When I was a child, my father told me several stories about his ancestry, which were repeated in very similar form by his older sister, Mary, in later years. According to his version, the McMellons were originally called McMillan and came from Scotland, in particular from the Galloway area in the lowlands. The story goes that the family were Covenanters, and consequently strictly anti-papist. However at some point, one of the descendants of these Covenanters married a catholic woman to the approbation of his family, who consequently disinherited him. In retaliation he changed his name to McMellon and converted to catholicism.

One of my first aims in researching my family history therefore, was to find out at what point the spelling rendering changed from McMillan to McMellon and whether there was any truth in the story of a family feud caused by these religious affiliations. My other aim was to try and trace the family roots back to a specific place in Scotland.  To date, I believe I have solved the first question but am still a long way from answering the second.


3 thoughts on “MCMELLON

  1. Very pleasantly surprised to learn that I lived and still own an apartment in Petraki Han where your ancestors once lived . I restored the building in 2007. The facades and interiors. I am still the manager of the building just to prevent that it falls into neglect again. The funny thing is that I just decided to paint the door to red colour, without knowing anything about it’s historical significance.

    I am a levantine origin Turkish citizen.

    Thanks for all the knowledge.

    Jeffrey Tucker


    • Hi Jeffrey,
      How wonderful to hear from you and how interesting! As it happens I have been in the process of translating and transcribing a memoir of one of our forebears who lived there for over 30 years and I hope to be able to post it up on this site in the near future. Do look out for it. I am also visiting Istanbul with some family soon and we are very excited to be staying in one of the Petraki apartments. Let me know if you would like to meet.
      Kind regards,


      • Hi Angela,
        Very nice to hear from you .
        I would love to have a tea together when you all come here .

        My phone Nr. : +905327486031

        All the Best

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