For Group 1 at Family Tree DNA McKee Group consisting of 19 members we have the following hypothesis:
Kit N64222 Craig McKie is a proven Kirkcudbright Scotland descendantwith his ancestors having moved to Tasmania first quarter of nineteenthcentury and descendants returning to England from Tasmania second half of nineteenth century.Craig McKie's direct lineage did not live in Ireland.
Craig McKie is our Group 1 direct link to southwest Scotland.
FTDNA computes 24 generations is 24 x 30 years = 740 years before present and that would put the relevant reference year at c. 1270 AD.
We know for a more or less certainty due to Bannockburn in 1314 and subsequent land grants c. 1325 that Craig's lot were in Galloway at that point, and specifically in Kirkcudbrightshire and surrounds (Larg, The Rhinns, Dundrennan, Dumfries, etc.)Craig's father had the middle name of Galloway.
A common ancestor for Craig and the five first listed below existed c.1270 andhe most likely lived in Galloway. Thus, assuming the calculations below are correct, all the persons listed below must be Scots of Gael origin,probably Cinel Loarn, descendents of Gaelsliving in Scotland for many generations (either in Galloway or come down from Strathnaver), speaking Gaelic, with a primary cultural, military and political affiliation to the Connachton faction historically fronted by the Lord of the Isles, Donald, on Skye.
If the first five listed below find later evidence points to Ulster, then the conclusion must be that they descend from Scottish Plantation era immigrants.
That's how we see things now. All subject to revision in light of much data likely to emerge in the coming years. We still think there will be a master migration map hidden in the sequence of mutation accretion.
Craig McKie's yDNA matches with several McKee Group members follow with the data being used from the FTDNA tip reports at 67 markers:
FTDNA Kit 76794 shared a common ancestor with N64222 at 24 generationsis 98.79%.
Kit 187442 at 24 generations is 98.65%.
Kit 127187 at 24 generations is 95.55%.
Kit 151014 at 24 generations is 89.84%.
Kit 88883 at 24 generations is 85.65%.
Further matches with Group 1 members at 37 markers at 24 generations:
151780 33/37 for 97.04% 93539 33/37 for 96.90% 171920 32/37 for 89.64% 147469 32/37 for 89.29% 74988 32/37 for 89.64% 205205 32/37 for 92.46% 194487 31/37 for 92.02% 106158 31/37 for 89.68%
One member at 111 markers (127187 McKee) matches 95.55% and Craig McKie's 111 marker test results only have one more panel for being finished and only 1 gd off with 127187 on the additional panels so far.(Final panel shows 1 further gd for a final count of 109/111 between N64222 and 127187.)