Clan Colla 425 null project- Background

Administrators

Surnames

Agnew, Alexander, Almond, Arnold, Beagan, Beaghan, Beaghen, Beaman, Beamen, Beamon, Beamond, Beamont, Beamound, Beamount, Beaumond, Beaumont, Beeman, Beemen, Beemon, Beggan, Beggin, Beggins, Beman, Bemen, Bemon, Bennett, Biggin, Biggins, Bigham, Bird, Bourd, Boyce, Boylan, Boylen, Broad, Brock, Byrd, Byrde, Cahill, Cairn, Cairnes, Cairns, Calkin, Calkins, Campbell, Cannell, Carberry, Carbery, Cariel, Carill, Caroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carrole, Carroll, Cartan, Carten, Carthainn, Carton, Caryll, Casey, Cashin, Cassidy, Cassidy (in Coole), Chamney, Clan Colla, Clarke, Clochar, Coal, Coalas, Coale, Coales, Coen, Cohen, Cole, Coles, Colgan, Colin, Colla, Collas, Collin, Collins, COLLS, Conan, Coneley, Conelly, Conely, Conlay, Conleay, Conlee, Conley, Conly, Conn, Connally, Conneally, Connelley, Connelly, Connely, Connoley, Connolly, Connolly (in Fermanagh), Connoly, Conoly, Coole, Cooley, Cooney, Corrigan, Corry, Coscry, Cosgrach, Cosgrave, Cosgraye, Cotton, Coull, Coulls, Court, Cowels, Cowle, Cowles, Cowlls, Cowls, Cuarta, Culhane, Culkin, Cullen, Cullin, Currie, Curry, Cusker, Davin, Davine, de Vine, de Wine, Devane, Devenney, Devers, Devin, Devine, Diver, Divers, Divin, Divine, Donegan, Donelan, Donelly, Dongan, Donnegan, Donnellan, Donnelly, Duane, Duff, Duffie, Duffy, Dunegan, Dwane, Dwyer, DYF371, DYF371X, DYS 505, DYS425, Eagan, Egan, Elliott (of Scotland), Ennis, Enright, Eoger, Eogers, Faraher, Feehan, Flanagan, Flinn, Flood, Fogarty, Gafney, Garvey, Gavan, Gilchreest, Gillchreest, Gillduff, Godwin, Griffin, Guin, Guinidhe/O'Guin, Guire, Gurry, Guthrie, Hale, Hanratty, Hanratty (Enright), Hart, Harte, Hartt, Hartte, Harty, Healy, Heaney, Hegney, Hewson, Hewston, Higgins, Holland, Holligan, Hoolahan, Hort, Houston, Howard (of England), Hughes, Hughson, Joy, Joyce, Karel, Karol, Kearin, Kearins, Kearn, Kearney, Kearns, Keenan, Keenan (in Fermanagh), Kelly, Kenna, Kennedy, Keogh, Kerans, Kerin, Kern, Kerns, Kewesh, Kewis, Kewish, Kieran, Kiernan, Killduff, Kinitty, Kohl, Kohle, Kohler, Kohn, Kol, Kole, Kolea, Kolee, Kolel, Lahin, Lally, Lalor, Lamont, Lane, Lannin, Larkin, Laury, Lavan, Lawler, Lawlor, Leahy, Lee, Lehane, Lester, Linch, Linskey, Little, Loftus, Loingsy, Looney, Lord, Love, Lynch, Lynskey, Ma Grath, Mac Allister, Mac Ardle, Mac Cabe, Mac Cann, Mac Clean, Mac Cormaic, Mac Craith, Mac Cusker, Mac Daniel, Mac Donald, Mac Donnell, Mac Dougald, Mac Dougall, Mac Dowell, Mac Egan, Mac Elligott, Mac Evoy, Mac Gafraidh, Mac Gilfinan, Mac Gilmichael, Mac Gilmore, Mac Hale, Mac Hugh, Mac Ivir, Mac Ivor, Mac Kenna, Mac Mahon, Mac Manus, Mac Mathghamhna, Mac Mathuna, Mac Mathúna, Mac Neny, Mac Oscar, Mac Osgar, Mac Quillian, Mac Rory, Mac Sheehy, Mac Tague, Mac Ternan, Mac Tully, Mac Uidhir, Mac Veagh, Mac Veigh, MacAfee, MacAlister, MacAllan, MacAllister, MacAodh, MacArdell, MacArdle, MacAulay, MacAuley, MacBrock, MacCabe, MacCabe (in Monaghan/ Caven), MacCafferty, MacCaffrey, MacCairn, MacCalkin, MacCalkins, MacCann, MacCartins, MacCartons, MacCassidy, MacCassity, MacCathan, MacCauley, MacCiarnain, MacClean, MacCoonan, MacCoskar, MacCourt, MacCraith, MacCuairt, MacCuarta, MacCulkin, MacCusker, MacDaniel, MacDomhnaill (of Clan Kelly), MacDonald, MacDonald (of Scotland), MacDonell, MacDonnel, MacDonnell, MacDonnell (of Antrim), MacDonnell (of Clan Kelly), MacDougald, MacDougall, MacDowell, MacDuff, MacDuffee, MacDuffie, MacDuffy, MacDugal, MacEgan, MacElligott, MacEory, MacEvoy, MacFee, MacFetridge, MacFie, Mac'fighearnain, MacGafney, MacGilfinan, MacGilladuff, MacGilmiehael, MacGilmore, MacGofraidh, MacGorry, MacGraw, MacGuire, MacGuthrigh, MacGwyre, MacHale, MacHugh, MacIvir, MacIvor, MacKay, MacKenna, MacKey, MacKgan, MacKiernan, Maclvir, MacMaghnusa, MacMahon, MacManus, MacManuse, MacNeny, MacNeny (Bird), MacOscar, MacOsgar, Macowis, MacPharson, MacPhee, MacPherson, MacPhie, MacQuillan, MacQuillan (in Antrim), MacQuillian, MacQuire, MacRobeartaighe, MacRoiberd, MacRory, MacRory (Rogers), MacRury, MacSheehy, MacSheely, MacTague, MacTernan, MacTiernan, MacTighernain, MacTighernan, MacTully, MacUais, MacUidhir, Mac-Uidhir, MacVeagh, MacVeigh, MacVeigh (in West Meath), Madden, Mag Uidhir, Magee, Magee (in Down/Antrim), Magh Uidhir, Maghan, Magnan, Magofrey, Magrath, MagUidhir, Mag-Uidhir, Maguire, Maguthrie, Mahan, Mahon, Main, Malone, Manachain, Mangan, Manis, Mann, Maolruanaidh, MArdle, Martin, Masterson, Mathews, Mathgamna, Matthews, Maughan, Mc Kenna, Mc Quillian, McAfee, McArdle, McAulay, McAuley, McCaffery, McCaffrey, McCaghey, McCall, McCally, McCaulay, McCauley, McCaulley, McCoish, McColly, McConnell, McConnolly, McCooish, McCOOL, McCormick, McCourt, McCoy, McCue, McCuis, McCuish, McCuy, McDanal, McDaniel, McDonald, McDonnell, McDougal, McDougald, McDougall, McDougle, McDuff, McDuffe, McDuffee, McDuffie, McDuffy, McEnnis, McFee, McFie, McGee, McGinnes, McGrath, McGuier, McGuire, McGuyer, McGwier, McGwire, McHugh, McInnes, McKay, McKee, McKenna, McKeown, McKey, McKiernan, McKinney, Mclvor, McMahan, McMahen, McMahon, McMann, McManus, McMaster, M'Cowis, McPhee, McPhie, McPhillips, McQuillan, McQuillen, McQuillian, McQuillin, McQuilling, McQuillon, McQuire, McRorey, McTernan, McTiernan, McTierney, McToal, McTurnan, McVey, Meguiar, Meguire, Meicc h-Uidir, Meicc-Uidhir, Meldon, M'Guire, Mitchell, Monaghan, Monahan, Moneghan, Montague, Mooney, Morgan, Morris, Mourne, Moynagh, Mughdhorn, Muldoon, Mullally, Mulrooney, Multully, Muregan, Murrin, Naghtan, Naghten, Naun, Nawn, Neal, Nealan, Neillan, Noble, Norton, Null 425, NULL425, Ó Daimhín, O' Devine, Ó Dubhdara, Ó Duibhín, O Hanlon, Ó hEignigh, Ó hÉignigh, O Loghan, Ó Maolruanaidh, O’Carten, O’Cartin, O’Carton, O’Hart (in Tara), O'Boylan, O'Boylen, O'Brassil, O'Brien, O'Cairn, O'Callaghan, O'Carriel, O'Carroll (of Oriel), O'Cartan, O'Ciarnain, O'Coilean, O'Coilen, O'Connelly, O'Connolly, O'Connor, O'Connor (of Oriel), O'Cooney, O'Corry, O'Cosgras, O'Cullen, O'Cullin, O'Darrah, O'Davin, Odhar, O'Donnell, O'Donnellean, O'Dubhdara, O'Duffy, O'Dwyer, O'Egan, O'Flanagan, O'Flynn, O'Guin, O'Hanlon, O'Hanratty, O'Hanraty, O'Hart, O'Heaney, O'Heenan, O'hEignigh, O'Kelly, O'Keran, O'Lannan, O'Leathain, O'Loghan, O'Loghanan, O'Loghnan, O'Loingsigh, O'Madagan, O'Madden, O'Manachain, O'Maolruanaidh, O'Mooney, O'Neillan, O'Neny, Orr, O'Seaghain, O'Tierney, O'Tierny, O'Tighearnaigh, O'Tighearnaigh., O'Tully, O'Tyernie, Oulahan, Ouseley, Parsons, Plunkett, Quillan, Quillen, Quiney, Rhydderch, Robeartach, Roberts, Robertson, Robins, Robinson, Roche, Rodderick, Roderick, Rodgers, Rodric, Rodrick, Rogan, Roger, Rogers, Rogerson, Ronan, Ronayne, Rooney, Rory, Rowney, Sachsen, Sandy, Saunders, Saunderson, Segan, Shannon, Shea, Shean, Sheehy, Sheely, Sheoghaidh, Slevin, Slevine, Spears, Taerney, Tarney, Tearney, Teirney, Ternay, Terney, Terny, Thierny, Tiernan, Tierney, Tiernie, Tierny, Tighearna, Tully, Turney, Tyernie, Ui Mhic Carthainn, Uidhar, Uidhir, Vey, Wesley

Background

Welcome to the Clan Colla 425 Null Project!

Please read the following very important information

Only join this project if you have had Y-DNA tested (DNA from a male tester), and your predicted haplogroup must be of the R1b type. Just having a Family Finder test done is not adequate, or even advisable.  The Family Finder test and mt-dna testing will not help you track your paternal ancestry.

Also if you've been tested at 67 markers you need to have a Null value (0) for marker DYS 425.  If you have not ordered a upgrade to at least 67 markers, it is very advisable that you do this. 

This DNA project is not one of the very general projects such as Ireland DNA, and it is not a general surname catch all, where anyone can join no matter what their DNA markers are.  And not everyone who has one of the listed surnames, will necessarily have markers that match the signature DNA of the Collas.  Most testers will not match the DNA profile that is required to be a part of this project.  As well, the highest expectation of having Colla DNA may be no better than about 50% if you have a Colla surname. 

Project Administrators

  • Josiah McGuire. Josiah McGuire had his DNA tested in 2004. In early 2005 he recognized that he matched several other people with Colla surnames and began studying those matches. After upgrading to 67 markers in 2006, Josiah learned that he had a null value for marker 425, as did the other Colla surnames. In 2007 Josiah computed modal values for the DNA of the Three Collas and put it on Ysearch with the user ID of DURRQ. In June 2009, he started the Clan Colla 425 null at FTDNA to attract Clan Colla descendants, encourage upgrades to the 67-marker test, and promote Clan Colla research. He is also the administrator of the Mag-Uidhir Clan Project. Josiah's DNA is kit #23171. His genetic distance from the Colla Modal DNA is 9. He traces his family back to the eponymous Josiah McGuire, who was born in 1794 in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Josiah lives in Indiana, USA. His email address is: j_j_mcguire@msn.com.

  • Peter Biggins. Peter had his DNA tested at FTDNA in 2008. When he realized with Josiah's help in May 2009 that he was descended from the Three Collas, he added a webpage on the "DNA of the Three Collas" to his genealogy website called PetersPioneers. Peter is an administrator of the Biggins Project and the Ely Carroll Project at FTDNA as well as the Clan Colla Null 425 Project. His DNA is kit #127469. His genetic distance from the Colla Modal DNA is 6. Peter has traced his family back to Patrick Biggins (Beggan), who was born in 1807 in Ireland, most likely Drumgill, County Cavan. Peter lives in Connecticut, USA, where he is a director of the Middlesex Genealogical Society. His email address is: pabiggin@optonline.net

  • Patrick McMahon. Patrick Ciaran McMahon had his DNA test in 2009. He is an administrator of the Clan Colla Null 425 Project. In addition to being a fellow Colla descendant, Patrick spent a good part of his career working as a geneticist and lives in Ireland. Patrick's DNA is kit #145687. His genetic distance from the Colla Modal DNA is 4. Patrick has an advanced degree in genetics from Trinity College Dublin. He has traced his family back to Faolan MacMathghamhna (Felim/Phelan MacMahon), who lived in County Monaghan in the early 12th century (see 49 Generations: Colla to McMahon). Patrick lives in Gorey, Ireland. His email address is: mcmahongorey@utvinternet.com

  •  Terry McGuire. Dr. Terry R. McGuire had his DNA tested at FTDNA in 2011. He became an administrator of the Clan Colla Null 425 Project in September 2013. Terry's DNA is kit #209574. His genetic distance from the 67-marker Colla Modal DNA is 7. He traces his Colla ancestry back to James A. McGuire who was born in 1822 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Terry is Professor and Vice Chair of the Deparment of Genetics at Rutgers University. He received his B.A. from the Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published in many different areas including Mendelian and mathematical genetics, behavioral and neural genetics, and ecological genetics. See his Profile Page for research and publications. He has 35 years of experience with teaching genetics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He uses the Colla project in class to show how the Y chromosome can be used in genealogy. Terry lives in Clinton, New Jersey, USA. His email address is: mcguire@dls.rutgers.edu

  • Thomas Roderick, 1930-2013. Thomas Huston Roderick PhD, passed away September 4, 2013, at home in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA. He had his DNA tested at FTDNA in 2003. He was administrator of the Roderick-Rhydderch Family Project at FTDNA as well as the Clan Colla Null 425 Project. Tom's DNA is kit #8551. His genetic distance from the Colla Modal DNA is 8. He had recruited 13 other Rodericks to the Clan Colla project. Tom graduated from the University of Michigan in philosophy in 1952 and zoology in 1953 and from the University of California, Berkeley, with a PhD in 1959. He then joined The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, as a staff scientist in genetics where he remained for 37 years. Tom cofounded the Center for Human Genetics. He was a member of the National Genealogical Society and had traced his family back to Rhydderch Evan who was born circa 1700 in Llantrisant, Glamorgan, Wales. Tom had also been a research geneticist and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy. Tom was one of the original members of the international Human Genome Organisation in 1988. Obituary

Introduction

The Three Collas lived in Ireland during the early part of the 4th century, and their descendants have been kings, lords, chiefs, and saints down through the ages. The Collas were warlike princes, the sons of Eochy Doimhlein, son of Cairbre Lifeachar, legendary High King of Ireland.  The Three Collas conquered Ulster in the battle of Achadh Leithdheirg, by defeating the forces of king Fergus Foga, at Emain Macha.  The territory conquered by the three Collas comprised the present day counties of Louth, Monaghan, and ArmaghColla da Crioch was the founder and first King of the Kingdom of Oriel; and died about the year 357 AD. Many of the Clan Colla progeny were styled Kings of Oriel, down to the twelfth century.

Project Background

As further introduction into the background for starting this DNA project, we offer these details recorded in the Book of Ballymote, written in 1390AD.

Cairpri Daim Airgit (Argait), King of Airgialla, (Kingdom of Oriel) died 513AD. This King of Airgialla is six generations down from Colla da Crioch. The King had seven sons; three of them were... Cormac from whom the Maguires descend; Nadsluaigh from whom the McMahons and Carrolls descend; and Daimhin from whom the Boylans and Kellys descend. Colla da Crioch was one of the Three Collas who sought to restore the monarchy to their line. At one point, the Three Collas were exiled from Ireland and made to live in Scotland, however through the influence of the King of Alba, and the intervention of the Druids, the Collas were pardoned by the Irish King, and were invited back to Ireland.

Clan Colla DNA

The above traditional story led us to wonder if DNA analysis of these various Colla surnames might lead to a better understanding of who "The Three Collas" were, and where they may have originated from. For the purposes of this DNA Project, participants will be required to have all 67 markers tested; and also be from the R1b1a2 type haplogroup if they have not had the extended Deep Clade Extented ordered yet.  Our group should all be R1b1a2a1a1b4, or more simply L21 positive.   Additionally eligible participants that have tested out to 67 markers or larger, are required to have a null value at DYS425.  For a full explanation about What is Clan Colla DNA? - see the Results page.

Generally, we rely on John O'Hart, who provided two lists of Colla descendents in his Irish Pedigrees; or, the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation, published in 1892 (3rd edition): one list is on pages 669-670 of Volume I and the other is on page 577 of Volume II. For a consolided list, in alphabetic order without regard to O' and Mac, see Descendants of the Three Collas.  Jim McMahon has created a valuable resource on the history of Clan Colla and their descendants. See Clan McMahon of the Kingdom of Oriel.  Another good resource for studying the Collas is Kingdom of Airghialla by Dennis Walsh.  See also the Clan Colla DNA Study 

Etymological theory for the Collas

An earlier spelling for Colla was Conlae, and "The Three Collas" were also known as "Na Trí Collai".  Their names were Conlae Uais, Conlae Menn, and Conlae Fochri (collectively known as "The Three Collas"). Historian/gealogist O'Rahilly wrote a short section on the derivation of the name Colla.  Based on variant forms of the name appearing in the Irish MS., O' Rahilly says the name Colla stands for an earlier Conlae; apparently as Irish evolved the earlier " nl " turned into " ll ".  O'Rahilly also mentions other variant forms of spelling; Conla, Conlae, and Condla. O'Rahilly sees Conlae as similar to the Gaulish "Condollios, derived from Condollos, ie, conn (head, chief) plus ollos (great). O'Rahilly states Condollios probably means son of Condollos.

Could "The Three Collas" be anciently derived from the Conii (or Cynetes), a pre-Roman tribe from the Iberian Peninsula.  Past DNA studies have shown the similarities between the DNA of people in Ireland and those in Spain and the Iberian area.

The Conii or Cynetes were one of the pre-Roman peoples of the Iberian Peninsula, living in today's Algarve and Low Alentejo regions of southern Portugal before the 6th century BCE (in what was to become the southern part of the Roman province of Lusitania). They are often mentioned in the ancient sources under various designations, mostly Greek or Latin derivatives of their two tribal names: ‘Cynetas’/’Cynetum’; ‘Kunetes’, ‘Kunetas’, and ‘Kunesioi' or ‘Cuneus’, followed by ‘Konioi’, ‘Kouneon’ and ‘Kouneous’/‘Kouneoi’.  Inscriptions in the Tartessian language have been found in the area, in a variety often referred to as Southwest Paleohispanic script.  The name Conii, found in Strabo, seems to have been identical with the Cynesii, who were mentioned by Herodotus as the westernmost dwellers of Europe and distinguished by him from the Celts.

The main city of the country of the Conii (or Cynetes) was Conistorgis, according to Strabo, who considered the region Celtic.   In the local language Conistorgis probably means "City of the Conii".  It was located somewhere in the interior of the Algarve, in southernmost Portugal, although the exact location is unknown.  The Conii had made an alliance with the Romans during the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula. This led to the city's destruction by the indigenous Iberian confederation, led by the Lusitanians, during the Lusitanian War against Rome from 155 to 139 BC.

The Conii’s city Conistorgis was destroyed apparently for their alliance with the Romans, this would make the Conii basically homeless.  It would then be reasonable to assume that the Conii would now be in search for a new home, away from their destroyed city, and their apparently new enemies the Lusitanians who led the destruction of their city.  According to Herodotus the Conii are listed as the westernmost dwellers of Europe and distinguished by him from the Celts.  The westernmost part of Europe is of course Ireland, and this would be consistent with the story of the Collas being in Ireland.  The Collas ancient ancestors (the Cynetes or Conii if this theory holds) may have left the Iberian Peninsula area after their city was destroyed during the Lusitanian War sometime between 155 and 139 BC.  This would place the ancestors to the Collas in the westernmost areas (the early British Isles) as Herodotus had mentioned about the Conii.

The Celtic Encyclopedia: Volume 1 - Page 160  (pages 159 – 160), The Conii were a coastal people whose inscriptions show that they spoke a mixture of Goidel and Brythonic Celtic languages. ... lands of nearby Ithaca ( Andalucla, Spain) and/or the earlier BC 15th century Goidel invasion of Ireland. ...

Cynetes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  The name Conii, found in Strabo, seems to have been identical with the Cynesii, who were mentioned by Herodotus as the westernmost dwellers of Europe…

Other possible Celtic Tribal origins

In 1998, Donald M. Schlegel, suggested (in his article "The Origin of the Three Collas and the Fall of Emain" in the Clogher Record), that "The Three Collas" were Romanized Celtic Britons from the Trinovantes, a celtic tribe from Colchester, the oldest recorded Roman town in England.  He wrote as well, that the Collas are perhaps the only instance in prehistoric or early historic Ireland of three brothers having each a personal name, a name in common, and an epithet. His implication being that such a naming convention must have been imported, and the obvious source is the Roman Empire.  He proposed that the Collas received military training from the Romans and eventually went to Ireland as mercenaries in the service of the King of Ireland.  Schlegal also wrote concerning the early town of Colchester that... "As late as the middle ages, the western gate of the city of Colchester was pointed out as the site of King Coel's Castle."  And he suggested that the Collas may have possibly be linked back to the legendary figure King Cole.

Also in his book, Donald said that Coir Anmann reported that the Collas were also called Coll-ni in the ancient books.  He wrote that the name Coll-ni might be derived from the name of the River Colne that runs through the middle of Colchester.  He suggested that the two names Coll-ni and Colne looked and sounded similar to each other. As well, one might point out that Coll-ni looks and possibly sounds very similar to Conii.  Conii is described a paragraph or two above this one.

For further information see:  "The Origin of the Three Collas and the Fall of Emain" by Donald M. Schlegel.   http://www.peterspioneers.com/schlegel.pdf

Colchester Background History - (Various source references and text [links above and below] are found on Wikipedia.)

The name Colchester is from Latin: the place-name suffixes chester, cester, and caster derive from the Latin word castrum (fortified place). In folk etymology the name Colchester was thought of as meaning Cole's Castle, though it actually means the Roman fort Colonia (plural coloniae).  Colonia was originally a Roman Empire outpost established in conquered territory to secure it. Eventually, however, the term came to denote the highest status of Roman city.  Coloniae also included towns founded by Rome to house those who held Roman citizenship. In Britain this usually meant those who had completed their military service in the Legions and were thus owed a grant of land by the state; see Marian Reforms.

Other earlier associated names for Colchester were Colecester, Colcestre, and Colcestria.

Camulodunum is the Roman name for the ancient settlement which is today's Colchester, a town in Essex, England. Camulodunum is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain as recorded by the Romans, existing as a Celtic settlement before the Roman conquest, when it became the first Roman town, and eventually a settlement of discharged Roman soldiers, known as Colonia Claudia Victricensis. There is archaeological evidence of settlement 3,000 years ago. Its Celtic name was "Camulodunon", meaning "the Fortress of Camulos" (Camulos being a British god equated with the Roman Mars). This name was modified to the Roman spelling of "Camulodunum".

Camulodunon was the capital of the Trinovantes tribe, who built an impressive system of earthwork defences to the west and south of the town. It was probably established as their capital by Addedomarus, a king known from his inscribed coins dating to around 25 - 10 BC (at the time of Caesar's invasions of Britain in 55 and 54 BC, the tribe were probably based at Braughing).  Colchester was the only place in the province of Britannia where samian ware was produced (for a short time). Roman brick making and wine growing also took place in the area. Bricks have been made in Colchester (or in the surrounding area) for around 2,000 years.

A Roman legionary fortress or castrum, the first permanent legionary fortress to be built in Britain, was established at Camulodunum in 43. A veteran colony was established in an effort to subdue the Silures and as part of an attempt at Romanisation.[6] Later it became a colonia – a settlement of discharged Roman soldiers – and the principal city of Roman Britain. A Roman monumental temple was built there c. 44 and was dedicated to the emperor Claudius.[7]

According to Tacitus, in 60/61 when the Iceni and Trinovantes under Boudica revolted against Roman rule, the city was undefended by fortifications,[8] and was only garrisoned by 200 members of the procurator's guard.[9] The rebels destroyed the city. The settlement was a target for the rebels because the veterans who inhabited the city "drove people out of their houses, ejected them from their farms, called them captives and slaves".[8]

Local legend places Colchester as the seat of King Cole (or Coel) of the rhyme Old King Cole, a legendary ancient king of Britain.

The Calkins Family origins

The Calkins family represented in our project traces its ancestry back to 16th-century Chester, England, just north of the Wales border.  Calkins is a spelling variant of Culkin and MacCulkin, which O'Hart says were descended from Colca (or Colcan).  O'Hart also lists Colcan as descending from Colla da Chrioch.  The Calkins name may have derived it's spelling origin from the "Colcan" name and with time, it was changed from Col-can to Cal-kin and Calkins. Or alternately the descendants (or the clan people) associated with King Cole may have adopted the term Coles-Kin or Cole-kin, which may have morphed over to Col-kin, and then over to Calkin.

One of our project administrators, Geneticist Patrick McMahon, believes that the Calkins surname may have have derived it spelling directly from the Colla Clan itself.  Patrick's thoughts on the origins of this Calkins family is below.

"A similar argument could be made for yet another family, the Calkins, who are also of Clan Colla and come from Cheshire/North Wales, being proto Colla and originating in another Roman Town, Chester. Equally, they could have come from any part of Britain, propelled westward by the Romans following failed uprisings such as Bodicea’s in East Anglia. This family might bear a derivative of the original tribal name, Colla Kinsmen or abbreviated to Colla-kin."  And Colla-kin then changed over to Calkin.

Back to the legendary story about King Cole:

In the legend Helena, the daughter of Cole, married the Roman senator Constantius Chlorus, who had been sent by Rome as an ambassador and was named as Cole's successor. Helena's son became Emperor Constantine I. Helena was canonised as Saint Helena of Constantinople and is credited with finding the true cross and the remains of the Magi. She is now the patron saint of Colchester. This is recognised in the emblem of Colchester: a cross and three crowns. The Mayor's medallion contains a Byzantine style icon of Saint Helena.

Colchester has also been suggested as one of the potential sites of Camelot, on account of having been the capital of Roman Britain, and because of its spelling similarity to the ancient name of Camulodunum.

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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 13
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 60
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 70
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 3
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 5
Family Finder 98
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 10
Maternal Ancestor Information 209
mtDNA 107
mtDNA Full Sequence 58
mtDNA Plus 86
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 302
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 99
Total Members 386
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 15
WTY 1
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 67
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 36
Y-DNA Subgroups 46
Y-DNA111 135
Y-DNA12 325
Y-DNA25 312
Y-DNA37 308
Y-DNA67 274