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Galloway Origins and from Tait to Walter

Updated October 25, 2001

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I've been working on this for years now, but have just decided to get organized and record what I've gathered w/ help over the years.
In the years of the Roman and Silurian wars, around 67 A.D. There was a Greek named Gadelus who sailed for Egypt. Whether he was a merchant, soldier or both is unclear. I speculate he was both at some time. Because when Rome began to topple the Egyptian Empire under Cleopatra's reign, he (Gadelus) returned to Greece with his ships and began a pilgrimage of his people.
Albanian born with Gaelic ancestry (Gauls) he and his congregation arrived on the western shores of Scotland. Gadelus was familiar with this land so far away from home. He had travelled, traded, and fought in many places and this seemed out of Romes' reach. It was for a long time.
These strangers to this strange land eventually found alliance with the clans. They brought Mediterranean technology to a primitive country. When the Roman soldiers arrived in Galloway, Scotland (named after the strangers,Gaelic)they were met with far greater numbers and strength than they were prepared for.
These "barbarians" had weapons of modern warfare and tactics. The Romans, unprepared for what they encountered were defeated and retreated from Galloway and it's Northern neighbors. They would eventually return as would others(English) and over the centuries aid in the migration of the Galloway ancestors.
Now, I've heard the stories about Galloway's being cattle theives and such. Fact is the Galloway's were in (Scotland) and defended her when the English were defeated and whipped by Rome. They were beaten into submission for centuries and only when Rome began it's fall in the 6th century did England begin to reestablish itself.
Another half a millenium later, did the English finally establish themselves as a country and decide Scotland was theirs. Galloways and other Scotsmen weren't about to put up with this. The Crown says, "All is Mine" including your wives,land,livestock,etc. that would make an outlaw of us all.
During the American Revolution we were traitors, renegades, murderers, etc.
So, be careful when you hear these stories about someone being this or that. Remember, history is generally written by the oppressors!
Enough of history for now.

 
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