Paul McCartney

Lennon in 2011, image via DFree /

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). Joseph was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. 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). Margaret Florence was born in Everton, Lancashire, England. 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). Mary Theresa was born in Liverpool. 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 –

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

Notes on Paul McCartney’s ancestry –


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37 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    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.

  2. Dude says:

    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?

  3. Irish Fairy says:

    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 says:

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

      • Alice says:

        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 says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

            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 says:

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

          • Alice says:

            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 says:

      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 says:

        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!

  4. hottie says:

    though he was english

  5. hottie says:

    i though he was just english

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