Note: The McKennan family of Western Pennsylvania is descended from the clan MacKinnon, of Skye, which was thus described by Monroe, dean of the Isles, in 1594: "At the shore of Skye lyes one iyle called Pabay, full of woods, good for fishing, and a main shelter for thieves and cut-throats. It pertains to M'Kynnoun". This ancient tribe can be traced to Ferchar Oig, and includes Finlay, the son of Fingon, from whom sprang the Clan Fingon. The name occurs in many a feud and strife during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. In a history of the clan we are told that in the charter chests of Lochbuy there is preserved a charter to which John MacKinnon, abbot of Iona, affixed his seal as one of the council of the lords of Isles who were forfeited in 1476. He died in 1500, the date on his tomb in Iona. Not far from it is the tomb of his father, Lauchlan, inscribed thus: "Haec est crux Lacolani M'Fingone, et ejus filli Johannis Abbatis de y facta anno Domini MCCCCLXXXIX". In 1503 Mackinnon of that ilk is mentioned among the chiefs to take action against Duart and Lo-chiel, forfeited for treason. In 1515 the MacKinnons took part in the rebellion of Sir Donald, of Lochalsh; and Ewennan Cath, the chief, was summoned for acts of rebellion, in 1545. In 1579 Fynnoun MacKynnoun, of Strathardill, and Lachlane Oig, his son, were reported to the king, together with Lochbuy and the MacLeans, by John, bishop of the Isles, for preventing him receiving the rents of his see. MacKinnon and his clan accompanied the MacLeans on an expedition against the MacDonalds, when a desperate conflict ensued at a place called Bern Bigs. This was soon after the battle of Lochgruinard, in 1598. The MacKinnons served under Montrose, and in 1645 were at the battles of Inverlochy and Auldearn. In 1650 Lachlan MacKinnon and his clan fought for the king, at Worcester. In 1715 John Dhu MacKinnon of that ilk with one hundred and fifty of his clan, fought for King James, at Sheriffmuir, and was attainted, but pardoned in 1727. The clan was "out" in the year 1745, and fought at Culloden; their old chief was taken, and after being long a prisoner in the tower and Tilbury Fort, died in his seventy-fifth year, in 1756.
Rev. William McKennan, the ancestor of the McKennan family, of Washington, Pennsylvania, came to America about 1750. He was born of Scotch lineage in the north of Ireland, in 1719. He was licensed by the Newcastle Presbytery before May, 1752, and was sent by the Synod of Philadelphia to supply North and South Mountains, Timber Grove, North River and Cook's Creek, and at John Hinson's in Virginia. He spent seven or eight months in the south. Before May, 1756, he was settled at Wilmington and Red Clay. He resigned the charge of the First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington in 1794, but continued at Red Clay until his death. He was venerated for his years and his piety. He died at Red Clay, Pennsylvania, in 1809, and is buried in the Red Clay Creek burying ground. He married --- Wilson, of Winchester, Virginia. --- Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania
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