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The surname Strain, which is quite numerous in north County Donegal, has a distinguished family history which stretches way back to early medieval times.

Published in Donegal
Friday, 25 March 2011 12:33

The McCabe Galloglass Family

The arrival of well armed mercenaries (gallóglaigh ~ foreign warriors), to Ireland from the Gaelic Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the late medieval period, greatly contributed to the growth in the military power of the major Gaelic Irish chieftains who could afford to hire a galloglass constable with his company of warriors and reward them with grants of land and many other priviledges.

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