I read the forward in the blue paperback titled "Giffen" that my father has, this week. It is all the descendants of Robert and Mary Bane Giffen who came to the U.S. in 1777 from Kintyre, Scotland (not Argyll). On the south end of Kintyre was a farm called Kilvadee, with a Giffen Castle on it. It was a place, and was not a surname at first. The Earls of the castle were Montgomeries and Eglintouns. It was about 13 miles south of Campbelltown, Kintyre according to the book. The place is no longer called Kilvadee. The book says a whinstone quarry was dug at the site of the castle in the 1900's, so there are no ruins. There was also a Brigits Well and a Brigits Shrine on the property. I have been studying Celtic history to find out what these are. Since Giffens seem to trace back to this castle site, I have to wonder who it was who took on the surname of this place. The book says they were Covenanters and Lowlanders with broad accent, and I have been looking up those also.
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