NOT EVERY SCOTTISH ANCESTOR WAS A "HIGHLAND SCOT" - some of them lived a wild and rough life on horseback in the Borders Region as Border Reivers. Check to see if your family name is here. They were a very interesting people and their story should be known and remembered. (Border Reiver surname map showing Border Reiver family names from both sides - Scotland & England.)
FREE Irish Genealogical site and surname search ,Irishancestors.net is here: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irishancestors/ looks fantastic! Has resources, repositories, dozens of links specific to Irish work. Posted website to this link because there's no image to pin and it's that good! Surname search site: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~irishsurnames/ This image actually links to the Irish Birmingham Public Library: Irish Genealogy.