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Updated 6 December 2015

About the General Fund

Y-DNA Testing Assistance Available:  Please apply to the Admin stating why and what is being applied for.
FTDNA manages a General Fund for projects -- donations are held by FTDNA for use in the project.  The Admin makes the decisions along with noting the conditions (if any) as stipulated by the donor. The General Fund for the Calhoun project is used for male Y-DNA testing. Donors may contribute to the project's general fund to assist with the cost of future testing. Donors may designate which a specific ancestor the donation is to assist. You do NOT have to designate a specific testing interest when you donate - donations without a specified interest are used for testing at the discretion of the project administrator. If you think you descend from a male line there may be funding available to help defer the cost of testing.  If you donate, please let the Admin know - FTDNA has ceased alerting Admins of a donation.

If You Want Assistance from The General Fund

There is general assistance available to defray the cost of Y-DNA testing. If you would like assistance please contact the group administrator. 

1. Fund Purpose and Use: The primary goal of the Calhoun DNA Project is to identify relationships among participants, and to map the various worldwide Calhoun family lines using genetic Y-DNA testing. The purpose of the Calhoun DNA Testing Fund is to provide financial assistance, by means of privately donated monies, to both existing and potential participants who want to expand the Calhoun DNA Project but cannot afford the cost of testing because of their financial state. The money in the fund can only be applied to the purchase of Calhoun DNA testing kits with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA).

2.  Ownership:The fund recipients will be expected to maintain their personal FTDNA Homepage.

3.  Applicable Tests: Funding will only be provided for Y37 marker Y-DNA testing as these tests are the primary tools used to further the project goals. Other tests, are more specialised and by themselves do not contribute to the project goals.  But apply for aid if you can also contribute.  Note that shipping and handling fees are not covered.

4. Method of Payment: The recipient will not receive money directly from the fund - this (and the order itself) is all handled by the Admin.

5. Donation Based: This is a donation based endeavour and is only possible because of the generosity of others. None of the money will have any commercial "strings attached"; i.e., there will be no expectation of use or endorsement of any commercial service or product tied to either the actual donation or disbursement. Put simply, this fund exists only on a purely philanthropic basis. It is hoped that, when possible, people will continue to add to the fund so that is does not become depleted

Donations can be made a number of ways - credit card, PayPal and via cheque to FTDNA with instructions as to which project it is to go. Donations can be made publicly, anonymously, and in honour of another

To donate, click on the word in the project's landing page

6. Willingness to Participate: There is a clear relationship between traditional genealogy and genealogical DNA testing.  Prospective recipients must be willing to contribute their own information. To reinforce the necessity of information sharing, participants who seek assistance from the donation fund will be required to provide the project administrator with as detailed a pedigree (paternal lineage only) as the recipient has.  Also, the recipient will be required to sign the FTDNA release form, allowing FTDNA to compare test results with others.

7. Time Between Assistance Applications: In an effort to prolong the availability of the fund and to curb any possible abuse, participants will be limited to one grant per year. 

8. Administration and Dispersion of Funds: The actual fund and the money it contains are kept and maintained by FTDNA. The administration of the Calhoun DNA Testing Fund and the dispersion of any of its monies are at the complete discretion of the fund administrator. The administrator also has the ability and responsibility to make any necessary changes to the way the fund is administered.

9. Publication of Funds, Donors, Recipients and Fund Status: In order to provide a minimal level of visibility and oversight to the fund, the information may be requested from the admin.

10.  Requesting Funds: Because the fund is for those in financial need, a prospective recipient must provide the following.



Testers Full Name:


Complete Mailing Address 
to send test kit to (including Post code):


Your Phone Number:


Your Email Address:


Which test are you requesting?

Are you currently participating in the Calhoun DNA Project?  If yes, what is your kit number?

  Yes                                                                            No

Will you be the person who completes the test?

  Yes                                                                            No

If no, have you identified a direct male Calhoun (Colquhoun) descendant who will take the test?

  Yes                                                                            No

Will you (or your tester) be able to complete and return the kit within 30 days?

  Yes                                                                            No

If no, please explain:


Please indicate how long you have been researching your Calhoun (Colquhoun) lineage:

Will you be able to provide at least 3 generations of documented ancestry?

  Yes                                                                             No

If no, please explain:


Please explain why you need assistance:





If approved for a grant, will you be in a position to pay for the portion of the test that the testing fund does not cover?

  Yes                                                          No

If no, please explain:


I agree to abide by the Admin’s decision

  Yes                                                            No


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. 

Read more about

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).