The Great Unsolved
Locate Reverend Stephen's "copybook"
He was interested in historical and Gaelic matters for which he was
made a member of the Royal Irish Academy in
1884. In addition, Rev. Stephen McTernan, 1811--1906, was a member of
the Societe Generale
in Paris, France
for which he received an annual sum of money. Reverend Stephen's
personal papers were uncovered in 1907, by Rev. Charles Comey, curate
of Cloonclare, Manorhamilton. The papers were found in St. Claire's
Chapel in Manorhamilton. Cloonclare was in the ancient parish of
Cloonloger, now included in the Catholic parish of Drumlease, Co.
Leitrim. More on his personal papers which are called the "Copybook"
Finding this may be a key to unlocking the wider McTernan family
history as Rev. Stephen kept this diary from childhood. Rev
Stephen is my 1st cousin, 3 generations removed in the T Group.
2. Understand the O'Rourke and McTernan connection in the Chapel
as it was the traditional burial place of the McTernans of Rockfield,
Mount Allen and Heapstown [and Sheskin] where large recumbent
flagstones mark their final resting places. In close proximity another
memorial links the families of O'Rourke and McTernan and is inscribed
as follows: Here lyeth the bodye of
Hugh O'Roirk and Catherine McTernan who departed this life May 22, 1721.
This is the mysterious gravestone that has the symbols of playing
cards, heart, spade, diamond and club along with the etching of a
cat. Tie one of the
future DNA testers to The O'Ruairc of Bréifne
family were the past kings of Drumahaire in Co Leitrim
3. Tie one of the DNA
testers to James McTernans, of the Rockfield McTernans a
British naval surgeon who was in the squadron which protected St.
Helena during the residence there of Napoleon, and was present on the
island at the death of that distinguished, but unfortunate monarch in
1821. James was also the surgeon on a British warship in the Chesapeak
Bay in the War of 1812. In historical documents the Rockfield
McTernans and the Heapstown McTernans [ Rory's line in the T group baseline ] are called
kinsmen and are related.
4. Understand the meaning of the 4,000 year old
Cairn located on Rory's Heapstown
family estate. What might be the connection to Rory's McTernan family who are
in the T Group baseline.
5. The McTernan School:
located in Waterbury, CT.
In 2005, St. Margaret's-McTernan school changed its name to Chase Collegiate School.
The new name honors the Chase family, which helped to found both St.
Margaret's and the McTernan
School. Charles McTernan from Foxbourgh, MA founded the
school. Male line may descend from Charles' uncle, Patrick,
1863--, who was born in Boston. Charles' son Donald married
and lived in France having two daughters. This family originally
immigrated to the Boston area from Co Leitrim. Long shot for DNA match.
6. Jane Aloyaia McTernan, 1888--, born in Calcutta station,
Bengal, India. To which DNA group does she belong.
7. Thomas McTiernan, 1883--1893, died at 10 years old at the
army station of Mount Abu which is a popular hill
station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan
state in western India near the border with Gujarat. There is
no mention of his parents in records.
8. Bernardette McTiernan, 1890--1893, most likely the sister of Thomas
above. Died at the army station of Mount Abu which is a popular hill
station in the Aravalli Range in Sirohi district of Rajasthan
state in western India near the border with Gujarat.
There is no mention of her parents in records.
9. Whereabouts of the
McTernan Stone, an excessively heavy round stone thrown by Thomas
McTernan known as Long Tom from Ardvoley, the grandfather of John-Rev
in the T Group baseline. The
stone thereafter was known as the McTernan Stone. The Stone lies
now in the area of Killavoggy.
Co. Leitrim on the banks of the Shannon/Erne canal system in South
Leitrim. About 7.1 KM from Carrick on Shannon. Why was it named
Tirmactiernan and what if any connection to any in the DNA test.
might be our connection to Rathmactiernane,
a townland in Killoran parish, Co Sligo listed in the Hearth roll of 1665
with Cahill McTanist?
12. A horse by
the name of MacTiernan is racing in Dublin for the 2010 to 2012
season. He is running well, previously owned by Christine
Kiernan. Why did she
name the horse MacTiernan ?
13. Cathal Mac Tigernan was King of West Connacht... died
1059... which means he predates the O'Rourkes. Áed in Gai Bernaig, King of
from 1056 to 1067, had invaded and conquered Maigh Seóla in 1051, blinding its king.
mac Tigernán is the next ruler of the kingdom recorded upon his
14. Origin of the 3 ring forts in the townland of Listernan, Co Cavan
and why, the name which in Gaelic means Ternan's fort ?
15. So far none of the
MacTighernans genetically match either The O'Ruairc or The O'Conor Don
but the T Group baseline is a perfect match to Michael O'Rourke.
16. The unfinished list of all MacTiernans who were killed or served in
their country's armed services the many wars for Freedom starting with
the Leitrim Plantation Wars and ending with WW II, http://mctiernan.com/mwardead.htm
Solved so far
17. The pamphlet written in 1845 by James MacTernan, <1815--1855, of
the Mount Allen McTernans that settled at Heapstown, in Co. Sligo
entitled: "An Address to my Fellow
Countrymen", in which James claimed descent from Tiernan
O'Rourke, Prince of Breffni. Found by John C. McTernan. This
James McTernan also invented a new breed of horse called the Buckshot
Chestnut. This is Rory MacTiernan's family in the T Group baseline.
18. The McTernan Street
in Cambridge, MA, USA
formerly Lake St. right outside of County Boston. This is Myles
McTernan's family: Te DNA Group
Road, Tinderry, NSW, Australia 2626: is named after the pioneering
McTernan family of the area, descending from Hugh and
Mary McTernan of Michelago of which Scott (AU) & Richard descend in
the Ta DNA Group
20. Origin of McTernan
Worrigee, NSW, Australia 2540: is probably named after Barney
McTernan, Hugh's son who lived down there and had a
stagecoach business of which Scott (AU) & Richard descend in the Ta DNA Group
McTernan Park, the mother of Richard in the Ta DNA Group, a
park in Naracoorte, South Australia, Australia, named after Gwladys
22. Origin of McTiernan
Close, Wilsonton, QLD, Australia 4350: probably named after Sir
Edward McTiernan who relates to Leo McTiernan in the T3 Group
a road in downtown Minto named on 9-2-2013 by the Village of Minto, New
Brunswick, Canada after the long history of the family in fire
prevention. This is Michael (CN)'s family in the T DNA Group.
24. Bartholemew E. McTiernan, 12-11-1877--12-6-1917, born and
died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Bartholemew, his mother
Margaret Gilroy and his wife Frances Caroline Gough were all killed in
the famous Halifax explosion
which was and still is the largest man made explosion after the atom
bomb. Bartholemew is the great grand uncle of Greg McTiernan in
the T2 DNA Group.
McTiernan, a lake in Quebec, Canada, a 7 hour dirve north of Ottawa
and 5 hours north of Montreal. Lac McTiernan was named after William
McTiernan born in Bryson, Canada. He worked for the Canadian
International Paper Company in the early 1930s. To find out more
about the man and his father, David McTiernan, both worked in the back
country of Gatineau River, read the following book, particularly
chapters 14 and 15, Crawford, Venetia, et Gunda Lambton. The
Wildest Rivers -- the Oldest Hills; Tales of the Gatineau and Pontic,
Maitland, Ontario. Canadian International Paper Company may have
been bought by E. B. Eddy Company. The family had a home in the
Mason Lumber camp operated be the E. B. Eddy Company.
A second historical opinion on "McTiernan lake" in the
Gatineau hills which may not necessarily be named after a man that
lived in Bryson by the name of William McTiernan, as Venetia
Crawford explains in her book. William was the 2nd cousin, 2
generations removed of Thomas John McTiernan. Tom, was born and raised
in Bryson, Quebec, but this "McTiernan lac" was named by him as a
Tom worked in
cartography for Energy, Mines and Resources for 35 years. In the late
70's he and his buddy Dan Lacelle came across quite a few "un-named"
lakes in the Gatineau's. They thought it would be funny to name
some lakes after themselves. I would have probably believed Venetia
Crawford's story if I would not have found this pamphlet
internet. Now - what are the chances that this hunting and fishing
lodge is situated on the McTiernan and Lacelle lakes? Tom and his buddy
Dan (and probably another 5 or 6 guys) used to go fishing together all
the time in those days. However, it is a surprise that the names
stayed and that these lakes are now known as the McTiernan and Lacelle
some time ago. This is
Maggie's & Thomas' family in the T Group.
Colour of the Year This
award is conveyed in honour of Irene McTernan, former Edinburgh
University Sports Union Administrator (1980-2011), and awarded to the
most outstanding Colour of the Year. Colours are approved by the Blues
and Colours Committee and recognise exceptional and sustained service
to the organisation, delivery and/or administration of a University
Sports Club or EU Sports Union. This award is confined to
University of Edinburgh students and was introduced in 2011 to mark the
retirement of Mrs McTernan after 31 years of dedicated service to EU
Sports Union. Her husband is in the T DNA Group baseline.
27. Maria McTernan Leadership Award is given annually by the Charles
in County Boston, MA to the
most deserving person who has assisted in their
of programs and services for over 950 children and adults with
developmental disabilities. Maria was the Chief Development
Officer for the Center.
, being one of the stagecoach founders is now a major
character in the book, "Coachmen of the Nowra District" in
Australia. Scott (AU) & Richard in the Ta DNA Group relate to
If anyone has any information on any of the remaining unsolved
let me know