The people known in ancient Scotland
as the Picts
were the forefathers of the McPhaerson family. It is 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 McPhaerson family
The surname McPhaerson 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 McPhaerson family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPhaerson 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 McPhaerson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McPhaerson Spelling Variations
When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred
years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations
every time they were written. McPhaerson has been written MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.
Early Notables of the McPhaerson 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 McPhaerson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McPhaerson family to the New World and Oceana
The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McPhaerson: 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 McPhaerson 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