Welcome to my Macalister history web site!
If you have questions or suggestions or just want to say hello, you can contact me at
Here are some other useful sites for Macalister research:
- Clan MacAlister Society
- Clan McAlister of America
- Families in British India Society
- Anglo-Boer War website
- Scottish Emigration Database
- Scotland’s People (official genealogy site – £)
- Cyndi’s List
- Clan Macalister Australia
PLEASE NOTE: In blog posts, where full source information is not given, that information can be found in my list of sources.
Donald Macalister is my step brother and Betty is my Step Aunt.
Hi Lynn, Thanks for putting together the new blog page… I hope it will get lots of hits and become a top favorite… Dennis
Hello there I am so grateful I found your blog, I really found you by error, while I was searching on Askjeeve for
something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say many thanks for a incredible
post and a all round entertaining blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to look over it all at
the moment but I have saved it and also included your RSS feeds,
so when I have time I will be back to read a lot more, Please do keep up the superb jo.
Glad you like it, and thanks for saying so! 🙂
Hi Lynn, Was walking in Kintyre above Killean the other day and came upon a gravestone in a very secluded place in the forest. The inscription on the stone states = James Macalister Hall Killean & Tangy Aug. 1 1922. Know that you have researched him and will forward pics to you of the stone if you want.
That would be great, thanks! We were there last year, and will be back this autumn, but usually in too much a hurry (friends to see elsewhere in Scotland) to see much.
Pictures of stone in the forest above Killean as promised. John Ferguson
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:17:51 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org
They’re not showing up. Did you post them to the blog?
Tried to post them to the blog but obviously didnt work. If you send me your E mail add will send them to you personally. John Ferguson
You can send them to me at
I stumbled upon this stone the other day aswell, and a Google search of the inscription led me here. I had no idea it was someone so significant, in such a secluded place in the forest. Quite fascinating
Glad you found us, Andrew. Kind of makes you wonder who else might be buried in odd places whose markers just haven’t survived – or been discovered, doesn’t it?
So thankful to you guys for this blog. I finally found my Great gran-dad, Anthony W McAllister from the FIBIS link. Thank you!
Wow – how exciting! Thanks for telling me! 🙂
Max – haven’t forgotten you, we’ve just been crazy busy. This is the best address for the Macalister Australia site? let me know and I will add the link.
YES LYNN.MY ORIGINAL MACALISTER WEBSITE ADDRESS WAS …..WWW.VICNET.NET.GOV/~CLANMACA,I THINK YOU CAN STILL ACCESS IT BUT IT IS NOW THROUGH …..WWW.ROOTSWEB.GOV,THEN LINK , CLAN MACALISTER.
THOUGHT YOU HAD ALREADY DONE THAT SOME TIME AGO
ANYHOW LYNN, MY COMPUTER TECH. HAS ADDED THAT INFORMATION ON THE BOTTOM OF MY SIGNATURE
COP THIS BIG XMAS KISS FOR YOU…….XXXXX
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I’m visiting Scotland and I’m a McAllister, and I was wondering if you could help me because I would like to know if there is anywhere I can join and learn more about where my family Heritage
There are two Macalister organisations in North America – Clan Macalister Society (clanmacalistersociety.org), which focuses on heritage, Highland games, etc., and Clan McAlister of America (clanmcalister.org), which focuses on genealogy, dna research, etc. If you take a look at the timeline attached to this blog, you will find a chronology of the clan’s history that might be of help. Please feel free to contact me off page (email@example.com) if you want to talk about your upcoming trip as I might be able to make some MacAlister-related suggestions for you there.
And we Alexanders are tuned in, too….Dr. Stan
My 2nd great grandmother was Lizzie (Cora) McAllister (New Brunswick, Canada) and her father was Alexander McAllister (abt 1842) from Ireland. Alexander’s great grandfather, Charles McAllister (abt 1750, my 5th great grandfather). I can not find any information past Charles McAllister, but stumbled on this group 🙂 shout out from NB, Canada!
Thanks Lynn…. For keeping this site open….
I have an ancestor I would like for you to see if you can find for me…
Chief William and I are cousins…. We have a common ancestor six generations back according to FT DNA records…. I asked him to send me the family tree that he used to prove his lineage to the Lord Lyon when he and Glenbarr, Angus Macalister, were both trying to secure the Title of Chief of Clan MacAlister but he has not been responsive…. Not sure why because we otherwise have a good relationship… I have been his Official Representative in America for some 20 years now… I paid for his FT DNA testing and through that found we were cousins…
I think we are talking a common ancestor around 1600 to 1700 time frame… I think that I have a lynk to Cushendale, Ireland to that common ancestor. I found a headstone of a Donald married to the Daughter of Loop in the old Layd Church yard around that time… FT DNA cousin Brad McAllister knows his family family immigrated from Cushendall… Brad is a Fourth Generation cousins and a seventh generation cousin to William and I assume that same common ancestor…. I read somewhere that there were sons of the Chief, possibly twins, that spent time in Cushendall, possibly visiting with their sister who was married to Donald…
I am stopped at finding my family beyond William McAllister,b.1820 He married a McCann but in a Church in Scotland. It is all a big mystery to me and I have been looking for 20 years and don’t have a lot of time left to find the link to William….
I would be delighted to have you take a look for me and I am more than willing to compensate you for your efforts… Let me know if you are interested and I will send you what I have….
Slainte, Dennis I. McAllister
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