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The name Forson began among the descendants of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. It was 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 Forson family


The surname Forson 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).

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Early History of the Forson family

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Early History of the Forson family


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Another 1047 words (75 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 Forson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Forson Spelling Variations

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Forson Spelling Variations


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. Forson has appeared MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.

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Early Notables of the Forson family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Forson 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...
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Migration of the Forson family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Forson family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Forson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Forson, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan" [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml

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The Forson Motto

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The Forson 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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  1. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 17th June 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Joseph Rowan 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/josephrowan1854.shtml

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