Paul McCartney

by ethnic on February 21, 2010

Birth Name: James Paul McCartney

Place of Birth: Liverpool North, Lancashire, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 18 June, 1942

Ethnicity: Irish, English, Manx/Isle of Man, Ulster-Scots, Scottish, at least 1/32 Welsh

Paul McCartney is a British singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and actor. He was a member of the band The Beatles, along with George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Paul is the son of Mary Patricia (Mohin) and James McCartney. Paul is married to Nancy Shevell. He was previously married to musician, photographer, and animal rights activist Linda McCartney, until her death, and to model and anti-landmine campaigner Heather Mills. He has five children: four, including fashion designer Stella McCartney, with Linda; and a daughter with Heather.

His father was of Irish, English, Isle of Man/Manx, Ulster-Scots, Scottish, and 1/16th Welsh, ancestry. His mother was of Irish, and some English, descent.

Paul’s paternal grandfather was Joseph McCartney (the son of James McCartney and Elizabeth Williams). James was the son of James McCartney, who was from Ireland, and of Ann Tate, who was born in Scotland, or of Sarah Tomlinson. Elizabeth was the daughter of George Williams and Eliza Whitfield; her own grandfather, William Williams, was Welsh, from Mold, Flintshire.

Paul’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Florence Clegg (the daughter of Paul Clegg and Jane Claque/Clague). Paul and Jane were born on the Isle of Man, with Jane being from St Anne. Paul was the son of Robert Clegg and Elizabeth Commish/Comish. Jane was the daughter of Thomas Claque/Clague and Esther Kneen.

Paul’s maternal grandfather was Owen Mohan/Mohin (the son of Owen Mohan and Mary McGeogh). Paul’s grandfather Owen was born in Tullynamalrow, County Monaghan, Ireland, and changed his surname from Mohan to Mohin. Paul’s great-grandfather Owen was the son of Michael Mohan. Mary was the daughter of Michael McGough.

Paul’s maternal grandmother was Mary Theresa Danher (the daughter of John Danaher/Danher/Dahnher and Jane Baines). John was born in Limerick, Ireland, the son of John Danaher. Jane was English, born in Dudley, England, the daughter of John Beanes/Baines and Elizabeth Cook.

Sources: Genealogies of Paul McCartney –

Family history of Paul McCartney –

Genealogies of Paul McCartney (focusing on his father’s side) –

Notes on Paul McCartney’s ancestry –

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madman January 9, 2018 at 5:14 pm

Paul’s McCartney-ancestors are of Ulster-Scots origin; his sixth great-grandfather, Andrew MacIntosh, was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, to Scottish parents. How much of Paul’s father’s ancestry is Ulster-Scots is unclear; the family converted to Catholicism at some point.

AdamMartin March 3, 2018 at 11:52 am

Well then just say he is of Scottish origin on that side.

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:26 am

I agree that Scotland’s peak in terms of scientific achievement was in the past, but to suggest that the Irish were on the same par is ridiculous. And of the significant Irish inventors that existed during that time, a lot of them were Anglo or Scots Irish. I’m not having a go at the Irish, I’m just sick of so many people of this site putting down Scotland and England or exaggerating Ireland’s relevance.

andrew June 26, 2016 at 3:11 am
crunty February 25, 2016 at 10:14 am

His family were mostly Irish Catholics (like a quarter of Liverpool) who converted to Anglicanism.

madman February 25, 2016 at 10:11 am

1. James McCartney’s mother, Ann Tate, was born in Scotland
2. Jane Clague was born in St Anne, Isle of Man
3. Jane Baines was English, born in Dudley, England

athelya November 25, 2015 at 4:48 pm

he looks nothing like he did in the 60s.. even in the 70s he looks nothing like he did. I’m starting to believe this Paul is really a fraud, i mean tall with blue eyes? really? the opposite of what he was in the 60s.

ses101 October 23, 2015 at 2:51 pm

He definitely has some Scottish blood way back – his brother did some research that confirmed it. The actual name McCartney is Scottish as well.

As a Scotsman myself, I get a bit frustrated how Scotland seems to get ignored a lot on this site. Lots of Americans are referred to as being of Irish descent when they have Scottish names, and in reality their ancestors probably moved from Scotland to America via a spell in Northern Ireland.

AdamMartin May 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

I completely disagree.They are being referred to as “Scots Irish” in these cases.Somebody on this site as at pains to make clear distinctions between the two.
It all depends on how far you want to go back.The McCartney surname has its origins in Ireland.Paul’s McCartney line probably returned to Ireland 800 years ago as part of the Gallowglass,long before the plantations.
If you want to start going on about Irish names vs Scottish then you are getting into a very grey area.There is a lot of crossover.
Paul is certainly a Gael.If the Scots wish to dispense with that part of their heritage then that’s their problem.

andrew July 6, 2015 at 4:05 pm

he’s 1/32 Welsh through William Williams (the grandfather of Elizabeth Williams) born in Mold, Flintshire, Wales.

andrew June 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

he is Irish from both sides

LIL VACHA October 26, 2010 at 4:37 pm


Klipping October 26, 2010 at 7:10 am

That´s so obvious, in Liverpool almost everybody has Irish or/and Welsh ancestry, the Irish and Welsh migration was even bigger than English in Liverpool so more than half of population have that ancestry.

ses101 October 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

A lot of people in Liverpool are of Scottish descent as well.

Anonymous October 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

Paul McCartney is also Scottish. His Scottish ancestors originally has the surname MACINTOSH and it became McCartney when they settled in Ireland. So his father is English and Scottish.

Asa October 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

Why would they change from McIntosh to McCartney? There would be absolutely no reason to.

Dude September 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

He is Irish all the way. Maybe some Romany. Pretty sure he doesn’t know what he really is. McCartney is English? Who is he trying to fool?

Kris September 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

The McCartney’s were of Irish descent. Isn’t it obvious anyway that the McCartney surname is not English.

Irish Fairy April 7, 2010 at 8:53 am

He is half English (father), half ‘Irish’ (Mother) -though her family had long
settled in Blackpool/Liverpool. Interestingly, on his mother’s side, like George Harrison,
he is a descendant of Anglo-Norman knights (Viking blood, Frankish culture)
who came over to settle eastern Eire, with ‘Lord’ Richard Strongbow (a real son of a bitch),
in around, I believe, the late 1100’s. FACT: He was raised Anglican, not Catholic, as
has been claimed.

nnnnn May 12, 2012 at 3:23 am

if his father was english, why is he “Mc”? His father should be

Alice September 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

Mc / Mac is a Gaelic prefix meaning son and is used in Irish and Scottish names. The O prefix means descendent but is only used in Irish names.
The Irish brought the naming pattern and Gaelic to Scotland.

HotDog September 13, 2012 at 8:40 am

It isn’t historically correct to say the Irish brought the names to Scotland, since Ireland as a nation didn’t exist till a later date. So they wouldn’t have been Irish technically.

Alice September 13, 2012 at 8:57 am

The Romans called the Irish Scoti at that time and it is interesting that this is where the name Scotland came from.
I suppose the Gaelic influence was more in the islands and the west coast. Scotland has regional differences.

HotDog September 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

Scots Gaelic is different from Irish Gaelic.

The Scots and the Irish aren’t very similar culturally, all though people try to push the Celtic connection. The Scottish tend to be more intellectually driven (and have made many scientific discoveries) as apposed to the Irish who are more artistically driven. Saying that people of Scottish descent seem to be more artistically driven than the Scots themselves.

Also the differences in religious beliefs and ideals is significant.

Alice September 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Scots Gaelic is of course similar to Irish Gaelic. Scots Gaelic is an offshoot of Irish Gaelic. They have differences now due to separation.
There are many similarities in culture music and whisky/whiskey being obvious ones.
A lot of what Scotland is famous for is from the Gaelic part of their culture.
All of the British Isles were Catholic at one time. The lack of scientific discoveries made by the Irish might have something to do with the heavy discrimination of the Catholic Irish by the British not that they were less intellectual than the Scots. The Catholic Irish were excluded from universities and were educated at hedge schools so they received the most basic of education. Basically they weren’t allowed to have an education and had difficulties even making any kind of living as most of the Catholics weren’t allowed own land. By 1778, Protestants owned 95 percent of the land.
The Scottish and Welsh did not suffer the same scale of oppression that occurred to the Irish due to the religious differences.

HotDog September 13, 2012 at 10:56 pm

That wasn’t an insult to the Irish, the Scottish are just an intellectual group. Scotland has the third highest scientific papers per capita in the world. People of Scottish descent are the highest represented in the physical sciences in America and the second most likely ethnicity to graduate college. There the second highest per capita ethnicity amongst doctors in America and the highest in both Canada and Australia. All of this is disproportionate to there percentage of the population within these nations.

Alice September 13, 2012 at 11:43 pm

Thanks Hotdog for the clarification. It did read like a putdown to the Irish but I can see that was not your intention. I agree that the Scots have a lot to be proud of. For a little country they have punched way above their weight.

Alice September 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Information about the Plantations of English, Welsh and Scots into Ireland.

Alice September 14, 2012 at 8:41 am

I really believe that no population is better than another. I think that some populations have a much more difficult journey than others. Some people just face much more discrimination and negative stereotyping. If everyone was given an equal chance to excel things would be different. Whatever anyone says about our modern times one of the positive aspects is that people don’t put labels on a whole nationality or race. Every nation have their geniuses and their dickheads.

AdamMartin May 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

To say that the Scots are “intellectually driven” is bogus and self serving.The Scots no doubt had the Enlightenment,but that was 200 years ago and confined to a small number of educated individuals.There is little trace of it in the modern Scot and there was never any trace of it in the Ulster Scot,who are the exact same ethnicity.
Per capita differences in the publishing of scientific papers between Ireland and UK are negligible.
Religious differences are 400 years old.Before the Normans there was a lot of cultural crossover which is why we have ambiguity with names,language and other cultural pointers.
Not all Mc’s indicate an Irish origin but McCartney is a name of Irish origin and a branch of the McCarthy’s of Munster.

gel May 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

If the Scots were so clever how come they call themselves by the Irish name, “Scots”?
They despised the Highlanders as “Irish”, their language they called “Erse”, a derogatory term. Yet the Gaelic culture is the one that signifies Scotland today!

ses101 April 10, 2017 at 5:20 am

I wouldn’t say the Gaelic culture has that much of a relevance with most of Scotland today, if it has it’s mainly with those of Irish descent.

hottie February 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

though he was english

hottie February 22, 2010 at 1:13 am

i though he was just english

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