A fascinating insight. Many thanks. I wonder exactly why we were airbrushed from history? ...I wonder what the polictics entailed in the 14th century.I agree with you regarding the Sweeney websites. They're not much use and quite frustrating. I would be extremely interested in reading your ancestry research - have you published this on the interent or otherwise? I managed to find an old tartan reference book in the Edinburgh woollen mill (next to the castle) at the end of last year ,which lists Sweeney / Swiney as an old 14th Century southern Irish clan. I imagine the family had spread quite widely by then. Where did your trail go cold? 12th century? I live in Manchester, and would love to visit the Isle of Man - especially with your insight ! maybe there's some futher reference yet to be traced over there?