MacShane is a patronymic surname originating in Ireland. The surname
evolved from the given name Shane, a derivative of John, of Hebrew
origin. Early records spelled the name Mac Seáin or Mac Seagháin.
Historically, the MacShanes from
Ulster are a branch of the O'Neills,
while in County Kerry, the surname was adopted by the Fitzmaurices.
MacShane is uncommon as a given name.
This surname was also the name given to the group of sons of Shane "An
Diomas O'Neill", Prince of Ulster, Lord O'Neill, and Chief of all the
O'Neill clans from 1558-1567. When he died, his ten or more sons were
spread out among family within
Ulster and Scotland. In the early 1580s
they regrouped and for nearly a decade battled with their O'Neill
cousins for dominance of
Ulster and their father and grandfather's
estate, the Earldom of Tyrone. The English officials used the term
"the Mac Shanes" (the sons of Shane) as an all encompassing term to
describe many sons that made up this army in Ireland. Two specific
families in Ireland, both descendants of Shane O'Neill, kept the
nickname as a surname; the MacShanes in modern southern County
Londonderry, and the MacShanes of Mayo. Over time both shortened their
surname to McShane, and then eventually translated the name to Johnson
(Shane is Irish Gaelic for John). Major General Sir William Johnson
had his surname developed in this method. In the past century, the use
of McShane as a surname in Ireland, Scotland, and Australia has
Sons of Shane
Shane had at least ten sons by his various wives. All of these ten are
considered legitimate, but there may be others of a base origin. Many
of them were later fostered in various O'Neill clans after their
father's death, and eventually became the rival force to Hugh O'Neill
in his climb to power in the 1580-1600 timeframe. His known sons are:
Shane Og, mother was Catherine MacDonnell. He died in 1581 on a raid,
was O'Neill tanist in 1579.
MacShane O'Neill, His mother was Catherine MacDonnell, he died
1622. Father of Sir Henry O'Neill and Con Boy McHenry. Perhaps the
most famous of Shane's sons. Granted a large Estate in Orior County
MacShane O'Neill, died in 1630. Mother was either the daughter of
Maguire or Catherine MacLean, sources disagree. He invaded
Ulster in 1583 with 3000 Scottish warriors and was named the Tanist of
The O'Neill in the 1580s. During the 9 Years War, he fought against
his cousin the Earl and was rewarded with a large estate (1500 acres)
and the Manor lordship of Clabbye in Fermanagh. He played a part in
Ulster politics until his death in 1630/1. His sons continued to serve
Ireland and abroad. Two of his grandsons were made Spanish Counts.
Turlough, mother was Catherine
MacDonnell of the Route. Died 1598.
Hugh Gaveloch, died in 1590, most popular of the Mac Shanes. Led an
army of Scots to invade
Ulster to claim O'Neill Mór title. Retired
and was captured and hung by his 1st cousin, the Earl of Tyrone.
Naill, mother thought to have been Catherine O'Donnell.
Art, mother was Catherine MacLean, died escaping from Dublin Castle
with Red Hugh O'Donnell.
Brian Laighneach, mother was Catherine MacLean, died after 1598.
Edmond, died fighting against his cousin Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone.
Hugh McShane O'Neill, mother was Catherine MacLean, died in 1621.
Became Chief of the O'Neill sept inside Glenconkeyne forest and known
from that point on as the "MacShanes". (Sources point to the fact that
Hugh may have been the son of Conn Mac Shane).
Cormac, mother was Catherine MacLean, died after 1603. Stayed with
MacShane as did his son Cormac Boy.
Rose married into the
Sir William Johnson, 1st Baronet
Denis MacShane (born 1948), British politician
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