LIST OF OFFICERS      404
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   RALLY 1970  433
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No. 23


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ANNUAL OF




The Chief

Hon. Vice-Presidents
Senior Chieftain in the Clan
Councillor HUGH MACPHERSON, K.L.J. F.S.A. Scot, J.P.

Officers of the Association



Hon. Secretary
39 SWANSTON AVENUE, Edinburgh, 10

Hon. Treasurer
KENNETH N. MCPHERSON, C.A., 62 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 2AD

Grianach, Spey Street, Kingussie, Inverness-shire

EOIN MACPHERSON, Clan House, Newtonmore, (Telephone 332)

Editorial Committee
A.C. MACPHERSON, M.A., LL.B (Editor), 2 Banholm Terrace, Edinburgh, 3
JOHN M. BARTON, W.S. (Secretary) and T.A.S. MACPHERSON, A.R.I.C.S. (Advertising)

Correspondence on Association Affairs

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Branch Representatives

Councillor HUGH MACPHERSON, K.L.J., F.S.A. SCOT, J.P.,
2/1 Succoth Court, Edinburgh, 12

EOIN MACPHERSON, Clan House, Newtonmore
Miss ANNE MACPHERSON, 96 Church Street, Inverness
JOHN W. BARTON, W.S. 11Caiystane Road West,
Edinburgh 10
ENGLAND & WALESHARRY SYMONS,O.B.E., Infield, East Lane, East Horseley, Surry.
R.G.M. MACPHERSON, 195 Waldencroft Avenue, Burlington, Ontario
SOUTHLAND, N.Z. E.M. MACPHERSON, 64 Louisa Street, Invercargill


Curator.                                                                  EOIN MACPHERSON, Clan House, Newtonmore
Senior PiperANGUS MACPHERSON, Inveran, Sutherland
8 Featherhall Gr, Corstorphine, Edinburgh



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      John Barton has resigned from the post of Honorary Secretary to the Clan Macpherson Association. In his place the Secretary has appointed T. A. S. (Sandy) Macpherson. This appointment will be subject to verification at the Annual General Meeting.


      The Settlement Record of Rights for a Bengal District was a special kind of Doomsday Book. A large scale map of each village was made, which showed the boundaries of every field, homestead, pond, road, river and woodland. All of these were individually numbered, and a corresponding entry in the Record gave full particulars of the manner of possession, the ownership, the nature of the tenancy to which it, appertained and the rent payable. It was prepared in the presence of the landlords or their agents and of the inhabitants of the village. On completion it was treated as legally authoritative.

      One of my duties as a Settlement Officer in the District of Pabna was to inspect the work of the Indian officers, the kanungoes engaged on writing up the record at its initial stage, and it was during one of these inspections that I had a very strange encounter.

      I had gone to a village, where I knew one of the kanungoes was to be found. He was the centre of a large crowd in the middle of the wide open paddy lands stretching for more than a mile from where the homesteads had been built on raised lands. Every able bodied man in the village seemed to be there. All were intensely interested and full of advice, suggestions and questions. The rice crop had been harvested, and till the spring rains came, there was little work that could be done in the fields. Attendance on the kanungo came therefore as a welcome diversion, which would also prove useful.

      I checked the survey by measuring some of the fields with their help, and verified that the calculations of the areas of the plots was correct. I tested the accuracy of the record of the tenancies that had so far been made, and from the replies I received could find no mistakes in what the kanungo had noted. No contentious issues were raised. Everybody seemed contented. Men often conveniently forgot that their sisters had rights in the land as well as themselves, but the names of no female cosharers seemed to have been left out. At last well satisfied with what I had seen I was preparing to leave. While waiting for my horse to be brought from the shade where he had been tethered, I was talking to the people beside me about the price they hoped to get for their crop, when


I noticed a man approaching from a homestead which was a little apart from the village. He was walking slowly and warily, as if afraid. When he came within speaking distance, he complained that though he possessed a share in two or three tenancies he believed his name had been wrongly omitted from the record. He went on to say that he was being cheated of his inheritance, but he had his rights by possession, and he explained at some length his relationship with the persons whose names appeared on the record. I verified that there was no mention of his name on any of the relevant pages. He spoke in a subdued manner, and remained at a little distance from where I was standing beside the plane table on which the map and the manuscript record lay. While he was speaking, the villagers who had been crowding round me shifted their position, and edged away, almost involuntarily it seemed, till they were ranged on the side opposite him. And they were silent, which was strange. Usually when a claim such as his was advanced, a chorus of excited voices would be raised, some in favour, some against. There would be much gesticulation, often virulent abuse, sometimes a fight would develop. Never would there be silence.

      As there seemed to be justice in what the man was alleging, I asked the Kanungo whether he had not made a mistake, but he assured me he had only written what everybody in the village had told him, and he had not seen the man before his appearance that day. I turned then to the person who had been recorded to have his version of the claim. He was not very coherent, but he admitted there did exist a relationship, and denied there had been any possession. His story was so confused, that some of the crowd joined in to assist him; but in their eagerness they were not consistent, and some of their statements were so obviously contradictory that I was convinced they were not telling the truth, and for their own reasons had resolved to exclude the man from what was his by right. The kanungo could not explain the reason for the attitude of the crowd, so I called up one of the most elderly and responsible of the villagers and put it to him point blank . . . "Why is everybody so opposed to this man?"

      There was a long pause, and much whispering. The elder whom I had addressed was reluctant to say anything. When at last he spoke, his reply in the bright afternoon sunshine, was startling, and so unexpected in what had seemed an idyllic rural setting.

      "He killed his cousin for that land". The tone was matter of fact.

      Quarrels over very small strips of land were frequently the cause of fights between relations, and it often happened that in the course of a struggle one of the contestants would receive fatal injuries. When such an accident occured the killer would never be lacking in support; some one would be found to put in a good word for him. I therefore asked


if there had been a fight. The answer was 'No'. No further explanation was vouchsafed. So I asked again . . . "But why do you accuse him?"

      "He poisoned his cousin!"

      "But why do you say this?"

      "Everybody knows he wanted his cousin's land. The two of them lived in one homestead, but in different huts. One night they had a meal together. It was then he poisoned him. He put something in the food. The cousin was dead by the morning."

      "Were the police informed?"

      "Yes. The police came, and took statements, and had the body removed for examination. He was arrested."

      "Was that all?"

      "No. Later they charged him, and he was sent to stand trial for murder at the Session Court."

      "What was the result?"

      "He was acquitted by the jury."

      "When did this happen?"

      "It was some years ago now."

      "What did he do after his acquittal ?"

      "He returned to the village and has been here ever since."

      During all this time no word of protest came from the man; he made no further claim for the land, he uttered not a murmur, and when the others had finished telling of his crime, he departed as quietly as he had come.

      When he had gone, I asked the villagers if any of them had been on the jury at his trial, and had been witnesses; but I received no reply. I than wanted to know why, if he had been found 'not guilty', his name should be excluded from the record. The villagers would have none of that. Whatever the finding of the Court, they knew he had done the deed, and they were unanimous in asserting that he had no possession. I could understand from their manner that he would never be allowed by them to get possession. It is a maxim of law that no murderer should profit by his crime, and should forfeit any rights of succession he might have from his victim. In their own way, these people, unlettered cultivators as they were, had put into practice the elementary principle of justice the maxim embodied.

      The Record of Rights was in the last resort based on the fact of possession; I, therefore, let the record stand as it had been prepared, assured that this met with general local approval, and that the man would not prefer a formal appeal or press his claim in the Civil Courts.

      When I was at last ready to leave the people apologised for the incident which had delayed my departure; they were sorry that it should have be forced upon my notice. They were satisfied with the result and sped me on my way with the Bengali equivalent of 'Will ye no come back again?'. As I rode across the paddy fields, I saw the man standing beside his homestead. Around him were small plots gay with the yellow mustard and the blue flax, but he looked unutterably sad as he gazed


past me to where the crowd was eagerly discussing the events of the afternoon. I could not help feeling some pity for him faced with a lifetime of isolation as complete as if he were in solitary confinement.

      Looking back, after quarter of a century, on the years I spent in India, often it is the small incidents that come most readily to mind, -- incidents of no importance, at times no more than a glimpse of an unheeded gesture, -- but each in its way affording a vignette of one aspect of the people of the country. These few random recollections may be of interest, -- some are amusing, some I should rather forget.

      Especially in the districts outside the big towns, which till recently lacked what are now considered the normal facilities for communication, one was dependant on the lowly paid chaprassis or messengers for passing on one's orders. They were in constant attendance at the office and at ones residence. Shortly after I was married, one of these, a white haired old man with many years of service, showed unmistakeably his opinion of women in general. I had had to go on tour, and when my wife called for the paper which was delivered at the house each morning, he told her that as the Saheb was absent, he had sent it away. Newspapers in his opinion were for men only. And there was the other one, who on returning to the house during the Monsoons, when the roads were deep in mud, went into the kitchen, where I found he had just dried his feet on the dish cloth. "Oh!" he said, "it will be washed", but he had placed it where it would be used for the tea cups. Needless to say he was sent to work solely in the office. With such indifference to ordinary health safeguards, can one wonder sickness and disease were so prevalent. Another orderly in that same district within a few days after I had joined, complained to me that a neighbour was harassing him, by encroaching on the plot where he was building a house. He asked for my personal intervention, and I was sympathetic until I visited the site and found that the neighbour was not in the wrong, and the house he was erecting could not have cost him less than �0. This was in the years of the depression when that sum would buy a good solid house for a middle class man. As the man's pay was only � per annun, which might be considered less than a starvation wage, I wanted to know how he had found the money for such a substantial dwelling. He did not expect such a question and was transferred to duties where he would have fewer opportunities for supplementing his income.

      It was to be recognised that with the introduction and development of democratically elected representative governments in India similar methods of improving their finances were adopted by persons of a much higher status. On one occasion a man, who had been successful in obtaining a grant to run a shop for the sale of intoxicants, when asked to submit the required deposit for the grant of his licence, applied for time as he had no ready cash. He had paid away so much to obtain the influence of the Chief Minister, that he could not meet the small demand that was made. With the courage of desperation, he made a statement


to me, which was put into writing, in which he detailed the amounts he had spent, the persons to whom these had been given, and the circumstances in which they had been demanded. The statement was kept for record.

      I can also remember the Agent of a Landlord who had owned extensive properties in the coal bearing districts at a time when there was competition for mining rights. He had become an Honorary Magistrate and lived in style on a salary of �0 per year. When he died, shortly after he had been dismissed by his master, who had been made aware of his activities, his estate was estimated by the lawyer applying for probate of his will at �0,000, and that for obvious reasons would not be an exaggeration.

      In the mining districts, housing for the workers was for the most part very poor and inadequate, because much of the labour was seasonal, and the hutments were often vacant for months at a time, when the men would go off to attend to their fields in their distant home villages at sowing time and at harvest. Maintenance was a problem, but the accommodation was of a meagre standard. When over a few drinks I commented on this to an Indian Mine Owner, and said that many of the huts were little better than cattle-sheds, he agreed, but added, "Well these people are just like cattle; what do they need, what can they expect?" He was a man of considerable wealth and influence, and a few days afterwards was to leave for Geneva at the instance of the Government of India to attend a conference on Labour Relations called by the United Nations within months of the cessation of Hostilities in Europe. Doubtless he did not voice these sentiments on the shores of Lake Leman -- but I am convinced that this was an instance of 'in vino veritas'. Nor was he exceptional, generally the conditions for the labour force were worst, where the management was Indian.

      In spite of everything, the miners were an uncomplaining lot. Many were aboriginals who would have starved if they had had to subsist on the produce of their small holdings. They worked hard, and defying all propaganda from a Prohibitionist intentioned Government, persisted in a fondness for strong drink, -- a rice beer called pachwai. I met a crowd of them one afternoon; they were sitting in a circle, the pot of pachwai was circulating. It was for them early in the day, and they were still sober. I asked them why they did not try to save their earnings, and why they spent money in this way. "Well "said the leader, "We feel we have deserved this. We work down the mines all week, and now we are free for a day or two to enjoy ourselves in the open air. We brew the pachwai, (probably illegally it was), we sit round and talk. We drink and laugh and sing. We do no harm to anyone. And if we get drunk, we forget the existence we lead, and are 'Kings for a Night.' I can never forget the brave tone in which he brought out the words, "We are Kings for a Night". There could be no answer. In their own way, they achieved some happiness.

      The heavy toll that disease took on people of all classes, the prevalence


of epidemics such as cholera and smallpox, and the high rate of mortality, were the causes of what often seemed callousness to the sufferings and hardships of the less fortunate. The struggle for existence can breed an indifference which may appear shocking.

      During the Famine of 1943, when thousands died of starvation, the Bengal Government opened the equivalent of soup kitchens in village centres throughout the country. The fare supplied was sufficient only to keep alive the spark of life in emaciated bodies. It was all that could be done. Supervision of these arrangements for feeding the hungry had to be left to the village elders or headmen. Many took on the work as a troublesome chore, and one old grey beard asked one of my officers; "Why does the Government bother to feed all these old widows. They have done nothing for twenty years; they have husked a little rice, they have lived on charity. They would be better dead." Perhaps a quick and painless death would have been a merciful release; but humanity could not stand idly by, while wretched men and women slowly wasted away for lack of food.

      There were many heartrending scenes during that terrible year, but the one I remember most vividly, and the one I should be glad to forget is of arriving at Siliguri at the foot hills of the Himalayas to catch an afternoon train. The station was crowded with passengers moving from carriage to carriage to find a compartment to their liking. No one of them seemed to notice a bundle of rags lying at their feet in the middle of the platform. Nobody seemed to care, neither passengers nor station staff, that the man was dead. Nobody knew who he was, how he came there, nor where he had come from. He had lain down and died, and the mob of people milled round his body, intent on their own immediate affairs, without a thought for him. I called the Station Master, who called the sweepers to remove the corpse. They lifted it up, without anyone stopping to ask what they were doing, and then carried it to an outlying part of the station yard, poured parafin over it and set it alight in full view of all who had the good fortune to secure a seat in the train.

      I shall end with a more heartwarming memory. The time was 1930, when Gandhi was revered as a Saint in his own land and in many parts of the western world, for his campaign to revive an India of a Golden Age by non-violent non-co-operation, which almost always ended in bloodshed; when the intelligentsia in Britain scoffed at the continuance of the Raj, and described their kinsmen in the Government Services as sun-dried bureaucrats, educated in an outworn tradition, and out of sympathy with the advancement of the people; when Magistrates and Judges in Bengal, both Indian and British were targets for the bullets of the terrorists. I was in the grounds of the great marble Memorial to Queen Victoria as Empress of India, I saw a poor Indian woman approach the statue of the Queen, and respectfully joining her hands in 'pronam' stand silently with bowed head for a little while, before advancing to the statue and laying her forehead reverently on the

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feet of the Queen. Then she left unobtrusively as she had come. She was illiterate, and of one of the lower castes, but probably she represented the majority of the people. Her simple act of gratitude was more typical of their feelings, of their thankfulness for years of peace than the much publicised utterances of the politicians. Often in the flowery language derived from the days of the Moguls, a petitioner seeking redress of some grievance would call the Magistrate. . . gharib parwar protector of the poor. I like to think that in their dealings with peoples of India, the Scots, Irish, English and Welsh in the service of the Crown were just that. There could be no finer tribute to their work.


Miss MacPherson is moving
      Miss Elizabeth McPherson, 229 Glasgow Road, Perth who has been a clerical officer in the Sheriff Clerk's office at Perth for the past three years, is moving to a similar position in Edinburgh.

      Miss McPherson, a native of Glenlivet, Banffshire, was a typist for 10 years at Stonehaven Sheriff Court before moving to Perth.

      She takes up her new appointment on March 17.



                                                             See them marching o'er Ralia
                                                             See them coming down the glen
                                                             Proud Macphersons of Clan Chattan
                                                             Wending homewards once again

                                                             See the tartan gaily swinging
                                                             As the pipers play their song
                                                             And green banner proudly flying
                                                             Leading the Macphersons home

                                                             We'll salute you on the Eilean
                                                             'neath the shadow of Craig Dhubh
                                                             Where our chieftain Laird of Cluny
                                                             Hid in cave away from view

                                                             Gather round ye men of Badenoch
                                                             Let the echoes loudly come
                                                             Give a welcome to our chieftain
                                                             Dearest Cluny, he is home

                                                             When the sun is slowly sinking
                                                            O'er the hill and down the glen
                                                             We will join in softly singing
                                                             "Will ye no come back again".

by Louis Hendry
4 Cluny Terrace, Kingussie,


2nd Lieutenant R. E. MACPHERSON
      Ralph Erskine Macpherson was granted a Short Service Commission into the Queen's Own Highlanders (Seaforth and Camerons) on 25th July, 1970.

      The son of Norman Croumbie Macpherson, Esq., W.S. for the Admiralty in Scotland and Mrs. Macpherson, he was born in Edinburgh.

      Educated at Edinburgh Academy, he was in the School XV, the Squash Team and the 2nd XI Cricket Team.


The late Donald Macpherson Douglas (1901-1970)

      On Saturday, 16th May, the death occurred in hospital of Donald Macpherson Douglas, minister without charge at Roseburn from 1957 to 1962.

      Donald Douglas was born at Dundee on 9th September, 1901. He was a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Divinity of St. Andrews. After being licensed by the Presbytery of Jedburgh and Kelso in 1932, he became assistant at St. Paul's, Leith. In January, 1934 he was ordained, and inducted to his first charge, Auchterderran. Returning from war service in the Second World War he was translated in 1945 to St. Cyrus.

      On the retiral of Innes Logan at Roseburn, the Presbytery, in order to facilitate the desired re-adjustment in the area, suppressed the charge, and on 26th September, 1957 Donald Douglas, with the concurrence of the congregation, was introduced on terminable appointment by the Presbytery. On the termination of this appointment on 30th September, 1962, at which date the charges of Roseburn and West Coates were united, Donald Douglas retired from the active ministry, although he served until his death as part-time chaplain at Gogarburn Hospital.

      Donald Douglas was a pastor to his people. He saw as his task the development of the activities of the congregation. He himself organised various functions to develop the social fellowship of the congregation, and he himself, as Superintendent, for several years ran the Sunday School, which met before the Morning Service. During the five years of his ministry he increased the Roll by 100.

      For the dedication of his gifts of friendliness and humanity in the service of the church, we give thanks to God; and to his widow we express our sincere and heartfelt sympathy.



                                                              A mixed march past
                                                              of members of the Clan MacPherson
                                                              A medley of music
                                                              from the districts pipers
                                                              and a police pipe-band.
                                                              The atmosphere of a Highland area.

                                                              Men in kilts
                                                              and kilts on men
                                                              who seldom wear them.
                                                              Men in suits
                                                              and men in jeans
                                                              to represent the present time.

                                                              A mixture of foreigners--
                                                              amazed to see the colour
                                                              in Highland dress.
                                                              A whirr of cameras
                                                              to capture the experience
                                                              for the folks back home.

                                                              Girls in kilts
                                                              dancing delicately -- athletes
                                                              in kilts throwing the heavy stuff.
                                                              Runners in white and sweat
                                                              for the conquest of Creag Dhubh --
                                                              the Clan mountain.

                                                              A mixed medley of people
                                                              a rich scraggly atmosphere
                                                              showing the Highland experience
                                                              of a crowded Games --
                                                               representing the country--
                                                              representing all times.

Keith Murdoch,
Pitmain Beag,

(Published in The Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, 18th August, 1967)



My Dear Archy,
      No excuse at all for my delay. And I do hope that it has not caused you trouble. It must have been a headache dealing with 'editorial' business while the postmen were out. Back to prosperity now!

      I thought readers would be interested to see a copy (photo) of the original account for the silver bought by Colonel Allan Macpherson, (1st of Blairgowrie), in 1787, when on his way to live at Blairgowrie! We found it in a cupboard, and we still have a portion of the silver. Not all in use -- but the children do use the spoons for their porridge.

All greetings from us to you.
Yours ever,

October, 1787
Bot. of Kn. Riccard

    �/TD>  s.   d.
2 pair of Husk pattern plated bottle stands @ 20/-     2   0   0
2 pair of plain oval Salts with handles and Glafres @ 22/-    2   4   0
1 o' Glass boat cruet frame with lip Cruets    3 13   6
4 plain oval hand Candlesticks with Sniffers and Extinguishers @ �1/0    4   4   0
1 Strong double plated husk pattern Tea Pot with solid silver Beads    3 10   0
1 plated Fish Trowel    0 16   0
1 plated wire Toast rack    0 10   0
1 Bronze balloon Tea Urn with Inserted Tube Heater &c . . ....    2   6   0
Engraving 16 Crests & Motto's on Do. ....    0 16   0
4 Dozn. pair of Green Ivory Table knives with 3 prong forks @ 30/ . .....    7 12   0
3 Dozn. pairs of Deserts Do. @ 32/-    4 16   0
1 Pair of Green Ivory Carvers    0   7   0
1 pair of Do. Do. with Spring Gd. fork    0   9   4
1 Strong plated Coffee Urn husk pattern Chard with Inserted Tube Heater Key &c    3 10  0
Engraving a Coat of Arms with Motto on the Body Crest & Motto on the Cover    0   4   0
1 Pair of Husk pattern Chas'd sugar & Cream basons with blue Glafres Cream Ladel &c    2   1   0
Engraving 3 Crests & Motto's on Do.    0   3   0
2 pair of strong plated plain Oval foot & piller Candlesticks @ 50/-    5   0   0
Engraving 4 Crests & Mottos on Do.    0   4   0
Carr. Over
  7   0

Brot. Over
  7   0
1 16 inch strong Double plated Oval beaded Waiter    4 14  0
2  9-1/2 Inch Do. Do. ..... ..... ..... .....    2 10  0
Engraving 1 Large & 2 Small Coats of Arms with Crests Motto's & Palm branch
Ornaments on Do.
   1  0  0
4 Best polish'd Engrav'd edge silver Gravy Spoons    6 12  0
1 Do. Marrow Spoon ..... ..... ..... .....    0 10   0
Engraving 4 Large & 1 Smaller Crest on Do.    0   9   0
2 Doz. best polished Engraved edge silver Table Spoons ..   22   4  0
2 Dozn. of Deserts Do. ..... .....   14   0   0
4 best polished Engrav'd edge silver salt spoons    0 17  0
1 Pair of Do. Tea tongs .....    0 11  0
12 best polish'd Engrav'd edge silver Tea Spoons    3 11   0
1 Silver Sugar sifter ....    0 16  0
Engraving 66 Crests & Mottos on Do.    3  6   0
1 Pair of polish'd steel snuffers with pontipool stand    0  7  0
1 Large fine inlaid Mahogany Knife Care borderd with Rosewood with
a large silver pierced escution shield & Ring star Ornament &c. to contain
24 pair of Table knives and forks 12 pair of deserts Do. 12 Table Spoons
12 Desert Do 2 Gravy Spoons 1 Marrow Spoon I Fish trowel & 2 Pair of Carvers
   5   5  0
2 Smaller Do. each to contain 12 Pair of Table knives and forks 12 pair of
Desert Do. 1 pair of Carvers 6 Table Spoons 6 Desert Do. Gravy &
Marrow spoon
   5 12  0
Engraving 3 Crests & Motto's on Do.    0  6   0
2 Turbelow'd Tureen Ladles .....    1 12  0
Engraving 2 Crests & Motto's on Do. .....    0  4   0
6 Elegent engraved strong silver pierc'd bottle Tickets    2  2  0
�2 11  6
1 Silver Guggler ..... ..... ..... ....    1 14   6
1 Wine Toast Rack plated    0 10  0
1 Plated Tea pot stand silver beads ..... .....    1   0   0
Engraving 3 Crests & Motto's on Do. ... ....    0   4  0
�6  0  0

16th of Pitmain and Senior Chieftain of Clan Macpherson

CONTINUED FROM Creag Dhubh No. 22 page 363 ...

      The elder son of Dr. Francis Alexander MacMacpherson, and his wife Florence Taylor, Alexander Kilgour Macpherson, vide above, educated at Liverpool, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, was Commissioned 2/Lieutenant Indian Army, 9th September, 1908. He served in World War I in FRANCE 1914 with the Royal Sikh Pioneers, and was wounded at the 1st Battle of Festhubert, 23rd November, 1914, and invalided to India. Promoted Captain and appointed Instructor Cadet College, QUETTA, Baluchistan. Adjutant l2th Pioneers in Operations against the MAHSUDS in WAZIRISTAN, in the TOCHI Valley 1917, and also with the MARRI KETRANI Field Force in 1918. Promoted Major and 2nd in Command of the newly raised 3rd 34th Sikh Pioneers in Ambala prior to further service overseas, when the Armistice was declared 11th November, 1918.

      He was appointed Instructor of all Training at the H.Q. of the Corps of B. Pioneers, AGRA, 1921. In 1928 he was appointed Officer in Charge of the King's Indian Orderly Officers at Buckingham Palace, being in attendance on H.M. King George V.

      He was created a Member of the Royal Victorian Order, M.V.O. (4th Class). He qualified at the Senior Officers' School at SHEERNESS, and was selected for appointment as Commandant of the 1st Btn. The Corps of B. Pioneers, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, February, 1932, Stationed on the North West Frontier at NOWSHERA he took part with his Regiment in the usual alarms and excursions, that were the usual concomitant life on the Frontier, where raids and counter action was the normal state of affairs In so called 'peace time' all units had to be in a constant state of readiness. Only four hours warning to mobilise, day or night, was allowed from the time the general alarm sounded till Bns. marched out prepared in all respects for active service that might, and at times did last for months.

      During this time Colonel Macpherson, who was an Interpreter in PUSHTU, the language of the


Patnan Tribesmen of the N.W. Frontier, was sent with Colonel Beath, (who seven years later commanded the 4th Indian Corps at the Battle of KEREN) on a special reconnaissance beyond DARGAI (Shades of Piper Findlater) up the SWAT Valley. The task was successfully accomplished, and provided answers that were required by Higher Command both of a Strategic and Tactical nature.

      At this point it is felt that a word of explanation is required on the nature of the Pioneer Regiments of the Indian Army. This was a branch of the Service quite unique in the armies of the world. It bore no resemblance to the Pioneer Bns. of navvies raised in the World Wars at home. It consisted of some 12 Battalions of Regular Infantry, fully trained as such, and which were also fully trained in all branches of Field Engineering, and capable of carrying out all the work normally done by the Field Companies of the Royal Engineers. The Officers and N.C.O.'s received special engineering training and had to qualify at a H.Q. of the Royal Engineers. In peace time, provided circumstances permitted, Commanding Officers were allowed to take up contracts for Civil Firms, e.g. railway construction, bridge building, road making etc., etc., for which of course, suitable rates of pay etc., were included for all ranks. The service in these regiments was highly popular, lending great variety compared with the conventional Infantry Regiment's round of ordinary military training. Moreover, there being only 12 such Battalions in all, they were always in great demand for Active Service. Indeed, the corps to which Colonel Macpherson belonged had more battle Honours than any other in the Indian Army. Pioneer Battalions ranked senior to Infantry Battalions and Divisional Parades when they took post on the right of the Line of Infantry. They were a Corps D'Elite.

      Owing to the period of grave financial stringency through which India was passing at this time it became necessary drastically to reduce Military Expenditure. Amongst other reductions it was decided to disband all the Corps and Regiments of Pioneers of the Indian Army. The folly of such a disbandment of highly trained and skilled troops with their many trades and technicians, led by


Officers of wide experience in many lands, was recognised a very few years later as a signal blunder, when too late their presence in the 2nd World War would have been of inestimable value in the Campaignes in ERITREA, ABYSSINIA, BURMAH, ITALY, etc. Do we ever learn?

      The last duty performed by the 1st Battalion under Colonel Macpherson's command was the reallignment and part reconstruction of the Military road through the KHYBER Pass.

      Owing to the disbandment Colonel Macpherson was unemployed and was on the Indian Army Regular Reserve of Officers till the outbreak of World War II. His first task was to raise and equip at Aldershot a battalion 900 strong of specially selected young N.C.O.'S from units all over Britain. These he took out via the Cape to India, where they were trained to become Officers for appointment to units of the Indian Army.

      Colonel Macpherson himself on arrival in India, was appointed to Command the Sikh Battalion of the NAB14A AKAL Infantry, stationed on the AFGHAN Frontier at FORT SANDEMAN. From there he took the Battalion to the ERITREAN Campaign, where he was in Command of the area south of ASMARA to the ABYSSINIAN border, near ADOWA. The Battalion had part in the final surrender of the Italian Army under the Duke of AOSTA. The Italian generals both Military and their hated Political equivalents, were entrusted to Colonel Macpherson's care, pending their final disposal.

      In 1942 he took the battalion to CYPRUS, where be was given command of the S.W. area of the Island, H.Q. at LIMASOL. A year later he was promoted full Colonel on appointment as Deputy Director of Labour for India, at Army Headquarters, DELHI. This was for labour as specifically required for the prosecution of the War on all fronts.

      Here Colonel Macpherson's service on the active list finished.

      He bought a house adjoining the site of the old House of Pitmain, and was in time to partake in the celebrations of the 200th year anniversary of the Raising of the Standard in GLENFINNAN, 1745-1945,


      The foregoing accounts of the lives in general outline of the latter representatives of the old House of Pitmain in this period of the 20th Century could be paralleled in every Clan in Scotland. The SLIOCHD IAIN are no exception to the general rule. Where 200 years ago careers and exploits were for the most part bounded by the Grampians and the Monadh Liath, today the Ramparts of the Himalayas and the Rockies cannot contain them! Tomorrow? The spheres may well succumb to the Breachan Glas! But the Spirit is the same. It is ever continuity even through violent change!

      We have seen how the male line of Lachlan II and 11th of Pitmain came to an end with the sad and untimely death of the last male heir, George Gordon D'Arcy Macpherson on 23rd May 1908, and the death of his father, Charles Gordon Welland Macpherson on 27th August 1910, who was the 15th Chieftain of Pitmain.

      Thus it was that Colonel Alexander K. Macpherson, great, great, great grandson of John III, and 10th of Pitmain, brother of Lachlan 11, was recognised by the Lord Lyon, Sir Francis Grant, as male heir, and the undifferenced Arms recorded in the name of Lachlan Macpherson of Pitmain 1672 were ratified and confirmed to him the 27th February 1940, in Volume 34, Folio 7 of the Public Register of all Arms in Scotland.

      He thus became Officially recognised as 16th Chieftain of Pitmain, and senior Chieftain in the Clan Macpherson.

      He was appointed by Cameron of Lochiel, Deputy Lieutenant for Inverness-shire in 1950.

      He is Senior Vice-President of the Clan Macpherson Association, and a Vice President of the Clan Chattan Association. He is the only head of any of the chief families of the Clan to have returned to BADENOCH.

      During his 36 years service Colonel Macpherson has trekked and shot extensively in the Himalayas where, with a brother officer, he penetrated to the Wild Regions of Western Thibet in 1912. They attained a height of over 20,000 feet, considerable for those days; and crossed one of the highest and then little known Passes, the PARANG LA, 18,600 feet. He shot the OVIS AMMON, said to be the blue ribbon of Himalayan Shooting. He and his


brother officer made corrections to the Ordnance Survey Map of that part of the Frontier, and a detailed report to the Intelligence Branch A.H.Q. India on the high passes and their approaches on both sides of the Frontier, in LADAKH, where 50 years later the Chinese Invasion has taken place.

      In the course of his military service it fell to Colonel Macpherson's lot to have visited three very unusual places which must be almost unique for any one person to have seen. (1) Thibet (2) Abyssinia (3) Tristan Da Cunha, in the far south Atlantic ocean.
      (1) Thibet has already been referred to;
      (2) At the ancient Capital of Abyssinia, AKSUM, after the finish of the Eritrean Campaign, Colonel Macpherson when visiting the town was shown privately, many of the Crowns of the Kings of Abyssinia. The custom having been a new Crown for the new Emperor. The Colonel could not refrain from trying them on! Haille Selassie had not been crowned at Aksurn but at Addis Ababa.
      (3) Tristan De Cunha was visited near the end of the War on the homeward voyage when the ship he was on en route from Cape Town called at the island to land Radio Personel and stores for the garrison that held the Island, lest Hitler had established a submarine base there. Thence the voyage was continued to the River PLATE to take on meat for the U.K. at Buenos Ayres. In the River Plate the top masts and upper works of the GRAF VON SPEE were clearly visible as they passed Hitler's sunken Pocket Battleship.



      Each Macpherson Clan Rally in Kingussie and Newtonmore has its own personality. This year's rally breathed victory, gaiety and a surging confidence for the future. At 2.30 p.m. on Friday, July 31, the drizzle died away at Newtonmore to allow the opening of the Clan Macpherson Museum in the open air in the courtyard of the new extension of the new Clan Macpherson Museum.

       The platform was draped in the Hunting Macpherson tartan. The platform party consisted of Lady Macpherson, the mother of the chairman of the Clan Macpherson Association; the chief's wife, Shiela, and their two charming children, Alan Thomas and Anne, Mr. A. I. S. Macpherson, Ch.M., F.R.C.S., F.R.S.E., the chairman of the Clan Macpherson, introduced the platform party.


The large audience was not composed entirely of Macphersons, but of Cattanachs, Gillieses, Murdochs, Curries, Gillespies, Clarks and other septs of the Clan, as well as sons and daughters of mothers of the Clan along with distinguished visitors like Sir Robert Grieve, the chairman of the H.I.D. Board, and local residents of Newtonmore.

      There was a festive atmosphere with a mixture of dignity and warm kindliness running through the audience.

      The great moment came when Cluny, the Chief of the Clan Macpherson, was invited by the chairman of the Clan Association to open the new Museum.

      Cluny looked every inch a Highland chief as he strode to the door of the Museum. After three manly knocks the door was opened and Cluny was greeted by the curator, Eoin Macpherson.

      This was a moving occasion. After years of striving and hoping the Clan Macpherson had been able to see the opening of a Museum extension worthy of the Clan relics to the enhancement of not only Newtonmore but Badenoch as a whole.

      Councillor Hugh Macpherson, K.L.J., F.S.A.Scot., J.P., chairman of the House and Museum Appeal Fund, told how grateful the Clan was to the contractors, Messrs Alex. Sutherland, who one and all made up a wonderful team and against the most severe weather handicaps had finished the work in time.

      A well known distilling company had made a handsome donation to start off the project, donations and interest-free loans by clansmen and women had been the backbone of the help and it had all been capped by a handsome grant by the Highland and Islands Development Board. Though much still remained to be done the way ahead was clear.

      The prayer of dedication was movingly rendered in the soft Gaelic accents of Rev. Dr. John Macpherson, M.A. A delightful afternoon tea was served in the Craig Mhor Hotel, Newtonmore, afterwards, under the personal kindly direction of Mr. Hilton.

      That evening members and their guests were welcomed to a reception in the Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, by Cluny, the Clan Chief, his wife and the chairman of the Association.

      There was a great sense of gaiety and joy as the evening wore on at the Highland ball in the magnificent ballroom of the Duke of Gordon Hotel.

      The twinkling chandeliers, the swish of the tartans and the sound of music produced a wonderful atmosphere. The sense of gaiety and friendliness was heightened by the realisation that the Clan had a young, able Chief who combined dignity with modesty and warmth.


      The morning of Saturday, August 1, saw the annual general meeting of the Clan Association in the new Museum at Newtonmore. There was a very real sense of achievement. Though much remained to be done, the Clan were meeting in its very own new Museum property on its very own land. A corner of the new Museum, it was decided, would be dedicated to the late Lord Drumochter (Tom Macpherson, M.P.) who had done so much for the Clan Association.

      That afternoon the kilted members of the Clan Macpherson marched proudly behind their chief Cluny from Old Ralia to the Newtonmore Games on the centuries old Eilean field, led by the City of Glasgow Police Pipe Band.

      It was one of the most successful Newtonmore Games ever. The weather was superb, the field resounded to the skirl of the pipes and the click and whirr of cameras. Visitors from every part of Scotland and throughout the world had thronged to the Newtonmore Games. It was a gala day never to be forgotten.

      That evening all gathered to the ceilidh in the Duke of Gordon Hotel. Cluny and the chairman were piped in with applause. Councillor Hugh Macpherson was the fear-an-tighe.

      Mr. and Mrs. Currie, the new proprietors of the Duke of Gordon Hotel, were introduced to the company and thanked for their courtesy and kindliness. Clanspeople and visitors from all the farthest flung parts of the world were welcomed by name. Perhaps the couple who had come farthest to the rally were Mr. Jim Williamson and his wife Ray who had come all the way from Heriot, Otago, New Zealand.

      A newcomer to ceilidhs was a thrilling display of fencing by pupils of Kingussie High School.       The highlight of the ceilidh was a special chorus by Cath Hunter, the well-known local singer, to welcome the new chief Cluny. The delight of the whole company was manifest in welcoming Lady Macpherson.

      The rally closed on Sunday with an inspiring sermon by Rev. M. N. Wright in St. Columba's Parish Church, Kingussie, and in the afternoon a visit to the grounds of Cluny Castle or a visit to Creag Dhubh for the more energetic.

by Gilleasbuig Lachlainn Illeasbuig




No. 13 Rt. Rev. COLIN A. MacPHERSON.
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Argyll and the Isles.       The Arms of Bishop MacPherson were granted by Sir James Monteith Grant, Lord Lyon King of Arms, on the 10th September, 1969, and are recorded on the 44th page of the 52nd volume of the Lyon Register.

      These Arms afford an interesting example of ecclesiastical heraldry as well as "differencing" by the addition of a border. The shield contains the main components of the Cluny Arms, viz., the hand holding the dagger, the cross-crosslet , and the galley but the shield is divided horizontally by a wavy partition line and surrounded by a border. The border is charged with "cats' faces" and "cross-crosslets". The "cats' faces", alluding to the wildcat crest of the Chief, represents an interesting method of incorporating the cat within the shield itself since it is customary in Scotland for the Arms of a clergyman to be depicted without a crest. This is the only example of a Macpherson shield which contains the cat. The border, in these Arms, is an integral part of the shield design and not simply an indication of "cadency" as is the case in other Macpherson Arms surrounded by a border.

      The shield is ensigned with a Bishop's mitre and an episcopal crozier and surmounted by an ecclesiastical hat "befitting his degree". The clerical hat of a Bishop is green with six green tassels on each side.

     Bishop MacPherson resides at Bishop's House, Oban, Argyllshire.



      Eoin Macpherson, Curator of the Clan Macpherson Museum, Newtonmore, recorded Arms at Lyon Court on 18th April, 1970 and they were entered in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, Volume 52, page 59.

      The Arms are predominantly blue with the galley, the hand holding the dagger and the cross-crosslet in gold. A gold band across the centre of the shield (called a "fess") contains several objects of special significance. The "sword", in the central charge of crossed sword and pipe chanter, represents "the sword of justice" to commemorate Eoin Macpherson's long service, and that of his father also, in the Scottish Constabulary. His father, John Macpherson, spent 40 years in the Perthshire and Kinross-shire Constabulary, latterly as Deputy Chief Constable of the Combined Counties. Eoin himself served for 28 years in the Special Constabulary and was an Inspector of Turriff and District area. The "pipe chanter" alludes to the splendid record of Phosa (Mrs. Eoin) Macpherson's family as pipers to the Cluny Chiefs, the most notable being her grandfather, Malcolm Macpherson, the famous "Calum Piobair".

           The "book of learning" refers of Eoin's great-grandfather, William Macpherson, the first Headmaster of Daniel Stewart's School, Strathtay. The "wing" signifies Eoin Macpherson's service in the Royal Air Force during World War II.

      The crest is "cat sejant erect proper, collared Or, pendent there from a hurt charged with an Eagle volant of the Second". A "hurt" is a blue roundel and this is "charged" with a gold eagle "volant" (flying) in allusion to service in the R.A.F.

      The Motto, "Touch not gloveless", is an "answering motto" to the Chief's "Touch not the cat but a glove".

      Eoin Macpherson has been Curator of the Clan Museum since 1966.

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     A matriculation of Arms of particular interest to clansmen is the recent Lyon Court Matriculation of John D. Gillespie of Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.A.

      These Arms show very clearly the similarity of the Gillespie Arms to the Macpherson Arms, which is to be expected in view of the close Clan relationship. The background of the shield, is of course, blue but the gold Gillespie galley has three masts in contrast to the single masted Macpherson ship. The upper part of the shield, called the "chief", is silver and the red hand and dagger and the red cross-crosslet are placed in the reverse position to that of the Macpherson Arms, i.e. the crosslet is in the upper left hand corner. In the centre "chief " is placed a "trefoil slipped Vert" and this relates to the name of Duval, the surname of the wife of George Gillespie of the county of Ayr, to whom the original Grant of Arms was made. The "bordure embattled" which surrounds the shield is a sign of cadency to "difference" the Arms of John Gillespie from those of his ancestor.

       The crest is "a demi-cat-a-mountain rampant proper, gorged of a collar Azure and grasping between its paws a Cuduceus Or". The "Caduceus" commemorates Mr. John Gillespie's service in the Hospital Corps of the U.S. Navy during the Korean campaign. This is again a "difference" personal to Mr. Gillespie.

       Mr. John D. Gillespie is a member of the North American Branch of the Clan Macpherson Association.





Gleanings from History especially researched for Creag Dhubh

CUPAR -- August 27, 1798. The Examinators are happy in the first opportunity of expressing their entire approbation of Miss Macpherson's manner of teaching the English Language agreeably to the strict rules of Grammar and proper pronunciation. She likewise, with assistants teaches the different and elegant branches of Needle Work, Drawing and Music. This Seminary for Girls bids fair to become of great public utility. Miss McPherson has accommodation for a few more Boarders. The terms are L.20 per annum, exclusive of school fees.

Edinburgh Advertiser. 11th September 1798

      April 1800. Died at Chelsea, Robert McFarson, aged 98; in May 1716 he entered on board the "Panther". Capt. Lestock; after which he entered into the army; he was in several battles with the Duke of Marlborough, and a sarjeant of a regiment of foot with General Wolfe, at Quebec. There are some living in Portsmouth, who remember him following the vocation of a dancing master, in 1769.

Edinburgh Weekly Journal, 9th April, 1800

      9 December 1801. Peter Macpherson, son of the deceased Archibald Macpherson, in Inverchollan, Argyllshire, accused of petty theft, was at his own petition, and with the consent of the Procurator Fiscal of the County, banished from the said shire during life.

Edinburgh Weekly Journal, 28 December, 1801.

      Listed amongst Emigre noblemen who returned to France in 1797. Marquis Persan.

Edinburgh Evening Courant, 21 September, 1797.

      The late Cluny Volunteers have presented to Capt. Donald McPherson of Inverpattag, their commander, an elegant Sword and a Pair of Pistols, in testimony of their high esteem and regard for him as an Officer and Gentleman while under his command.

Edinburgh Advertiser, 19 November, 1802.

      On last New Year's Day, the Company of Laggan Volunteers, Badenoch, Inverness-shire, presented Captain McDonald of Moy, (presumably Moy on Loch Lagganside), with a very elegant Fusea and a Pair of Pistols, as a testimony of their respect and esteem for him; and at the same time, Captain McDonald presented Ensign John McDonald of the same Corps, with an elegant silver cup, as a testimony of his approbation of his conduct while acting under him as an Officer.

Edinburgh Advertiser 8 April, 1803

Order for paying two years Rent of the Inn of Dalwhinnie.

2nd February 1802. 2nd February 1802..

      Upon reading again a Petition from Donald Macpherson of Knockandow, 10th Clark of Gingerhall, Robert McPherson in Kingston and Kenneth McPherson, Planter all in the Island of Jamaica Executors of John McPherson late of the Parish of Saint Thomas in the East; and of Andrew MacPherson and Ewan Macpherson of Clune in Inverness-shire; Commissioners and Factors for the said Executors. Praying the Barons for the reasons therein set forth to Order them payment of the sum of � as two years rent of the Inn of Dalwhinnie at Martinmas 1798 and 1799 which because due by the Barons to the said John Macpherson late of the Parish of St. Thomas in the East, who was Heir apparent of the deceast John McPherson sometime of Inverhaven who was Proprietor of the said Inn.

(Reg. Ho. Exchequer Orders E.306. Vol. 5. fol. 265)
Hugh Macpherson, residing at Brora,
appointed assistant Surveyor of Taxes for
Counties of Caithness and Sutherland.
4 February 1805 E.306 Vol. 6 fol. 165.

Ed. Evening Courant 18 April 1796

      Alexander Naime, Accountant in Edinburgh, trustee for Colonel Duncan Macpherson of Bleaton and his creditors, having sold the whole of Colonel Macpherson's estates, proposes to make a dividend amongst his creditors on the 20th of June 0000; he therefore requests that such of Col. Macpherson's creditors as have not already lodged their grounds of debt, and oaths to the verity thereof, with him, or Archibald Milne, Writer to the Signet, will be pleased to do so on or before the 10th day of May next.

23rd April 1796. General Assembly Members. Presbytery of Skye. Rev. Mr. McPherson of Sleat.

War Office Gazette 14th May 1796.
      88-Foot - Quartermaster -- Williams to be Ensign, vice McPherson, who is superseded.

      1796. Died at Madras, 31 of January last, in the service of the Honourable East India Company, after a long and severe illness, Lieutenant John Macpherson, at the age of 27 years; a promising young officer, whose amiable manners, and naval good behaviour, rendered him agreeable to all his acquaintances, who now sincerely


regret his death. Lieutenant Macpherson was the eldest son of Colonel Duncan Macpherson of Bleaton, who since the year 1759, served his King and Country for many years in the East Indies, and during the last war in America. [The youngest son of this family was Lt Gen Robert Barclay Macpherson who portrait hangs in the Clan Macpherson Museum]

(Ed. Ev. Courant 1st August 1796).

      Died in Edinburgh the 29th December 1796, universally regretted, Mrs. Ann Macpherson, spouse of Captain John Macpherson, of Ballachroan, in the 51st year of her age.

[This is likely to have been the 'Black Officer' who was killed four years later in an avalanche. ]
      Died on the 24th of September 1796, at the age of 25 years, much and justly regretted by all who knew him, at an outpost in the island of St. Vincent's in less than three days after his having been seized with the fever, Lieutenant Adam Macpherson, of the second West India regiment, third son to Colonel Duncan Macpherson of Bleaton -- a young man, of whose military talents great expectations were forming; being in the field cool and gallant, and in civil society, mild, placid, and in every respect agreeable. The distress of his parents may therefore be easier imagined than described.

Edinburgh Evening Courant 9 March 1787.

      A meeting was called at Blairgowrie on the 6th current by Colonel Macpherson, Deputy Lieutenant of the 20th District Perthshire, to enrol volunteers for internal defence.
      The inhabitants of the parishes of Blairgowrie, Kenloch, Rattray, with part of Beaducky, in that district, turned out with the greatest alacrity, marching with their clergymen and heritors at their head. There were 140 subscribers in a few hours and many more are expected. The greatest unanimity prevailed, and many hearty cheers were given to our KING, Constitution, religion, and laws.

Volunteers 1797 -- The Grampian Brigade
Duke of Gordon ..... 424 men
Lochiel   ..... ..... ..... 424 men
Cluny     ..... ..... .....  315 men
Mackintosh ..... .....  315 men

      Highland Society's prize of �: 10 awarded to Findlay McPherson, tacksman of Ballimore, for the second best Bull in the possession of tenants in the Strathspey district, kept on their farm and exhibited at Aviemore in year 1795.

Edin. Evening Courant 8 February 1796

      (7th January 1832) Mr. John Macpherson, Master of a vessel belonging to Perth, then lying at the New Shore, Perth, fell from a plank while going on board, and was unfortunately drowned. He has left a wife and numerous family to suffer and lament his loss.

SCOTSMAN 19 January 1832


      AN ANCIENT HIGHLANDER -- There is present living at Grulla, in the Isle of Skye, a man named John Macpherson, who had attained to the extraordinary age of 108 years. His faculties are still active, his memory, in particular, being unimpaired. This veteran clansman, who has witnessed so many changes in his native country, still at the extinction of the feudal spirit, by which the glory of clans and chiefs has been eclipsed. He remembers Prince Charles Stuart, after the battle of Culloden, disguised as a female, and going under the name of Morag, in company with the celebrated Flora Macdonald.

Edinburgh Advertiser 16 August 1851

      29 April 1803. The University and King's College of Aberdeen have conferred the Degree of Doctor in Divinity on Rev. Martin Macpherson, A.M. Minister of Records of the Barons of the Exchequer. King's Remembrancer's Office


To Alex. M'Pherson

      I am directed by the Barons to inform you that they have agreed to Let to you the Inn at Dalwhinny for one year from the Term of Whitsunday next, at the Rent of �.Stg upon the Condition of your keeping the house in the State of repair in which it is at Present -- and further, that you are to keep it in such a manner as to Give entire Satisfaction to the Gentlemen in the neighbourhood, who are Justices of the Peace and who will, Agreeable to the Wishes of the Barons, visit it from time to time, in Order to see that you Comply with these Conditions; and further, you oblige Yourself to remove from the Premises, at Whitsunday 1808, without any Process of removing, if the Barons shall so direct -- and that under the Penalty of � Stg.

I am

Your Obedient Servt.

      I agree to the above. (Sgd.) ALEXANDER McPHERSON

Treasury Minute Book. Barons of the Exchequer
      24 November 1802. Read the Petition of Jane M'Pherson Spouse of Lieutenent John M'Pherson at Blaragry, Captain Jo. M'Lean of the 92 Reg. and William Mitchell praying for a Warrant for payment of three years rent of the Inn at Dalwhinny due to the late Proprietor thereof.


Perth Sheriff Court                                                                                  Wednesday 27th December, 1830
      David Mitchell and John M'Pherson, from Almond Bank, near Methven, were charged with assaulting John Malcom, assistant gamekeeper at Methven, about half-past 11 o'clock on the night of 20th November, whereby he was severely wounded on the head. They pled Not Guilty, which led to the examination of witnesses, when it was found not proven against Mitchell, a lame, feeble lad; but M'Pherson was found guilty, and sentenced to pay a fine of � and find security to keep the peace for six months.


Edinburgh Evening Courant                                                                                                 10 July, 1797
      Sunday 2nd July 1797. Died at (sic) Badenoch, Inverness-shire, Mrs. LOUISA CAMPBELL, relict of Rev. Mr. ROBERT M'PHERSON, formerly minister there.

10 August, 1797

      (Bath -- August 2nd). Mr. M'PHERSON, gardener, and MR MAGGS, the present tenant of the farm at Claverton, received from Lord GALLOWAY's farm in Scotland, on Wednesday last, near 400 head of cattle, which will be very soon fit for slaughter.
      They left Galloway on the 28th of June, and came under the care of ten drovers. Notwithstanding the expense attending their being brought here, they can be afforded at prices far below the exorbitant charges of the dealers in this country.
      They were near a month on their journey, travelling about 20 miles a day; the train was full a mile in length. Claverton Down is the present range for this numerous drove; and, on account of the late seasonable rains, it affords excellent pasture.
      A further drove of about 500 is very soon expected, with a number of Scots ponies.

Gazette                                                                                                                                             22 August, 1797
      Major-General Keppel's Regiment; Lieut. Rob. CHRISTIE from the 35th, to be Lieutenant, vice M'PHERSON, who exchanges.

35th Foot:
      Lieut. Duncan M'PHERSON from Major-General Keppel's Regiment to be Lieutenant, vice CHRISTIE who exchanges.


                                                                                                                                                      25 March,1797
      Died lately, at Basseterre, in Guadeloupe, where he had been detained as a prisoner of war, since the 29th of March last, MALCOLM ROSS MACPHERSON, Esq., Ensign in the 4th battalion of the 50th regiment of foot; a young gentleman of very promissing abilities, whose gentleness of manners and manliness of disposition endeared him to all his acquaintances, He was the eldest son of Mr. Alex. MACPHERSON, writer in


Inverness, and grandson of the deceased Malcolm ROSS, Esq., younger of Pitcalny. His relations and friends will please accept of this notification of his death.


Brunswick                                                                                                          Saturday, December 20th, 1794
      " . . . Duke (of Brunswick) at dinner -- mentioned an anonymous letter he has received -- conjectured to be from Sir J. M'Pherson -- its object to induce him to take the command, although the means employed do not at all appear to promote it."

Customs (Exchequer) Records                                                                                               24th March, 1796
      Robert and Mary. McPherson (Master) arr. Leith from Easdale with slates.

Edinburgh Weekly Journal                                                                                         9 December, 1801
      Peter Macpherson, son of the deceased Archibald Macpherson, in Inverchollan, Argyllshire, accused of petty theft, was at his own petition and with consent of the Procurator Fiscal of the county, banished from the said shire during life.


RALLY 1970

      It was with some trepidation that we arrived in Kingussie to attend the Clan Macpherson Rally, wondering what kind of people we would meet and how we would be received. Our first function was the ball and it was here that our fears were completely dispelled, thanks to the kindness and hospitality of the people, and in no time we knew we belonged and were accepted by the people of this wonderful Highland Clan. What a host of treasured memories to take home to New Zealand. The Games at Newtonmore, how our hearts filled with pride to see those representatives of the Clan bearing the Battle Standard, marching down the hill and onto the historic grounds overlooked by CREAG DHUBH preceded by the pipes and drums of the Glasgow Police Band.

      Then the Ceilidh with its variety of entertainment and the able manner with which Hugh Macpherson conducted proceedings.

      In the quiet of a beautiful Sunday morning to attend divine worship with other members of the Clan was a most fitting conclusion to a very enjoyable Rally.

      To us this weekend has been a wonderful experience and we thank you one and all from the bottom of our hearts. We say Goodbye and God Bless you all.

Yours sincerely,

"Ray and Jim Williamson"

Heriot, Otago, N.Z.


"First Impressions"

      It had all happened before; but there is always a 'first' for most people, and perhaps I was one of many MacPherson's who had been dragging their feet over the years, just another of 'Culloden' descent '-- Late for the Battle' .

      The Clan Rally 1970 was noted for an additional, but eagerly awaited ceremony, the formal opening by Cluny of the new extension to the Clan MacPherson House and Museum at Newtonmore, who was accompanied by his wife Shiela and their two charming children, Alan and Anne. As Cluny strode forward to perform the simple act of opening everyone present was rightly proud of their new leader, for he looked every inch a Highland Chief and a worthy successor in line to the Chieftainship of the Macphersons. It must also have been a moment of achievement for Councillor Hugh Macpherson (Edinburgh) Chairman of the House and Museum Appeal Fund, who had devoted a great deal of his personal time and interest to raise the sums required for the completion of this attractive building this was fitting reward for Hugh and his friends, who had donated their gifts, to record yet another chapter in Clan history: To quote from the pen of another "one window in this spacious extension has been deliberately designed and positioned to give a clear and picturesque view of Creag Dhubh, one of the mountain peaks, overlooking the village, which gave its name to the War Cry of the Clan.

      The commodious and well appointed ballroom of the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie was the venue for the Grand Ball, offering the organisers the perfect setting for gaiety and glamour. Tartan sashed ladies with their kilted escorts were personally received by the Chief and his wife who during the evening endeared themselves to all, by mixing freely with their friends and visitors alike. The hills around echoed to the musical rhythm of reels and strathspeys, as the dancers stepped them out with gay abandon, even the onlookers enjoyed watching the experts teach the timid and uninitiated, the tricky, and intricate steps of an Eightsome Reel, or another of its kind, which may have bad its origin in Badenoch country. It was evident as the 'wee sma oor's were reached no one showed the slightest concern, as to where the dance or its tune originated, or how competent they were in its interpretation; some were a little unstable, and the rosy cheeks were beginning to pale, energy was flagging, breathing heavy, but let it be said to their eternal credit 'The night was Highland and no one wanted to hear the bugler sound "Lights out"!' Next evening the stage was set for the MacPherson Ceilidh, also held in the Duke of Gordon with Hugh Macpherson as 'Fear-an-Tighe' extending a welcome to all, dress was informal, no standing on ceremony, just bring a drop of 'Tonic Water' in your sporran, and you will find there the friendliest place on earth. There is usually, no arranged programme of entertainment. Everyone present is a potential artiste, possessing some hidden talent awaiting discovery, and to get into the act someone has said "Just catch the eye of Fear-an-Tighe" -- as the hours of jollification roll on friends become


'relations' and when Fear-an-Tighe calls for the linking of hands to sing Auld Lang Syne, you will discover that your family tree has grown more branches than you ever dreamed of, -- 'That then is a Ceilidh' -- fortified by 'Tonic Water'.

(L-R) Chairman Archie with Cluny and Curator Eoin

      Sunday the Clan attended morning worship in the little Church, shared by the local residents. Taking part in the Service was Cluny, the Chief and A.I.S. Macpherson our Chairman who read the scriptures in turn, and the sermon was preached by Rev. N. Wright the Minister of the Church. Among the worshippers who lingered on after the service, to exchange friendly greetings with Clansmen and friends was the mother of our Chairman, Lady Helen Stewart Macpherson, whose 95 years goes unnoticed, because she takes such a lively and active interest in Clan affairs, and whose gracious and charming personality is greatly appreciated when she is present on these Clan occasions. Sunday evening saw the departure of many Clansmen to their homes throughout the country, but many from overseas were continuing their stay in Scotland and in other parts of Britain before returning to the land of their birth or adoption, whichever their forebears had decreed.

      MEETING -- GREETING -- FLEETING, these three, Summarise my "First Impressions" of a Clan Rally -- but the enjoyable memories linger on, for 'The blood is strong and the heart is Highland'.

Robert MacPherson,
26 Corbiehill Place, Edinburgh.


at The Clan Rally 1970

Mr. & Mrs. Elmo Philips, Millbrae, San Francisco                     his mother was Josephine MacPherson. ?

Colonel & Mrs. William Lindsay McPherson (U.S. Army Retired)         Descendant of Robert and Janet
1 Ingles Court, Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.A.           McPherson who settled in Pennsylvania about 1738.

Thomas & Renee MacPherson, Makerere University,                           Children, Moira & Alistair
P.O. Box 16020. Kampala, Uganda, East Africa.

Lloyd MacPherson, St. Andrew's College, Aurora, Ontario, Canada.


W. C. Carsilman,
66 Bedford Street,
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.

Father Joseph E. McPherson,
2118 Payne Street,
Kentucky, U.S.A.

Mr. & Mrs. Donald A. Gillies,
9 Aintree Avenue,
East Doncaster,
Victoria, Australia.

Mr. & Mrs. Harold N. MacPherson,
330 Acadia Road,
Quebec, Canada.

Mr. & Mrs. Bookham,
13312-135 Street
Edmonton, Alberta,



Mr. & Mrs. Russell Doyle      (nee Elizabeth MacPherson)
8135 Madison Avenue,
St Louis, Missouri 63114, U.S.A.


Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Ray Williamson,
Gemlake, Heriot,
Otago, New Zealand.

Mr. Murray & Mrs. Dorothy Macpherson             Family tree .
Hawthorn, Adelaide,                 letter sent to "Creag Dhubh"
South Australia.                         1966 edition

Mr. Erle Ewan McPherson,
3 Mavis Street,
Coffs Harbour,
N.S.W., Australia.