About this time of the year, we ALL seem to want to claim Irish roots. WHY--perhaps because the Irish are such colorful people---perhaps they seem to have tons of fun---surely not because of the oppression they lived under or the dire hardships they suffered over the centuries.
Anyway----Momma was a "Genealogy NUT"---I think she was always searching for the royalty that she was convinced she came from. She certainly always wanted to be treated like the "Queen". Due to her diligence, I knew her Daddy's side of the tree had Scot-Irish ancestors---The McPherson Clan to be exact. The Scots migrated to Ireland LONG ago due to oppression and to become affluent landowners in the beautiful Irish countryside.
BC-was convinced that his ancestors came from Ireland---the O'Convilles. We took a trip to Ireland in '01 to see the home of his ancestors. One of our guides was a "True Irishman" and seemed to know the genealogical details of EVERY TRUE Irish family. He could have given the Israelites a run for their money when it came to reciting family lines! When BC proudly told him of his Irish roots, the man instantly shot him down and snarled your clan is "Scot-Irish". You would have thought they had some disease that ran through the family! MY ARE THOSE IRISH SNOBBISH ABOUT THEIR LINEAGE!
So in honor of St Patty's Day---and to all that may legitimately claim green blood--
HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY
but heed my warning---you better have the pedigree and papers when making the claim to any "TRUE IRISHMAN"!