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Sure now and isn’t tomorrow St. Paddy’s Day? What better time to talk about my romantic historical series The McCoys?
The McCoys of County Tipperary weren’t nobility, not Quinton McCoy’s branch, at least. His family was descended from the Scottish Clan Mackay who in turn traced their lineage from the royal House of Moray.
Descendants of Vikings interbreeding with Celts and producing people called Gall Gaeil or foreign Gaels, the McCoys were a feisty lot always spoiling for a fight, though often with a habit of choosing the wrong side to champion. During the first war of Scottish independence, one branch of the family lost their lands. Being warriors, they didn’t sit around and bewail the fact, however. Instead, they turned their love of battle into a vocation, becoming galloglasses (mercenaries), traveling across the sea to Ireland where they hired out to fight for…
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