The ancient Scottish name MacPhers is rooted in the people of the Pictish clans. MacPhers 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 MacPhers family
The surname MacPhers 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 MacPhers family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacPhers 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 MacPhers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacPhers Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name MacPhers has been spelled MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the MacPhers 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 MacPhers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacPhers family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of MacPhers: 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 MacPhers 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