Help research the Keegan sept of Clann MacAodhagain
The Clann MacAodhagain is very lucky in that we have a very well organised clan structure, with our clan chief Mr Michael J.S Egan, our historical headquarters Redwood Castle and clan societies throughout the world.
Because our ancestors were historians we are also very well documented over the last 800 years.
The aim of this website is to act as an unofficial UK branch of the Clann, and also to document the Keegan branch.
If you have Keegan info prior to 1800 or can link up with our pedigrees, please email:
For the purposes of clarity, the Keegan England Group divides the MacAodhagain septs as follows:
SEPT1: Egan and MacEgan of Redwood (Most frequent in Galway, Tipperary and Roscommon)
SEPT2: McKeegan and MacKeegan (Most frequent in Derry, Antrim and Down)
SEPT3: Keegan, Kegan and Keggin (Most frequent in Louth, Meath, Westmeath and Dublin)
SEPT4: McKeighan, Keighen, McEachain and Keigeen of the Isles (Most frequent in Uist, Coll, Jura, Isle of Man, Scotland)
Egan, often regarded as the "mainline" branch are numerous in central Ireland. The Keegan variation is most common around Dublin and McKeegan and McKeighan were most common in Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Initially, this site will focus on the research of Sept 3 (Keegans) with historical reference to the other septs.
To find out more about clan activities we recommend logging onto: http://www.clanegan.org/
Thank you for your interest
Simon David Keegan
The England and Scotland group is headed by Simon Keegan whose great-great-great grandfather was a Drogheda stonemason called John Keegan born in 1823 and in fact the Drogheda line of Keegans, along with those of Westmeath, appears to be the oldest collection of Keegans (with that spelling) going back to 1620s.
Many Keegans emmigrated to the Scottish Highlands and Islands, including North Uist, South Uist, Jura and Coll where the name is commonly McKeighan.
A few years ago Simon received a title of Lairdship in Jura when as part of a conservation project he received some land on the island known as Crackaig. This name Crackaig may be related to Mackaigan.
If you are interested in the Keegan name email:
Simon Keegan (Laird of Crackaig)