McKeown Ancestry!



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McKEOWN  - "Son of John"

The specific John in this case is John Bissett of Scotland. Having traveled from lower Scotland to Northern Ireland in the 13th Century, he is considered to be the founder of the McKeowns of the Northern Counties. My research has shown that the Bissetts are a Sept of the clan Grant as well as Fraser from Scotland.

An arm embowed in chain armour the hand holding sword blade wavy all proper.

Argent two lions rampant combatant sable supporting a dexter hand couped at the wrist goules, in chief four mulletts of eight point goules, in base waves of the sea therein a salmon naiant all proper.

Semper Eadem "Always the same"

{Note} My personal arms' lions have the addition of green eyes (shown above), the historical version does not.

County Antrim is one of nine counties in the Province of Ulster.
The symbol for Ulster is derived from the coat of arms of the O'Neils, who were lords of most of the province. The famed "Lamh Dearg" or Red Hand of O'Neil is found on many an Irish family's coat of arms. There is a map of Antrim which shows the McKeown in central Antrim as early as the 13th Century.
Our own McKeown antecendants came from an area known as The Braid, named for the Braid River which flows through it. There is a settlement there called McKeowntown.
The original homestead that this McKeown family came from is still standing in the Braid and occupied by McKeown descendants!
Thanks to cousin Bob Gabor for investing the time to research the above information! (Feb. 14, 1962)

Here is the McKeown Ancestry information that I have on-line.
Person Index / Surname Index
Please E-mail me with any corrections or additions. THANK YOU!

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Irish Ancestry Pages:

Ellis Island Records

Ancestry Search / The Ultimate Irish Links / US Surname Distribution  

Antrim County Genealogy / Ballymena Times


Click on the picture above to go to Roundstone Music of Ireland, maker of fine bodhrans including mine.

Scottish Pages:

Central NY Scots Festival

Clan Grant Page

Clan Fraser Page

Bagpipe Pages:


The Dunlap Highland Band