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Mac Thorcáill, sometimes spelt Mac Torcáill, is an Irish surname of Norse origin. The family & surname originates from Thorkell, a great Norse warrior and King of Dublin until 1133 when he was forced to flee Ireland to the Scotland Highlands during a Norman invasion. It is often said the Norse became more Irish then the Irish themselves because they adopted Irish Gaelic surnames, spoke the Irish language and intermarried with the locals. Thorkell's 3 sons all became Kings of Dublin and his 3rd son Hasculf Thorgillsson (Irish: Asgall mac Torcáill) was the last Norse King of Dublin, he too was forced to flee at the hands of invasion and this time joined family & allies in the Scottish highlands which had been acquired during his father's exile. Anglisications of Corgill, Corkill, Therkell, Orgill, Argyll & McArgyle.
- Ó Donáll, F, The Norse Kings of Ireland, Coogan Media, 1967.