associated with Clan Colquhoun, actually Septs of Clan Colquhoun, we of the clan are allowed to wear the Colquhoun Tartan and the Colquhoun Clan Badge. We are also eligible for membership in the Clan Colquhoun Society of the UK located at the village of Luss on Loch Lomond. Please visit their website where you can find out more about the Clan and obtain membership applications if you desire.

Clan Colquhoun Society of the United Kingdom

The Clan Colquhoun Society is working to preserve the history of the Colquhouns which includes all of the various names associated:

Colquhoun, Kilpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Cowan, MacCowan, Ingram, Laing, MacMain, MacManus, MacClintock, MacLinden, MacOwen, Calhoun, Kulhain, MacLintock.

Updated 30 May 2013

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Surname DNA testing is the the best "add-on" tool available to genealogists!  The many advantages include:-

  • Surname tests (Y-DNA) enable genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.  (The molecular (aka genetic) ancestry overrides the surname ancestry).
  • Molecular ancestry information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails and can uncover family secrets!

This project is keen for people from the United Kingdom, all the countries of Western Europe (which have strong numbers of CALHOUNs and similar spellings), Northern and Eastern Europe, the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (and anywhere else I have missed when I considered the countries in which the surname exists...) to please join it.

Like all surname projects, this one is intent upon proving connections using DNA.  But it is NOT just surname ancestry.  It is molecular (or as some prefer it, genetic) ancestry.

The best articles I have found to date for understanding just what 'DNA' is and how the results of testing can help you with your genealogy.

If you are reading this, then it is assumed you are hunting for details about your ancestors and extending your knowledge about your particular line.

DNA testing will certainly aid you in a number of ways but you must still have a paper trail if you want to name that ancestor when you find you have a match! 
DNA testing will also inform you whether your paper trail is correct.  (My favourite 'hobby-horse' is to tell you not to rely on the work of someone else UNLESS they have supplied you with references to enable you to check these for yourself).