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Fergusson comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the Scottish surname MacFergus, which means "son of Fergus".

Fergusson Early Origins



The surname Fergusson was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they were descended from the Prince of Galloway who married the daughter of Henry I of England. These ancient Lords of Galloway were independent rulers until they were annexed by Scotland in 1234. Alan, Prince of Galloway, was the last of the line. The Craigdarroch branch was the oldest but they also had branches at Cowal, Kintyre, Kilkerran, Atholl, Kinmundy, Pitfour.

The Ayrshire Fergusons, who descended from Fergus, the independent 12th century Lord of Galloway, were established in the Southwest of Scotland even before they received their charter from Bruce, the King of Scotland, in the 13th century. Furthermore, numerous families of the name Ferguson were established throughout Scotland at an early date. In Argyll, where the Ferguson Clan is particularly numerous, the Fergusons held lands in Strachur until the beginning of the 19th century. The Fergussons of Perthshire were recognized as the principal Highland branch of the Clan and the chieftainship belonged to the Dunfallandy family, the head of which was designated "MacFhearghuis."


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Fergusson Spelling Variations


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Fergusson Spelling Variations



The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Fergusson has appeared as Ferguson, Fergusson, Farguson, Fargerson, Fargusson and many more.

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Fergusson Early History


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Fergusson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fergusson research. Another 241 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1715, 1745, 1621, 1667, 1699, 1705, 1637, 1714, 1672, 1734, 1723 and 1816 are included under the topic Early Fergusson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fergusson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fergusson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was James Ferguson (1621-1667), a Scottish minister; William Ferguson (d. 1699) of Badifurrow, Aberdeenshire, Scotland; and his son, James Ferguson (died 1705), of Balmakelly and Kirtonhill, Kincardineshire, a Scottish major-general, colonel of the...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fergusson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fergusson In Ireland


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Fergusson In Ireland



Some of the Fergusson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Fergusson or a variant listed above:

Fergusson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Fergusson settled in Barbados in 1678
  • Donald Fergusson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Duncan Fergusson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • Elspeth Fergusson, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Gilbert Fergusson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fergusson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Fergusson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • James Fergusson, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1821

Fergusson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Fergusson, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  • Andrew Fergusson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Margaret Fergusson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Alexander Fergusson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • Peter Fergusson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fergusson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter Fergusson, aged 33, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Mary Fergusson, aged 32, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Jane Fergusson, aged 27, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • C. Fergusson arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of San Francisco" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fergusson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fergusson (post 1700)



  • Harvey Fergusson, American writer
  • Francis Fergusson, American academic and critic
  • John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961), Scottish painter
  • Robert Fergusson (1750-1774), Scottish poet
  • Brigadier Maurice Alfred Fergusson (1895-1975), Australian Commanding Officer 8th Australian Infantry Brigade (New Guinea - Wewak) from 1944 to 1945
  • Muriel McQueen Fergusson, former Canadian Senator and Speaker of the Senate
  • George Fergusson, British High Commissioner to New Zealand
  • Frances D. Fergusson, former president of Vassar College
  • Bernard Fergusson (1911-1980), Baron Ballantrae, former British Army officer and Governor-General of New Zealand

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Motto


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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: Dulcius ex asperis
Motto Translation: Sweeter after difficulties


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LYSANDER 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Lysander.htm

Other References

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  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Fergusson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fergusson 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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