DALTUIN, DATON, DOLTON, DAULTON
Our Clan Dalton surname study is genetic genealogy at it’s finest
- scientific and historical. Your potential DNA matches will align
you with other family researchers, who share your Dalton roots.
Our DNA analysis will help you uncover your ancestral heritage.
We'll investigate your genetic and genealogical connections.
We’re all of Celtic descent and appear to have arrived with
Strongbow or Hugh de Lacy in the 12th century. Extensive research
indicates grants of land were received through de Lacy, Governor
of Dublin and Lord of Meath. These estates were numerous and the
D’Alton’s became the Lords of Rathconrath.
Nicholas D’Alton’s line was banished froM Westmeath in 1406. Are
they the ancient Kildalton Dalton’s of Piltown/Owning, near
Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary?
Hugh (Redmond) Dalton deeded land (Calendar of Ormond Deeds,
Volume 1) in the early 15th century to the Butler’s of the King.
The land between Jerpoint Abbey in County Kilkenny and the
Slievenamon in County Tipperary was known as Dalton’s Country.
The Daltons were singled out by Henry's Court, because they
practiced Irish Tanistry, Brehon laws and elected a Chieftain to
represent themselves. (McNicholl) In 1406, 'The Dalton' banished
the line of Nicholas from the country of Westmeath and they may
have settled in the area known as the Golden Vale.
A book authored by Colonel Eoghan O'Neill, THE GOLDEN VALE OF
IVOWEN:BETWEEN SLIEVENAMON AND SUIR sheds new light on the
subject. Permission to reprint was given to K.T. Dalton-Mapstone
by Teresa Nolan at email@example.com. The following
passages were extracted by the late Barbara McDonald, who was of
the Kilcash Dalton line.
in County Clare
"James Wall of Coolnamuck in Clare was assigned 600 acres...around
him were many of his former neighbours in Waterford and Tipperary
– Jeffrey Prendergast of Newcastle, Hugh Neale of Ballyneale, his
cousin John Butler of Ballycloghy, his brother-in-law Richard
Power of Feddans and his nephew James Everard of Glyn. In June,
they were joined by Edmund Dalton of Kildalton, Piltown, who had
been assigned 500 acres."
and the Ponsonbys
"Before the Cromwellian Plantations, the parish of Owning had been
held partly by the Walshes of the Mountain, and partly by the
Daltons of Kildalton, the modern Piltown. After the Cromwellian
Wars these Daltons and Walshes were dispossessed and transplanted,
and the lands confiscated and initially the whole of the modern
parish of Piltown was granted to the Cromwellian, Colonel
Ponsonby, the captor of Carrick-on-Suir. The Ponsonbys built a
magnificent mansion in Kildalton and renamed it Bessborough –
after Elizabeth, the wife of the head of the family. They were
eventually created Earls of Bessborough and maintained the
residence, as landlords of the district, right down to this
century (20th). The name of this house has since been restored to
the old name, Kildalton. As had happened in the case of many of
the Cromwellian grantees, the Ponsonbys came to Ireland without
wives, and in this case, according to long established local
tradition, one of the family married a daughter of the previous
owners, the Daltons, who were anxious to regain some portion of
their original property as tenants. The Daltons had been members
of a closely related and associated network of families in the
area within a few miles of Carrick on Suir in Pre-Cromwellian days
- Butlers of Kilcash, Walls of Coolnamuck, and Figlashe, Tobins of
the Compsey, Walshes of the Mountain, Mandevilles of Ballydine,
O'Neills of Ballyneill. According to tradition, two generations of
the Daltons lived on with the Ponsonbys in Kildalton. The O'Neill
family tradition is that with the help of the Daltons, Conn
O’Neill became a tenant at Owning, where he and his descendants
held a farm and mill from the Ponsonbys.
to the Lands
"There was another case which affected the lands of Kildalton, at
Piltown in the same parish as Owning. Again, after the Cromwellian
Settlement, these lands were given to Colonel Ponsonby. This
settlement was never, of course, accepted by the Daltons. By the
late 18th century, the Ponsonbys, who had renamed Kildalton as
Bessborough, were still the legal owners, and the head of the
family, the Earl of Bessborough, was the landlord of the area -
including the O’Neill holding at Owning. However, the last of the
Daltons of Kildalton in the senior line was still living. He was a
cooper by trade in Carrick, but was extremely poor, and his
daughter used to walk the roads around Carrick, Piltown and Owning
seeking alms from the descendants of the tenants of the Daltons'
former lands. By 1800, when Dalton was on his deathbed, still
speaking of his rights, Lord Bessborough sent his agent, Peter
Walsh of Belline, to offer him £400 (an enormous sum to a man in
Dalton's circumstances), and to plead with him to desist from his
claims. The offer was haughtily refused."
K.T. Dalton-Mapstone, Project Organizer, has been conducting Clan
Dalton research and development since 2003. Her analysis lends
credence to the theory that the County Clare Daltons were
Kildalton Daltons. Still from County Westmeath, but via Kildalton,
many centuries later!
Clan Dalton has a very distinctive haplotype, which incorporates
our genetic signature. Our R1b1 migration brought us to the
Iberian Peninsula, where we likely spent the Ice Age between the
Douro and Tagus Rivers. Clan Dalton's unique YCA IIa of 22 and YCA
IIb of 23 were acquired during this glacial epoch. Those showing a
high incidence of these markers, alone, descend from the Lusitani
and are Indo Europeans.
This phenomenon is part of a three-step mutation. The DYS 390 with
its corresponding allele value of 21 is also part of our Clan
Dalton signature. This is an anomaly, as it varies radically from
the Atlantic Modal, which is the standard for the British Isles.
Less than 6%, worldwide, have this marker. It's rarely mentioned
in comparative studies.
There are other surnames that share our unique, Dalton signature
and they are being researched with good result. Dalton markers may
be present in these surnames due to an exception regarding the law
of primogeniture. Usually, the eldest male inherited.
If there were no sons to inherit, the eldest daughter could
receive the estate.
The daughter would take a husband, who would in turn take his
wife's surname. This would ensure the continuity of her surname,
albeit by proxy. One such instance occurred in the greater
Kildalton area of Carrick-on-Suir, which is one of our ancient
The Clan Dalton DNA Project enjoys spectacular results in many
different areas. Genetic cousins have been introduced across three
Begin your personal adventure into genetic genealogy. It’s
easy. Contact our Clan Dalton website at Family Tree DNA: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/ClanDalton/
Your kit will arrive in the mail. It will include everything
you need to test your DNA. A return envelope is enclosed.
Testing is a painless procedure. Rub the swabs on the inside of
your cheeks. Do it twice, just to be certain. The swabs are
then secured in a solution for transit.
Y-DNA and SNP testing will return results regarding your specific
paternal line. From Father to Son your forebears have passed down
the genetic makeup of your Dalton branch. Y-DNA is available
for males only.
The Seven Daughters of Eve reference one or more of the
corresponding mitochondrial haplogroups. mtDNA is the
ancient lineage from Mother to Daughter. A Mother can also
pass mtDNA to her Son. He cannot pass this mtDNA to his
children. mtDNA tests are available for males and females.
You have eight pairs of Great Great Grandparents and our Autosomal
DNA will match their descendants. aDNA can help you scale
that brick wall, answer adoption questions or locate a common
There are twenty-two pairs of autosomes that will identify
relationships within your matches. Your X chromosome will also
provide matches. Males have an X from their Mom and females have
an X from both parents. Autosomal DNA testing is available for
both males and females.
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