Individual pages for larger branches of McFaddens will be added as they are identified via DNA testing and/or old-fashioned research. The first page to be posted is that of The MacFadyens of Mull.
The MacFadyens of the Isle of Mull in Scotland may be the oldest recorded McFadden clan. Their story begins in the 14th century when Hector the Stern of the Clan MacLean was granted lands on Mull and found them already inhabited by MacFadyens. Hector was the founder of Clan Maclaine of Lochbuie and the MacFadyens would become a sept of that clan. Any McFaddens (or variants) with connections to Mull or the surrounding area, including the nearby isles of Tiree and Coll, are almost certainly affiliated with Clan Maclaine.
Some of the Maclaines converted from Catholicism in the early 17th century and variants of that surname are associated with The Plantation of Ulster. It is likely that many McFaddens who trace their line to Ulster, especially those that trace to the eastern counties, are descended from the MacFadyens of Mull.
Hopefully McFaddens with known ties to Mull will join our project and allow us to attempt to determine the Y-DNA signature(s) of that clan and compare them with other McFadden lines.
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