The roots of the ancient Scottish name Phearson are found among the people of a tribe known as the Picts
. Phearson is a name for a parson. The Gaelic forms of the names are Mac a' Phearsain
and Mac a Phearsoin,
which mean son of the parson.
This was the surname of various ecclesiastical families in Scotland
and is descended from a Chief of the great Clan
Chattan ('tribe of the cats'), called Gille Chattan. This Chief can, in turn, be traced back to Feachar the Long, King of Lorn who died in 697 AD. The Clan's original territories were in Stratthnairn, Strathdearn and Badenoch from whence they long contested the leadership of the Clan
Chattan with the MacKintoshes, who also claimed descent from the Gille Chattan through a female heiress.
Early Origins of the Phearson family
The surname Phearson was first found in Inverness, where they were hereditary keepers of the sacred stone of St. Catan, and early Chief of the Clan
Chattan. The MacPhersons are sometimes called the Clan
Mhuirich, 'the children of Muredach,' from an early Chief of the Clan
, Duncan (the Parson) who was imprisoned with the Lord of the Isles after the Battle of Harlaw (1411).
Early History of the Phearson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Phearson research.Another 524 words (37 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1528, 1600, 1645, 1672, 1689, 1688, 1715, 1745, 1745, 1784, 1932, 1675, 1700, 1776 and 1783 are included under the topic Early Phearson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Phearson Spelling Variations
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations
. Phearson has been spelled MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the Phearson family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
at this time was James MacPherson (1675-1700), the Scottish outlaw, famed for his Lament or Rant supposedly written on the eve of his execution, a version of which was rewritten by Robert Burns; and Colonel Duncan MacPherson, the Clan
Chief, who commanded... Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Phearson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Phearson family to the New World and Oceana
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland
. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England
and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence
. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan
societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Phearson: Aeneas MacPherson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685; Alexander McPherson, who settled in south Carolina in 1716; along with Angus
, Daniel, Donald, Duncan, John.
The Phearson Motto
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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove
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