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An ancient Scottish people known as the Picts were the forefathers of the McPherson family. McPherson 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.

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The surname McPherson 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).

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name McPherson include MacPherson, McPherson, MacPhersone, Mac a' Phearsoin (Gaelic) and many more.


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

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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 McPherson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North Ameri ca. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of McPherson:

McPherson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McPherson, who settled in south Carolina in 1716
  • Alexander McPherson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716
  • Owen McPherson, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • William McPherson, who arrived in Maryland in 1716
  • Mary McPherson, who landed in Massachusetts in 1729
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McPherson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George McPherson, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Duncan McPherson, who arrived in New York in 1812
  • Walter McPherson, aged 38, landed in New York in 1812
  • Eliza McPherson, aged 37, arrived in New York, NY in 1822
  • Daniel McPherson, who arrived in New York in 1841
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McPherson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Alexander McPherson U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Mr. Charles McPherson U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Kings Royal Regiment of New York, he became a Freeman in 1785, he kept a Coffee House in Saint Johns
  • Mr. D. McPherson Sr., U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. Evan McPherson U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
  • Mr. James McPherson U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784
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McPherson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ann McPherson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Hugh McPherson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Donald McPherson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Kate McPherson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Mary McPherson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
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McPherson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nelson Trafalgar McPherson, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Alexander McPherson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Catherine McPherson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Ann McPherson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
  • Margaret McPherson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840
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McPherson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McPherson, aged 27, a wright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Jane McPherson, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • William McPherson, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Ann McPherson, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Catherine Stewart Forbes" in 1841
  • Archibald McPherson, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
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  • James M. McPherson (b. 1936), American Civil War historian, he received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for his most famous book Battle Cry of Freedom, President of the American Historical Association in 2003
  • Aimee Semple McPherson (1890-1944), known as Sister Aimee, born Aimee Elizabeth Kennedy, Canadian-born, American evangelist and media celebrity in the 1920s and 1930s, founder of Foursquare Church
  • Jonathan David "JD" McPherson (b. 1977), American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • Edward McPherson (1830-1895), American newspaper editor and politician, director of the Gettysburg Battlefield Memorial Association
  • Tom McPherson (b. 1935), American politician, 1st Mayor of Cooper City, Florida
  • William Joseph "Joe" McPherson Jr. (b. 1950), American politician, Louisiana State Senator (1984-1996)
  • Donald G. McPherson (b. 1965), American former NFL and CFL quarterback, current a college football commentator for SportsNet New York, inducted into the NCAA College Football Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Dallas Lyle McPherson (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball third baseman
  • James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1864), American general of the Union Army during the American Civil War
  • William McPherson (b. 1933), American editor and literary critic awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
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McPherson Historic Events



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. John Watson Mcpherson, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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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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    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    7. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
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