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Where did the Scottish Farquharson family come from? What is the Scottish Farquharson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farquharson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farquharson family history?

The name Farquharson is derived from the Gaelic MacFhearchair, which means 'son of Farquhar'. Farquhar is derived from the Gaelic word Fearchar, which means 'very dear one'. So, the name means 'son of the very dear one'.

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Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. Farquharson has appeared Farquharson, Farqharson, Farquharsen, MacFhearchair (Gaelic), Caraher and many more.

First found in Aberdeenshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland, where the family has a long and distinguished history dating back to the early Middle Ages. They claim descent from Farquhar Mackintosh who arrived in Braemar in 1382. The Clan was one of the principal members of the Clan Chattan (the Clan of the Cat), a powerful 26 Clan confederation. Accordingly, they rank as a sept of the Clan Chattan. Their alliance with the MacKintoshes was particularly strong and this proved quite advantageous, as the MacKintoshes were the captains of the Clan.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farquharson research. Another 345 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1699 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Farquharson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Farquharson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Farquharson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Farquharson name:

Farquharson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Harry Farquharson came to Virginia in 1716
  • Harry Farquharson, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Robert Farquharson, who arrived in Virginia in 1716
  • Alexander Farquharson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1717
  • Alexander Farquharson, along with John, Donald, Duncan, Peter and William, were among Scots banished to the American Plantations (Barbados) in 1745-7


Farquharson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Charles Farquharson, aged 32, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Isobel Farquharson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
  • Isobell Farquharson, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830

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  • John Farquharson (b. 1872), Scottish inventor of the Farquharson Rifle
  • John Farquharson (1699-1782), Scottish Jesuit
  • Joseph Farquharson DL (1846-1935), Scottish landscape painter
  • Major Francis Edward Henry Farquharson VC (1837-1875), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Robert Farquharson (1837-1918), Scottish doctor and Liberal politician
  • James Farquharson (1781-1843), Scottish minister, scientific writer, and Fellow of the Royal Society
  • David Farquharson (1839-1907), Scottish landscape painter
  • Alexander Charles Farquharson (1864-1951), Scottish doctor, barrister, soldier and Liberal Party politician
  • Brigadier Donald Gordon Joubert Farquharson, Deputy Director of Ordnance Services 1st Canadian Army (1945)
  • Tom Farquharson (1900-1970), Irish footballer

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fide et fortitudine
Motto Translation: By fidelity and fortitude.

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Farquharson Clan Badge
Farquharson Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Farquharson
Barree, Barrey, Barrie, Barry, Baweghan, Baweham, Bawehan, Baweman, Bawemand, Bawemane, Bawemant, Bawemen, Bawemend, Bawement, Bawemind, Bawemint, Bawemyn, Bawemynd, Beaeghan, Beaeham, Beaehan, Beaeman, Beaemand, Beaemane, Beaemant, Beaemen, Beaemend, Beaement, Beaemind, Beaemint, Beaemyn, Beaemynd, Beaueghan, Beaueham, Beauehan, Beaueman, Beauemand, Beauemane, Beauemant, Beauemen, Beauemend, Beauement, Beauemind, Beauemint, Beauemyn, Beauemynd, Beueghan, Beueham, Beuehan, Beueman and more.

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The Farquharson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farquharson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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