The saga of the name MacFerson begins with the people of the Pictish clans. MacFerson 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 MacFerson family
The surname MacFerson 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 MacFerson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacFerson research.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 MacFerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacFerson Spelling Variations
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations
. In various documents, MacFerson has been spelled MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the MacFerson 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 MacFerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacFerson family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name MacFerson:
MacFerson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Macferson, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
The MacFerson 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