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Re: The Descendants of Farquhar McRae
Posted by: Penelope Chisholm-Marino (ID *****3165) Date: September 21, 2004 at 16:27:43
In Reply to: Re: The Descendants of Farquhar McRae by Mary Ann Hubbell of 391

To shed some light on the various surnames of Margaret Smith/Gow (?) who married the MacRae. Gow is the English spelling of the Gaelic word for blacksmith. Smith of course means blacksmith in the loosest sense of the surname. The recorder which recorded Margaret's last name as Gow may have been a Gaelic speaker. The recorder who recorded Margaret's surname as Smith may have been an English speaker or both. It is likely Margaret stated her gaelic surname for some purpose, which was then later translated by someone as Smith. This may not be what actually happened, but I suspect it was. Other Smith surnames include Smyth, MacGowan, MacGoughan, etc. There are various other spellings for Gow as well.

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