Duncan family genealogy

Arms: Sa. five eagles displ. in cross ar.

DUNCHEANN (dunceann: Irish, "a chief of a fort"), the second son of Naradh who is No. 97 on the "Ruddy" pedigree, was the ancestor of O'Duncinn, anglicised Duncan, and Dunkin;[1] and Tormach (tormach, Irish, "an augmentation or increase"), the third son of the said Naradh, was the ancestor of O'Tormaigh, anglicised Tormey.


[1] Dunkin: William Dunkin, D.D., a friend of Swift and Delany, was probably of the family of the Rev. Patrick Dunkin, whose metrical Latin translations of some Irish "ranns" are acknowledged by Archbishop Usher. William Dunkin was ordained in 1735—in which year we find him repaying Swift's friendship and patronage by assisting him in his poetical controversy with Bettesworth. In 1737 Swift endeavoured to obtain for him an English living, writing of him: "He is a gentleman of much wit, and the best English as well as Latin poet in the Kingdom. He is a pious man, highly esteemed." This appeal was fruitless; Dunkin was, however, placed by Lord Chesterfield over the Endowed School of Enniskillen. He died about 1746. A collected edition of his poems and epistles appeared in two Vols, in 1774.