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Clan MacPherson

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Clan MacPherson Team
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The focus of this team's work is to identify, improve and maintain profiles associated with the Lairds and Chiefs of Clan MacPherson together with members bearing the name MacPherson, the related families and those recognised as septs of Clan MacPherson.

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  • promoting the entries of those bearing the name MacPherson on Wikitree.
  • ensuring entries appearing on Wikitree are as accurate as possible, correcting mistakes once spotted.
  • encouraging interest in and study of Clan MacPherson.


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Clan Chief: Sir William Alan MacPherson of Cluny. 27th Hereditary Chief of the Clan MacPherson. Succeeded his father in 1969.

Note Wikipedia also names his father as the 27th Chief.

Clan MacPherson

The Clan name is Macpherson and the current Clan Chief is Sir William Macpherson of Cluny. The line of Macpherson of Cluny is the line of the Chief. The name is often noticed as McPherson or MacPherson. To ensure a consistant format, the category is spelled with a capital P.

The Clan is a Highland Clan originating in the lower part of the district of Badenoch near Kingussie. The Clan name means son of the parson and is said to have been Muirich, parson of Kingussie. Parsons of the day controlled large community support and controlled forces next in size to Clan Chiefs.

From an early date the Clan formed part of the Clan Chattan Federation, a group of smaller Clans, likely with inter-related Chiefs, that banded together against the larger Clans of the region. Muirich was said to be a great-grandson of Gillichattan Mor, the founder of Clan Chattan.

History suggests that they were a small community, associated with Clan Chattan prior to King Robert I (the Bruce). He, Bruce, commissioned the Macphersons to remove the Comyns from Badenoch, during his purge of their estates in the north east. As a reward Bruce granted them their lands of but this likely ratified the lands held by them as hereditary parson of the Culdee church in the district.

Clan Lands. The original grant of lands was for possessions in the area of Newtonmore, in the, current day, district of Badenoch and Strathspey, centered on the village of Laggan. On this they later built Castle Cluny. The MacPhersons were forced to sell the estate in 1943 following financial hardship. This castle, the early seat of the Macphersons, should not be confused with Cluny Castle, Aberdeenshire. That castle was, at the time and still is, held by the Gordons. Newton Castle, Blairgowrie, Perthshire is the current seat of the Macpherson chiefs.

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