Allen, Allan, Alianach—MAC AILEAN.—The latter name is a form assumed by a branch of the McAllens, a McFarlane sept in the North of Scotland. The Allens of Co Kerry and other parts of Munster are descendants of a Scottish sept of the McAllens who came to Tirconnell from the West of Scotland in the 15th century to serve as Gallowglasses under the O'Donnells. In a battle in 1558 with the forces of the Earl of Clanrickard they were defeated and dispersed, one branch settling in Co. Kerry. This sept be longed to the clan Campbell.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
In Popular Rhymes and Sayings of Ireland (first published in 1924) John J. Marshall examines the origin of a variety of rhymes and sayings that were at one time in vogue around different parts of the country, including those which he recalled from his own childhood in County Tyrone. Numerous riddles, games and charms are recounted, as well as the traditions of the ‘Wren Boys’ and Christmas Rhymers. Other chapters describe the war cries of prominent Irish septs and the names by which Ireland has been personified in literature over the centuries.
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