Historically, a clan was made up of
everyone who lived on the chief's territory, or on territory
of those who owed allegiance to the chief.
Through the long
passage of time, with the constant changes of ‘clan
boundaries’ (often through inter-clan warfare, and later as
a result of territorial expansion by English ‘plantations’
in Ireland), and through migration or regime changes, clans
would be made up of large numbers of members who were
unrelated … some had variations of the family name, and some
even bore different surnames.
Often those living on a chief's lands would, over
time, adopt the clan surname.
A chief could add to his clan by adopting other
families, and also had the legal right to outlaw anyone from
his clan, including members of his own family.
Anyone who had the
chief's surname was usually considered to be a member of the
chief's clan. Also,
anyone who offered allegiance to a chief became a member of
the chief's clan, unless the chief decided not to accept
that person’s allegiance.
Those who were unrelated to the chief could be
‘adopted’ into the clan through a formal bond of
an ancient practice whereby they would bind
themselves to the chief and the clan by means of an
obligation to keep the secrets of the clan, and to provide
loyal service and faithful allegiance during peace and war
and in all ‘quarrels’.
The modern Clann DubhGhaill/ Clan
Doyle offers two kinds of memberships:
Members’; and (ii) ‘Life Members’.
Supporting Members renew their
membership every year by paying a nominal membership fee.
Life Membership can be obtained by paying
a one-time fee* designed for life membership.
Life Members pay the following fees:
€220 for Ireland and the rest of the European
for the U.K.;
If you are paying by personal cheque from outside Australia,
please add €18 , £16, or US$25 to cover bank charges (we
would advise the use of registered post when forwarding
Life Members are listed below, with
hypertext-links to their personal information:-
Michael R. J. Doyle
Margaret M. FitzGerald
John C. Doyle
Kevin G. Doyle
Brian K. Doyle
Mary A. Elliott
Margaret C. Leaahy
Kevin E. Schmidt
Gail P. Vaughan
Helene M. Doyle
Ray H. Blakeney
Robert S. Doyle
Preston E. Doyle, Sr
John E. Doyle, Jr
Robert S. Doyle, Jr
Joseph C. Doyle
Peter D. Doyle
Cyril W. Doyle
Francis J. Doyle
Edward T. Doyle
James M. Doyle
Michael D. Doyle
Michael D. Doyle