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The saga of the name MacPherson begins with the people of the Pictish clans. MacPherson 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.

MacPherson Early Origins



The surname MacPherson 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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MacPherson Spelling Variations


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

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MacPherson Early History


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MacPherson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacPherson 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 MacPherson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacPherson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacPherson Early Notables (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 MacPherson Notables 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



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 MacPherson:

MacPherson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John MacPherson, who landed in New England in 1651-1652
  • Aeneas MacPherson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • Eneas Macpherson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685

MacPherson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Macpherson, who arrived in America in 1716
  • Donald Macpherson, who arrived in Virginia in 1727
  • Mary Macpherson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1729
  • James Macpherson, who arrived in Georgia in 1741

MacPherson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William MacPherson, aged 36, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • George Macpherson, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
  • Alexander Wentworth Macpherson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • A Macpherson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Cameron Macpherson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

MacPherson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Macpherson, aged 18, arrived in Churchill Factory, Canada in 1813
  • John Macpherson, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Duncan MacPherson, who landed in Canada in 1820

MacPherson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Duncan MacPherson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm
  • John Macpherson, aged 40, a crofter, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • John Macpherson, aged 14, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Christy Macpherson, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Flora Macpherson, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacPherson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacPherson (post 1700)



  • Robert Duncan MacPherson (b. 1944), American mathematician awarded the Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research in 2002
  • Earl Steele MacPherson (1891-1960), Ford engineer who developed the MacPherson strut in the 1940s
  • George MacPherson (1903-1981), Scottish rugby union footballer in the 1920s through the 1930s
  • Angus Ian MacPherson (b. 1968), Scottish former football player and manager
  • James Macpherson (1736-1796), Scottish writer, poet, literary collector and politician
  • Bryden Macpherson (1990-2011), Australian professional golfer, winner of The Amateur Championship in 2011
  • John Andrew MacPherson (1856-1944), New Zealand politician Member of Parliament for Mount Ida (19051908)
  • David Macpherson (b. 1967), Australian former professional male tennis player
  • Cluny Macpherson MD (1879-1966), Newfoundland medical doctor who invented the gas mask
  • John Alexander MacPherson (1833-1894), Australian colonial politician, was the 7th Premier of Victoria
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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MacPherson Historic Events


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MacPherson Historic Events




RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John Macpherson, English Waiter from Great Crosby, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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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: Touch not the cat bot a glove
Motto Translation: Touch not the cat without a glove


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MacPherson Clan Badge


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MacPherson Clan Badge




MacPherson Clan Badge
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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacPherson
Ailea, Ailee, Ailees, Aileese, Alees, Aleese, Allea, Allee, Allees, Alleese, Archabalde, Archbal, Archbald, Archball, Archbod, Archbode, Archboit, Archbold, Archbood, Archboode, Archboold, Archbould, Archboyd, Archbude, Archbut, Archbutt, Archebald, Archebalde, Archibald, Archibaldson, Archibod, Archibode, Archiboit, Archibold, Archibood, Archiboode, Archiboold, Archibould, Archiboyd, Archibude, Arkabalde, Arkanbaldus, Arkebald, Arkebalde, Arkibald, Arkibaldson, Arkibod, Arkibode, Arkiboit, Arkibold and more.

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE GEORGE 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838PrinceGeorge-London.htm

Other References

  1. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  7. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  8. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The MacPherson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacPherson 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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