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No. 27


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ANNUAL OF




The Chief

Hon. Vice-Presidents

Officers of the Association

1 The Rookery, Rookery Drive,Wescot Surrey RH4 3LQ

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Hon. Secretary
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Hon. Treasurer
MRS. EDITH McPHERSON, 62 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 2AD

Mrs D. MACPHERSON, Sunnybrae, Newton Terrace, Blairgowrie

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

Editorial Committee
A.C. MACPHERSON, M.A., LL.B (Editor), 31 Comely Place, Edinburgh, EH4 1AJ
JOHN M. BARTON, W.S. (Secretary) and T.A.S. MACPHERSON, A.R.I.C.S. (Advertising)

Correspondence on Association Affairs

For convenience, correspondence writing to any of the foregoing Officers of the Association regarding matters concerning the affairs of the Association may address their letters to them,by their office, to:
Clan Macpherson House and Museum, NEWTONMORE, Inverness-shire


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
Hilton, Inverness
ROBERT PEARSON, Monk Mains Cottage, Haddington,
East Lothian
ENGLAND & WALESHARRY MACPHERSON-SYMONS,O.B.E., Infield, East Lane, East Horseley, Surry.
R.G.M. MACPHERSON, 195 Waldencroft Avenue, Burlington, Ontario
USAROBERT B. MACPHERSON, Piobair Farm, Chauncy
Walker Drive, Belchertown, Mass 01007
Road, Altona North Victoria 3025
SOUTHLAND, N.Z. E.M. MACPHERSON, 64 Louisa Street, Invercargill


Piper                                        ANGUS MACPHERSON, Achany, Lairg, Sutherland
Hon. Auditor                                        JAMES K. MCMURDO,
8 Featherhall Gr, Corstorphine, Edinburgh



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      In August 1974 the Clan lost its senior Chieftain, Colonel Alexander Macpherson of Pitmain. More formal tributes are paid elsewhere, but I would like to record my own sense of loss and that of all of us in his death.

      May I also once more send to you all my greetings through the pages of Creag Dhubh.

      This last year has been marked by a successful Rally held by our newly "separated" United States of America Branch; this took place in October at the Belchertown home of Robert and Arlena Macpherson. I am so glad to hear of its success and to welcome new members to our Association in that thriving Branch.

      I have had news from Donald and Gordon Macpherson from Canada of their most successful Dinner, held in Hamilton. And our other Gordon Macpherson has now gone back to Australia, taking with him a formal "Charter" authorising him to found a new Branch there.

      It is very good to know that we have many people interested in the objectives of the Association across the world, all of whom are prepared to give much time and energy to keep these objectives alive and vital in the context of the 1970s.

      In addition, our own Badenoch weekend was a great success, and I hope that we will see many members again (and many new faces) at Newtonmore and Kingussie over the first weekend of August 1975.

      To all of you I send good wishes, wherever you may read this edition of Creag Dhubh.

Beannachd Leibh


Blairgowrie 1975


      A 42-year-old Edinburgh man who knows fifteen languages is living proof that the old Scots tradition of a broad-based education still holds good.

      Mr. Ewen Macpherson, of 3 Riselaw Terrace, is fluent in French, Russian, Hungarian, Polish and Finnish, fairly good in Italian, German, Turkish, Rumanian, Persian, and Gaelic, and says he has "a smattering" of Portuguese and Hebrew. Add to that a good knowledge of of Latin, and you have as broad-based an education as you would wish.

      "I'm just interested in Europe as a whole," says Mr. Macpherson. "I took my degree in French and Russian, and joined the Foreign Office. I was invalided out after a car crash, so I had plenty of time to learn other languages."

      Mr. Macpherson has travelled in Europe, mainly in France and Italy. Much of his Hungarian he learned from refugees in 1956 after the Russian invasion. His great-grandfather was a native Gaelic speaker.

     Mr. Macpherson thinks that the next languages he may tackle are Dutch, Flemish, Basque or Slovak.


[Ewen is the] son of the late A. F. Macpherson, former Hon. Secretary of Association

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Oban Times -- 22 August 1974 . . .

Envy of Whole World, says Chief

      The importance of clanship and all that it means was emphasised by Lord Macdonald of Macdonald when he opened the Glenfinnan Gathering and Highland Games on Saturday.

      "At this present time," he said, "when there is so much uncertainty in the world these traditions of clanship have come to mean so much to us all. Over the past few years not only in this country but all over the world, people have been searching for some common bond to unite them, a bond that is able to cross the barriers of distance, politics, position and even race. Our heritage, traditions and clanship are such a bond.

      "No matter what the cynics say, these traditions of clanship cannot be bought or earned. It is a system cast upon individuals by the workings of blood and a strange affinity. Clanship in its true sense must, therefore, carry with it some obligations for it is basically a family matter able to transcend all known boundaries. It is only fitting that


clansmen should entertain for each other the unique devotion of brother for brother and in this their various chiefs are actuated by the same dedication for their clan as a father feels towards his family.

      "Membership of a clan, together with its inborn heritage and tradition, brings about in us all a sentiment of self-esteem. Such a feeling should not satisfy us because of the deeds of our ancestors but, rather, act as a spur to even greater accomplishments by ourselves and by our children.

      "This to my mind is absolutely vital for the continuation and understanding of the things which mean so much to us and which are the reasons for this memorable gathering this morning.

      "Today there are people all over the world taking note and inquiring as to what it is that makes the Highlander so special. It is, of course, our fine heritage, traditions and family spirit that make us the envy of all other nations. In spite of many years of severe suppression, the feeling of belonging to a clan and all that that means is gathering momentum. We have much, I assure you, to be proud of "

      Lord Macdonald had been introduced by Lochiel, KT. and afterwards, to signal the start of the games, the St. Andrew's Cross was raised to the top of the flagstaff by the noted piper and piping judge, 97-year-old Angus Macpherson.

      The Clan House Museum was open between 12 April and 30 September, during which period 4,355 visitors passed through the museum, a decrease of 681 on the attendance last year. A good number visit the museum who do not want to sign the book.

      The recorded addresses of our visitors show that they came from the undernoted countries with the number from each shown in brackets: Scotland and England (3,811); Wales (34); Isle of Man (6); Eire (21); USA (134); Canada (67); Australia (100); New Zealand (16); Brazil (6); Malta (3); Italy (3); South Africa (4); West Germany (37); Switzerland (9); Belgium (27); France (29); Malaya (1); Denmark (4); Norway (14); Sweden (15); Holland (13); Czechoslovakia (1).

      In all, 260 Macphersons and septs of the clan visited us, a decrease of thirty.

      Donations received in the collection boxes amounted to �5 -- as against�6 for the previous year -- a decrease of �. Membership fees brought in � 107, while sales of clan publications realised � 118.

      We again record our grateful thanks to Mr. Ron Whitton, manager


of the Highlander Motel, Newtonmore, for his generous donations towards the Clan House and Museum Appeal Fund.

      The decrease in numbers visiting the museum, receipts from collection boxes, and sales of publications, are disappointing, but not, in our opinion, disheartening. The weather in this area in 1974 was the worst experienced for a number of years, and the prospect of petrol rationing bad a devastating effect upon holiday traffic, From enquiries made, other museums have fared even worse.

      In 1973, the recorded attendance was 5,036 and donations received in collection boxes realised �6. This included several generous donations given at the official opening of the Lord Macpherson of Drumochter room. Although the current year shows a decrease of 681 visitors and a corresponding decrease of � in donations, the average over the past few years shows that we are maintaining a steady annual increase in income from the museum.

Recent Additions to Museum
Bound copies of Creag Dhubh, inscribed "Property of Clan Macpherson Association" (1949-60, and 1961-73).

Pencil Drawing (framed) of William Alan Macpherson of Cluny and Blairgowrie, QC, Chief of Clan Macpherson, by Ian C. L. Gillies, Linley Avenue, Haxby, York (now of 14 Chiddington Street, Beckenham, Perth, West Australia).

Volumes 1 and 2: The Scottish Nation (from Gordon John McPherson, 23 Paw Paw Road, Atona North, Victoria, Australia).

Volume: En Famille. A family history of the Alstons, Scotts, Macphersons, Wheflocks (from Brigadier W. L. Alston, OBE,, Morena, Victoria Terrace, Crieff).

Volume: Poems and Songs by Mary Macpherson, inscribed "To Miss Bella Macrae, Stromeferry with the author's best wishes, 24th Sept, 1891".
On Loan -- Mrs. Macpherson Cox, 17 Airlaird Road, Kilmarnock (a descendant of the author).

Minute Book (1871-1922) and various papers referring to Laggan Curling Club.
Silver Medal inscribed "Presented by Cluny Macpherson, Patron to Laggan Curling Club, 1892".
One small Silver Medal and two Royal Caledonian Curling Club Medals, Two Curling Crampets.
Volume: Poetry of Badenoch by Rev. Thomas Sinton. (From Alex. Gillies, Laggan.)


Clan Journals received -- Clan Chattan Association 1974
Clan Donnachaidh Society 1974
Clan Macleod Society 1974

Coloured picture (framed): Gathering of the Clans (from Mrs. M. Macpherson, Castle Carrick, Auchterarder).

Photograph -- Sir Duncan James Macpherson K.B.I.E. (from Ronald W. G. Macpherson, Chairman of Clan Macpherson Association (Son).

Post Office Telegraph Form of the type used in Queen Victoria's reign (from R. G. M. Macpherson, 193 Waldoncroft Crescent, Burlington, Ontario, Canada).

Set of coloured photographs taken at the first Rally of the United States Branch in October 1974 (from Colonel William L. McPherson, 404 Ingles Court, S.W. Blacksburg, Virginia, USA).

A History qf The Clan MacGillivray by Robert MacGillivray and George B. Macgillivray (from The Clan Macpherson Association, Canadian Branch).

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17 West Maitland Street
Edinburgh EH 12 5AE
31 Dec. 1974

      This year I am very happy to report an increase of �492.44 in our Fund with the result that all debts, with the exception of the balance of the mortgage payable to the Inverness Building Society, are now paid.

      I am hopeful that this balance will be fully paid before the end of 1975. As always, we in the Association are grateful to all our members and friends for their continuing support.

      Further donations would be appreciated and should be made payable to the Clan Macpherson Trust.

Clan Macpherson Trust House &
Museum Appeal Fund



No. 22 Cadets of Cluny
      There are five Macphersons who have recorded Arms at Lyon Court and who bear the plain Arms of Cluny "differenced" by the addition of a bordure. These clansmen belong to what is described as "cadet families" and as such have been assigned the Cluny Arms within a bordure to signify their position within the Clan.

      The late Francis Cameron Macpherson, who was Tanistair and latterly 25th Chief of the Clan, bore Arms in his own right prior to his succession as Chief. He was granted the Cluny Arms within a gold border and these Arms are illustrated on page 145 of the 1967 issue of this journal.

      The Arms of Macpherson of Invereshie were first recorded in Vol, 1, page 361, of the Lyon Register and contain the Cluny Arms within a red border. The present representative of the Invereshie Branch is Sir Ewan George Macpherson-Grant, 6th Baronet, of Ballindalloch and of Invereshie, who quarters the Invereshie Arms with those of Grant. The Crest of Invereshie is "a cat sejant with her forefeet erected guardant proper".




      Macpherson of Banchor (Lyon Register Vol. 33, p. 72) bears the Cluny Arms within "a bordure per fess Azure and Or", i.e. the upper half blue and the lower half gold. These Arms were recorded on the 31st July, 1939, by the late Lt. Col. Duncan Iver Macpherson of Banchor, OBE, and the Crest is blazoned "a cat-a-mountain sejant guardant having its dexter paw raised proper".

      Macpherson of Dalchully matriculated Arms on the 23rd March, 1933 (Lyon Register Vol. 30, p. 51), and the Arms are "differenced" by the addition of a "bordure Chequy Azure and Argent". The Crest is described in heraldic terms as "a cat sejant guardant proper" but depicted on the parchment Letters Patent as "sejant guardant and erect". W. Cheyne-Macpherson of Dalchully was the author of The Chiefs of Clan Macpherson.

      The late Col. E. R. Rivers-Macpherson, OBE, who belonged to the Dalchully Branch, bore the Cluny Arms within "a bordure per pale chequy and compony Azure and Argent". These Arms were recorded on the 12th December, 1938, in volume 33, p. 45 of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland, Lyon Court, and the Crest is described as "a cat-a-mountain sejant rampant guardant forepaw erect proper". Col. Rivers-Macpherson was the founder of the Canadian Branch of the Clan Association,

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No. 23 Ian C. L. Gillies
      A recent matriculation, of interest to all members of the Association, are the Arms of Ian Gillies of Haxby, York, England. These Arms were granted by the Lord Lyon King of Arms on the 5th July, 1973, "for and in memory of" Ian's late father, John Norman Gillies, and matriculated with a "suitable difference" by his son on the 30th November, 1973. (Lyon Register Vol. 56, p. 79.)

      The Arms are divided "per chevron" gold and blue with a red chevron, "fimbriated" or edged gold on its lower edge. The Chevron is charged with a "gold heart", to signify the armiger's love of Scotland, with the components of the Cluny Arms, the cross-crosslet (which is blue in this instance), the red hand holding the dagger, and the gold galley placed between the chevron. The shield is surrounded by a red border as a mark of cadency for the second son.

      The Crest is the traditional Gillies cat in the position described in heraldry as "courant" or "running", and "differenced" by the addition of a red collar. The motto, "Beware the cat ungloved" is an "answering motto" to that of the Chief.

      Mr. Gillies is an enthusiastic member of the Clan Association,






No. 24 Sir Arthur George Macpherson, KCIE
      The late Sir Arthur George Macpherson (d . 1921), a Puisne Judge of the High Court, Calcutta, matriculated Arms in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland (Vol. 16, p. 5) on the 26th March, 1900.       The Arms, based on those of the Chief of the Clan, consist of a blue field with a gold galley which flies the national saltire flag of Scotland. The silver "chief ", or upper part of the shield, is "indented" for "differnce"


once" and charged with a blue hand and dagger and a blue crosscrosslet. The shield is surmounted by a knight's helmet on which is placed the Crest, described as "a cat rampant guardant proper".

      As a Knight Commander of The Indian Empire, Sir Arthur's shield is surrounded by the circlet of the Order bearing the legend "Imperatricis Auspiciis" and below the shield is suspended the badge of the Order.

      Sir Arthur's nephew, Captain Donald Waller Macpherson, matriculated these same Arms, with the "difference" of "a chief invected" rather than "indented", on the 20th October, 1915, and they were recorded in the Lyon Register, Volume 22, p. 63.



4 Bingham Street Canonbury
London N1 2QQ 12
February 1975

My Dear Archy,
      A couple of years ago you published Colonel Allan's (my g-g-g-grandfather) silver receipt. I found many of his documents and wonder


whether any are of interest as 'facsimile' pictures, or simply as documents to copy. The window and hair powder tax ones might be reproduceable!! And I enjoyed the letter to the Bailie as to celebrating the Battle of Trafalgar!

      By this time, Colonel Allan was at Blairgowrie (which he bought in 1787), and had built Blairgowrie House. Think of writing to a Bailie or a Provost in that tone nowadays!

      Could you return them in due course -- they are all part of my collection, but use them if they are of any interest.



A Scottish Miniaturist in Florence -- The Work of Giuseppe Macpherson

      In the Florence of the Grand Duke Cosimo III of Tuscany (b. 1642, Grand Duke of Tuscany 1670-1723) Scottish travellers found a sympathetic welcome, whether they were noblemen on a tour of Europe and full of curiosity for the treasures of Italy, painters studying to learn their art, or religious and political refugees. During Cosimo's long rule cultural relations with Stuart England took on a new breadth and importance, and after the Act of Union in 1707 Scottish cultural and commercial exchanges with Tuscany developed apace.

      Cosimo III was better acquainted with English art than any of his predecessors, as Gran Principe of Tuscany he made a tour of Europe which brought him to England in 1669. In London he sat for his portrait to the celebrated miniaturist Samuel Cooper, and after he became Grand Duke he had acquired through his agents portraits by Holbein Kneller and Lely. From Lely he also hoped to obtain a series of Beauties comparable to the Windsor Beauties Lely had painted for the Duchess of York. The majority of British artists who came to Florence during his reign were in fact Scottish.

      The miniature painter David Paton, who had accompanied the Hon. William Tollemache on the Grand Tour, still recalled at the end of his life Cossimo's generous patronage of him during his stay in Florence in 1683, sending the Grand Duke a miniature of Isaac Newton in grateful remembrance. John Smibert painted a picture of Siberian Tartars for Cosimo which the Grand Duke subsequently presented to the Czar of Russia. John Alexander dedicated his engravings after Raphael to Cosimo, and in gratitude for patronage named his son, Cosmo. On his return to Scotland in 1719 John Alexander was commissioned by the Duke of Gordon to decorate the staircase ceiling at Gordon Castle with an Italianate baroque design -- The Rape of Proserpina.

      Alexander, second Duke of Gordon (1678-1728) was a Scot whose relations with Cosimo III were closest. Distant kinship and longstanding ties of epistolary friendship united Alexander with the Grand Duke. Now best remembered as an ardent Jacobite, Alexander met Cosimo on his Grand Tour and received many presents and other favours from him during the early years of the 18th century. They met again in the latter half of 1717 when Alexander made a mysterious journey on the Continent ostensibly to visit Cosimo. At Florence he was received with great honours. The Duke brought a self-portrait by Sir John Medina, The Kneller of the North, for the Grand Duke's collection of artists' self-portraits, and commissioned from Foggini, Cosimo's court sculptor and the leading exponent of the Florentine Baroque, a fine marble bust of Cosimo, III which stood formerly in the main hall of Gordon Castle, and is now in the Victoria and Albert


Museum. As an extremely devout Catholic prince Cosimo undoubtedly wished to support and encourage a great Scottish nobleman of his own persuasion. He paid Alexander a great honour by requesting that his first son should be named after him.

      To Cosimo the Duke of Gordon paid a personal compliment of a more curious nature. From the Personal Memoirs of Pryse Lockhart Gordon (1830) we learn that on his visit to Florence "the Scottish Duke had brought in his suite two sturdy and handsome Highlanders, as running footmen or volantes (the fashion of the time, and which is still continued in Italy on state occasions). These mountaineers, clothed in appropriate costumes, exhibited a novelty which had never before been seen in Italy; and their well-turned limbs, war-like countenances, and extraordinary activity, as avant-couriers, attracted general admiration.

      These Highlanders clearly captured the Grand Ducal imagination, for one of them, Donald Macpherson, was left behind in his service.

Macpherson, who was presumably a catholic like his chief, settled in Florence and was still living there after the Grand Duke's death in 1723. It may be supposed that he married there, for his son, Giuseppe Macpherson was born in Florence on March 19, 1726.

      Giuseppe Macpherson, who later became a familiar figure industriously copying in the Grand Duke's gallery in Florence, began his artistic life as a pupil of Pompeo Batoni in Rome. There he painted life-size portraits and conversation pieces of English visitors. Soon, however, he made a name for himself as a miniature painter, and early in the 1740s he was already producing fine enamel miniature portraits. In April 1754 Giuseppe Baretti wrote of his portrait which he had "had done in enamel by a young gentleman called Macpherson, a Florentine by birth but of Scottish extraction, who was in Italy three or four years ago", later in the same year he mentions Macpherson as being still in London. Macpherson is also said to have worked in Milan and Paris, and probably in Germany, painting miniature portraits of European rulers, princes, and gentlemen, and making copies of celebrated pictures from famous galleries.

      By the mid-1760s Macpherson was back in Florence, where he was soon busy making miniature copies of the artists' self-portraits in the Grand Duke's Gallery for Lord Cowper -- that colourful Anglo-Florentine -- who lent sixty of them to an exhibition held by the Florentine Academy in 1767. Lord Cowper was finally to present 224 miniature copies by Macpherson of this celebrated series of artists' self-portraits to King George III (Fig. 3). Permission to copy paintings in the Grand Duke's Gallery was by established custom generously accorded to many well-established artists and to some students. Their diligence, the quality of their work and the care they took of the pictures were watched and noted by the Director of the Gallery, and it was only a very few artists who received the privilege of copying in the Tribuna, which then housed the most precious treasures of the Medici collection. The high opinion


which Bencivenni Pelli, the Director of the Gallery, entertained of Macpherson was disclosed when the painter applied in 1777 to be allowed to copy Correggio's Madonna and Guercino's Samian Sibyl in the Tribuna, for the minute submitting his application to the Grand Duke Pietro Leopoldo describes him as one of the most skilled professors of the city. He was in fact the prototype of the professional copyists who became such an institution in 19th century Florence.

      In May 1778, Macpherson presented his own self-portrait to the Gallery. In a memorandum which he forwarded with the miniature to the Grand Duke, Bencivenni Pelli wrote that at the persuasion of some of his friends Macpherson had overcome his modesty and presented his portrait for inclusion in the famous series, adding that it was executed with a mastery that needed no praise, since it corresponded to the known ability of the artist -- a person of real merit. The Grand Duke accepted the portrait and in his name Bencivenni Pelli presented the artist with a gold medal on May 31, 1778.

      The portrait which is executed in watercolour on vellum is unusually large for a miniature (23.8 cm by 18.2 cm). It is exceptionally interesting because it is one of the rare representations of a miniature painter accompanied by the tools of his profession. Wearing a vermilion suit lined with light green silk Macpherson sits at a table pointing to an ivory miniature support fixed on a rest. Beside this is a small mortar for grinding colours, a glass of water and a long knife or scraper. He holds his pencil in his right hand. Casts on the wall and floor indicate his dedication to the serious study of his art, while the loaded palette and picture of St. Joseph with the Child in his arms, which can be dimly discerned on an easel behind the chair, recall his professional abilities as a painter in oils as well as his Saint's name and his own.

      For other forgotten details of Macpherson's life we must turn again to the memorialist, Pryse Lockhart Gordon. When he visited Florence in 1799 Macpherson's poverty-stricken daughter came to see him at his inn. Hers was a sad story.
            "My father was a painter in enamel of some eminence, and having been patronised by the late Grand Duke, was enabled to leave me at his death, twenty years ago, a respectable independence, being his only child. But unhappily I contracted an imprudent marriage with a Siennese, who very soon dissipated all our means, leaving me a few years ago almost totally destitute, and indeed I should not have the means of existence, but for the kindness of the Grand Duke, who allows me a rente viagere of one hundred crowns, this is all I have to depend on, except some small earnings I gain by embroidery. I have hitherto preserved a few of my father's enamels, a portfolio of his drawings, and some pictures; but necessity compels me to dispose of them. I have brought a couple of the former with me for your inspection, and cannot doubt that you, as a connoisseur, will acknowledge their merit."


      She produced two cases from her sac, containing two highly-finished and well-executed enamels, one a copy of the Madonna Della Seggiola, and the other of the Fornarina of Raphael. These two miniatures Pryse Gordon purchased for twenty sequins and promised to look later at her drawings. "A few months after this transaction", he says, "I went to Rome and mentioned it to my uncle, Mr. Morrison. He had a perfect recollection of the painter whom he had often seen during his frequent visits to Florence, and said that he was esteemed an excellent artist in enamel, and that his copies from the old masters were highly valued. This account induced me, on my return to Florence, to fulfil my promise of examining the widow's collection of drawings, many of which were very clever, being the copies he had made for his enamels, and I purchased the whole at a price which fully satisfied the lady, and made her, she said, rich, although the sum did not exceed fifty crowns."

      Thus Macpherson's self-portrait, of which there is a small version in oils in the collection of the Duke of Wellington, must be among his last works. There are no records of any further applications for permission to copy in the Grand Duke's Gallery, and by his daughter's account he died in or shortly after 1779.

      I am most grateful to Mr. Graham Reynolds for very kindly discussing Macpherson's self-portrait with me.

[The illustrations for this article were actually published in CD26. However, it serves a better purpose to print them with the article that they illustrate.]


[Part of the following Summary originally appeared on page 686 but were reproduced here
for the sake of continuity and format.]


[The background for this will summary is presented in CD26, page 624-6 and 642.}

      Lauchlan McPherson of Pitmean: died November 1668 . [His] will dated 13th October 1668 [was read] in presence of ALEXANDER OF PITCHIRN, MURDO OF CLUINE, FINLAY IN BELLADMORE, Mr. LAUCHLAN GRANT, Minr o Kingussie, writer etc.

Inventory of goods and geir   �   s d
    3 old workhorses, 1 old mare & foal, 1 young (3 year) mare .   62  00
    3 milk cows & calf, five yeld cows, 5 queacks & stirks   93  68
    No oxen, sheep or goats   -  - -
     70 bolls oats 9 40/- per boll140  0 0
    5 bolls bear @ �per boll.  20  0 0
    The whole outicills and domicills 26 13 4
                      TOTAL342  00
Debts resting to defunct
    John Macpherson of Invereshie.  33   6 8
    Alexander McJames, tayler in Seylarie   4  0 0
    Alexander McPherson in Killihuntly  10   0 0
    Alister roy McGeorge in Blariebeg, principal debtor, with Murdo
    McPherson of Clunie as cautioner
153   6 8
    without cautioner  1  0 0
    John buy McAlister more, tenant in Pitmean: ground duty, crop '68    5  6 8
    John McKeneth, tenant there in Pitmean: ground duty, crop '68   5  6 8
    Donald buy, there in Pitmean: ground duty, crop '68    2  0 0
    Donald McEan, vie Conchie there in Pitmean: ground duty, crop '68   13   6 8
                      TOTAL227 13 4
    Total Inventory & Debts 56913 4
Debts resting by defunct
    Marquess of Huntly, his Master, ground duty, crop '68133  6 8
    John McPherson, tutor of Invereshie  33  6 8
       and two years' annual rent   8  0 0
    John McComas more in Congesse  66 13 4
    John dow McAlister reach in Ballachroan  66 13   4
    Minister's stipend, crop '67   21  6 8
    Finlay McEan duy vie Ean, of fie [fee]  10  0 0
    Marie nein Ean vie Conchy vic Gorrie   2  0 0
    John McClerich, of fie    413 4
    Donald McBean in Stramasie   9   68
    William McEan more    016 0
    Marie nein Donald roy   2  2 0
    John dow McConill vie Alister duy   2 13 4
    Allan MeGilliphadrick in Pitmean: 3 firlots, 2 pecks victual or   310 0
    Donald McPhaill: 3 firlots victual, 1 pr shoes    3  6 8
    Finlay McClay in Pitmean: 1 boll oats   2  0 0
    John McFarquhar in Pitgown: 2 bolls victual, crop '68    8   0 0
    Maj. Alex. Gordon of Arradoull, baillie of Badenoch & Lochaber     9   6 8
    Alister McEan vie Alister vie Comas  12  0 0
    Lauchlan McComas vie Docie in Pitmean, entrering tenant, for viccarage,
        crop '68
  13 13 4
                      TOTAL 51114 8
Free geir, debts deduced -                           �   18s    8d
    to be divided in three parts -- �   6s    2d
Legacy: Executor: Lauchlan MacPherson of Invertromie
Children: Helen, only daur. to Lauchlan of Invertromie Half
                  Alister, eldest son to Thomas of Invertromie (present)
                  Donald, second son to John of Ballachroan
                  Murdo, third son Eighth
                  Ewan, fourth son Fourth

DATE: 29th October, 1669, Kingussie.
Commissanot, Inverness: Testaments Vol. 2

[A genealogical tree is presented in CD26 on page 642 that shows the relationships
between the various individuals cited in this document.]


on the paternal ancestry of Jean MacPherson who married
Lachlan Macpherson in Ratho in 1926 (The Editor's Mother)

The marriage of Lachlan Macpherson and Jean MacPherson was first found to have been recorded thus:

     "4th August 1926 at Ratho Byres, Ratho. After Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland. Lachlan Macpherson, minister, aged 35, of the Manse of Ardoch, Braco. The son of Archibald Macpherson, hotel keeper, and Mary Campbell.



Jean Macpherson (sic), at Home, aged 32, of Bowman Cottage, Liberton. The daughter of Thomas Macpherson (deceased), and Jean Wight."

The birth of Jean MacPherson was next found to have been recorded as follows:
      "Jane McPherson (sic) born 13th September 1894 at Gorgie Cottages, Gorgie, Edinburgh. The daughter of Thomas McPherson, dairyman, and Jane Wight who were married in Crawford on July 17th 1889."

The above marriage was next found to have been recorded thus:
      "25th July 1889 at Elvanfoot, Parish of Crawford. After Banns according to the Forms of the Church of Scotland. Thomas McPherson (sic) dairyman, aged 26, of Rose Cottage, Davidson's Mains, Cramond. The son of James McPherson, hand rail and stair maker, and Mary Sherwood.


      Jean Wight, shepherd's daughter, aged 26, of Elvanfoot, Crawford. The daughter of John Wight, shepherd, and Jessie McMorran."

The 1891 Census Schedules for Edinburgh were next consulted, and the following entry was found:       "Address: 13 Gorgie Cottages, Gorgie
      Thomas Macpherson (sic), head of house, aged 27, dairyman, born in Corstorphine
      Jane, his wife, aged 27, born in Crawford
      James Wight, his brother-in-law, aged 24, dairyman, born in Crawford. "

The birth of Thomas MacPherson was next found to have been recorded as follows:
      "Thomas McPherson (sic) born 17th September 1863 at Four-Mile-hill, Corstorphine. The son of James McPherson, joiner, and Mary Sherwood, who were married on the I 0th July 1863 in St. George's (registration district) Edinburgh."

The above marriage was next found to have been recorded thus:
      "10th July 1863 at 13 Rutland Square, Edinburgh. After Banns according to the Forms of the Free Church of Scotland. James McPherson (sic) joiner (journeyman), aged 24, of I I Downie Place, Edinburgh. The son of James McPherson, quarryman, and Ann Bowick.


      Mary Sherwood, teacher, aged 21, of West Coates Farm, Edinburgh. The daughter of James Sherwood, carrier (deceased), and Mary Lamb."


The 1861 Census Schedules for Edinburgh and the 1871 Census Schedules for Corstorphine were next consulted, but James MacPherson (junior) was not found to have been living at 11 Downie Place, Edinburgh, in 1861, or at Four-mile-hill, Corstorphine, with his family, in 1871.

The 1871 Census Schedules were again consulted, with the 1881 Census Schedules for Edinburgh, and the following entries were found:

In 1871:
      "Address: 2 Balbirnie Place
      James McPherson (sic) head of house, aged 33, joiner, born in Aberlemno, Forfar
      Mary, his wife, aged 28, born in Corstorphine
      Thomas, his son, aged 7, born in Corstorphine
      James, his son, aged 5, born in St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh
      Andrew, his son, aged 2, born in St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh
      Mary L., his daughter, aged 10 months, born in St. Cuthberts, Edinburgh
      Mary Sherwood, his mother-in-law, widow, aged 51, cowfeeder, born in Kirkliston and one servant."

In 1881:
      "Address: 27 Balbirnie Place
      James McPherson (sic), head of house, aged 43, handrailer and stairbuilder, born in Aberlemno
      Mary, his wife, aged 38, born in Corstorphine
      Thomas, his son, aged 17, assistant to father, born in Corstorphine
      James, his son, aged 15, handrailer, born in Edinburgh
      Andrew, his son, aged 12, born in Edinburgh
     Mary L., his daughter, aged 10, born in Edinburgh
      Ann B., his daughter, aged 8, born in Edinburgh
      Adam, his son, aged 6, born in Edinburgh
      Jemima, his daughter aged 5 born in Edinburgh
      Robert his son aged 2 born in Edinburgh

Other children then found to have been recorded in the 'modern' records to James MacPherson (junior) and Mary Sherwood were:
      James born I 1/] 2/1865 at 19 Balbirnie Place Edinburgh
      Andrew born 30/4/1868 at Balbirnie Place Edinburgh
      Mary Lamb born 17/5/1870 at Balbirnie Place, Edinburgh
      Ann Bowick, born 8/5/1872 at Balbirnie Place, Edinburgh
      Adam, born 9/5/1872 at Balbirnie Place, Edinburgh
      Jemima, born 1/4/1876 at 27 Balbirnie Place, Edinburgh
      Robert, born 9/3/1879 at 27 Balbirnic Place, Edinburgh

Prior to 1855, registrations of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Scotland were voluntarily recorded in the old parochial registers (unindexed) of each parish. The old parochial registers of Aberlemno were next searched for the birth of James MacPherson (junior), which was found to have been recorded as follows:


      "October 22nd 1837. Baptized James son to James MacPherson and Anne Bowick, Cotton of Balbirnie. Born 19th current."

The only other children found to have been recorded to the above couple, in the old parochial registers of Aberlernno, were:
      John, born 26/12/1831 baptised 3/1/1832
      Jean, born 19th baptised 31/8/1834

The marriage of James MacPherson (senior) and Ann Bowick was also found to have been recorded in the old parochial registers of Aberlemno, in this short entry, thus:
      "July 4th 1830. James McPherson and Ann Bowick Married."

The 1871 Census Schedules for Aberlemno were next consulted, and the following entry was found:       "Address: Reckit Laire
      James McPherson (sic), head of house, aged 70, quarrier, born in Duris (sic) Inverness
      Ann, his wife, aged 67, born in St. Vigeans, Forfar
      Thomas, his brother, aged 60, unmarried, agricultural labourer, born in Duris (sic), Inverness."

Ann Bowick, or McPherson (sic), was next found to have died on the 13th March 1875 at Corsegownie, Aberlemno. According to her death entry, she was then aged 71, married to James McPherson, quarrier, and the daughter of David Bowick, crofter, and Grace Cuteill, both deceased. The information for this death entry was given by her husband, James McPherson.

James McPherson (sic) senior, was then found to have died on the 30th November 1879 at Clocksbriggs Feus, Parish of Forfar. He was described, in his death entry, as a stone quarrier, aged 80, widower of Ann Bowick, and the son of John McPherson, farmer, and Elizabeth Fraser, both deceased. The information for this death entry was given by his son-in-law William Martin.

The old parochial registers of Dores were next searched for the birth of James MacPherson (senior) which was found to have been recorded as follows:
      "James -- John Macpherson (sic) and Eliza Fraser Bunachtin born 30 Novr Baptised 5th December 1798."

Other children found to have been recorded to the above couple, in the old parochial registers of Dores, were:
      Andrew, born 10/3/1793
      John, born 2/12/1794
      Margrat, born 18/8/1796
      Emily, born 31/1/1800

Another child to a John MacPherson, unfortunately the mother's name was not recorded in the birth entry, was:
      Eliza, born 11/3/1802

(continued on page 699)


[The following is a continuation of the story included in CD27.
These pages may also be found in Appendix A13 of Glimpses]








[This article is continued in CD28]


The old parochial registers of Dores were next searched, circa 1810, for the birth of Thomas MacPherson, recorded with James MacPherson, his brother, in the 1871 Census for Aberlemno, but this was not found to have been recorded in this parish.

The marriage of John McPherson and Elizabeth Fraser, was also found to have been recorded, in the old parochial registers of Dores, thus:
      "1791. John McPherson (sic) Betty Fraser (sic) Bunachter 3 Janry 1791. "

The 1841 Census Schedules for both Aberlemno and Dores were next consulted, but John MacPherson and Elizabeth Fraser were not found to have been living in either parish at this date, and it was therefore assumed that they died prior to the date of compulsory registration. Unfortunately there is only one death entry (that of a John McDonald) in the old parochial registers of Dores and the death records for Aberlemno are blank from 1729 to 1754.

The old parochial registers of Dores were next searched, between 1756 and 1774, for the birth of John MacPherson, and the following entries were found to have been recorded thus:
      1) "John -- Alex. McPherson (sic) Catharine Fraser Teyniult born Augt 10 baptised Augt 16 1755."
      2) "John -- John McPherson (sic) Jannet McGilvray Duntelahag born August 31st baptised September 2nd 1759."
      3) "John -- John McPherson (sic) Anne McBean Erehit born 13th baptised 26th December 1775."

As it had been suggested that John MacPherson might have been born in Badenoch, the old parochial registers of Alvie, birth records blank and irregular between December 1759 and May 1781, (Rothiemurchas having no records prior to 1774) for Badenoch, were next searched, between 1756 and 1774, for this birth, and the following entries were found to have been recorded, thus:
      1) "John and Isobel twins and children to Lewis and Ann McPherson (sic) at Delrewty were -- (blank) June 8th 1750."
      2) "John son to Alexr. Mcpherson (sic) and Elspet Mcpherson at the Black miln on feshie was born Decmr 17 Baptised 20, Decmr 17th 1754."
      3) "John son to Thomas McPherson (sic) and Jannet McDonald in Pitchirn was born July 3 baptised 10th July 3rd 1757."
      4) "John son to Alexr. McPherson (sic) and of Anna McDonald in Kaunloch was born and baptised Septr 12th 1763."

As it could not be proved which, if any, of the above entries might be of relevance, the investigation was accordingly here concluded.




Christopher, Bryan and Philip Strathie
      Great great grandsons of Duncan Macpherson whose paintings of The Monarch of the Glen, Highland Cattle and many lovely floral arrangements were much admired at the beginning of the century. Great grandfather was Thomson Duncan Macpherson who wrote some of the material used by the much loved Sir Harry Lauder, and perhaps not so well known, Scots comedian, Tommy Lorne. He himself did quite a bit of entertaining for charity.

      The three boys have inherited much of their talent: Christopher, 14 years, has quite a flair for art, design or otherwise, a lad who loves the outdoor life; Bryan, 12 years, is the funny man of the family, a great little impersonator, giving lots of pleasure with his antics he has a good ear for music; Philip ('Pip'), the youngest, is 10 years -- he's very versatile, showing all the tenacity of a true Scot -- excels in swimming, has no fear of heights when it comes to diving.       Three little boys: please God they will grow to manhood in a truly peaceful world.

Ishbel with Rheanan
      This photograph, taken by Mr. J. A. Macpherson, 29 Pathhead Loan, Edinburgh, is of Ishbel, 14 year old daughter of Col. Tommy Macpherson, Balavil, at the Grantown on Spey Farmers Club Show in August 1974. Rheanan is a 5 year old Arab/Connemara mare, trained by Miss Georgie Henschel, Aviemore. It had won Reserve Championship of the Show and was first in her class.



(The tenth year of this series)

                                                                  Tha gruaim air na Gàidheil,
                                                                  'S tha pàirt orm fhein deth,
                                                                  O'n chaidh ar n-uachdaran cliùiteach,
                                                                  Fo chùram luchd Beurla.

      That's what Paul Macpherson (An Ta\illear MacDhunnachaidh) from Laggan, sang in his Toast to Cluny and our Clan, at the time of the Forty-Five rising, when he praised our stand at Clifton, near Penrith.

      It is pretty well what many of us who have inherited or mastered the language of our forefathers have felt deep down for generations since then. Yet, marvellous to tell, the tide is turning. The RegistrarGeneral, we understand, was so astounded that the number of persons able to speak Gaelic had gone UP by eight thousand, that he sat on the figures and wouldn't publish them till he had revised the facts!

      It may be that some of us are tired of having nothing but the English language dinned into our ears and eyes from every quarter and want to turn to our own people's tongue or it might be that there are so many opportunities available, or Heaven knows what, but the enthusiasm is there and the tide is turning.

      A reader wrote that she had difficulty in obtaining the SATH course of teach-yourself-Gaelic gramophone records course and this sent us off to Gairm Publications at 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, near the Central Station. We climbed the stairs to the top and turned right into a veritable Aladdin's cave of Gaelic books.

      Yes, they admitted, the SATH record course kept running out of print and into another edition quite regularly and was hard to keep up with, but, though they did not publish it, they would answer any letter or query they got about it and would supply every advice possible on how to learn the language. But even if SATH wasn't always available they could supply a four book course on tapes called Gaelic Made Easy and a short cassette course called Blasad Gaidhlig. They even showed us a sixty-minute cassette course on Gaelic Music and Poetry.

      They agreed that Hamilton's, 1080 Argyle Street, Glasgow, had probably the best catalogue available on Scottish gramophone records and we were on the point of leaving when they stopped us to congratulate us on Creag Dhubh and the mighty support that our Clan accorded the language. It was all as good as a dram and set us on our way rejoicing.

      Next stop was a lovely old mansion house run by An Comunn Gaidhealach in Inverness called Abertarff House. We explained how a reader had complained that she had had difficulty in purchasing a


set of SATH. They said that they were sorry but would do their best to secure a set if she cared to write them. They told us that they could tell her, probably, where her nearest Gaelic class was, where her nearest Gaelic society was, what language courses they ran and all about her nearest local Mod and, of course, the National Mod . . . Gaelic amateur drama . . . Gaelic choirs . . . ceilidhs . . . you name it. Then they sprang the surprize; due to the magnificent response by the local authorities throughout the whole country they had been able to arrange a fairly inexpensive ultra-modern correspondence course to '0' level or lower leaving certificate grade in Gaelic beginning September of this year through the National Extension College in Cambridge. Good news, but we still had to follow up our reader's complaint and arrived at the new Gaelic College, Sabhail Mor Ostaig almost at the Armadale ferry in the south end of Skye. No, they could not help us with SATH and they knew that course was hard to get but they could offer Gaelic courses at all levels in congenial company in a wonderful part of the island which held a surprisingly large number of Macpherson families. They had a completely bi-lingual hotel at Isle Oransay (Tigh-osda Eilean larmain) just up the road and any reader of Creag Dhubh was welcome to write or call on them about Gaelic.

      When we arrived home -- tired but happy -- to find Harvey's Scots' Scrapbook through our letter-box, we decided it best to ask any readers who cared to write to Club Leabhar to do so for themselves because we felt that we had done our duty in trying to track down SATH!

                                                                                                                        CHI SINN SIBH.

* * *


      When we were at school we were taught that putting air into a tyre was what was called 'inflation'.
      This may still be true but the word has a new and dreadful meaning -- constantly rising prices -- or, if you care, constantly falling value of money.
      It all seems a dreadful will o' the wisp -- no matter how fast we run after it -- it always eludes us. We never catch up.
      All the Association's costs are going up and up and up. Income never seems to catch up.
      Could it not be that every reader, every member of the Clan and the Clan Association might give this constructive thought.


      We have been known since the beginning of recorded time as a great bunch for sticking together through thick and thin.
      In the past it was easier to spot one's enemy. He was the fellow who was pointing his gun at you! But inflation comes in every hour an invisible rising tide that threatens to drown everyone.
      Accordingly, would it not be best for our collective good and magnificent to show our descendants how we fought and conquered, that we take stock of things and resolve to do our bit to getting through this emergency.

      Earlier this year we attended a ceilidh in Edinburgh and understood later that it had been run in order to buy a clarsach.
      Bravo! Fair enough, we thought, but had we run any fund-raising function would we have put the proceeds to a clarsach, though we love this musical instrument more highly than most? The answer came out loud and clear. No. Charity begins at home and ours is a Clan Macpherson home.

      It is not so difficult if we live where clansfolk are somewhat thick on the ground; we should be able to increase fund-raising functions but even if we are far from our kinsfolk we might be able to put on functions and money-raisers for the Association.

      The proceeds will be gratefully received and acknowledged by the Treasurer whose name and address is shown at the beginning of this issue -- or they can be handed in or sent to the Clan Macpherson House and Museum, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire, Scotland, for onward transmission to the Treasurer.

      No matter how small the sum, no matter how large it be, giving is the sinews of survival.



      To have lived 100 years is an unusual achievement but to have done so and still have every slight acquaintance anxious to be called a friend is something quite unique. But then Helen Stewart Macpherson is a very exceptional person. Blessed with a high degree of intelligence, energy, humility and great Christian faith, she has devoted her life to the welfare of others, first of her husband and large family -- a difficult enough task in point of numbers but made much harder by having to divide her time between India and home -- and then to innumerable good causes in both countries for her pioneering social work amongst Indian women she was awarded the Kaiser-in-Hind gold medal. However, her pride has been in her family and its achievements. Until her sight failed recently she remembered everyone of her descendants, now




well into the third generation, on his or her birthday and this vivid interest has spread out over the members of the Clan Macpherson Association and over the whole district of Badenoch.

      Even now the transparent pleasure with which she greets any friend who approaches her is one of the characteristics which endears her to all.

      Because the sharp end of the Editor's dirk is pointed at the author's vitals, those lines have had to be written a few days before Lady Macpherson's birthday. However, there is no doubt in his mind that he speaks for every member of the Clan Macpherson Association when he wishes this great lady a very happy and memorable day and expresses the hope that the Clan will see her again at the Rally in Newtonmore and be able to show to her personally in what great affection she is held.

      In July 1973, Newtonmore & District Floral Art Club held an exhibition in the Village Hall. Members borrowed an article from each shop in the village and made a suitable floral arrangement to go with it.

      Phosa represented the Museum by using the Banchor Wild Cat with draping of hunting tartan, heather, boxwood, wild flowers, moss, rocks and driftwood. A photograph appears [to the right].

      Very beautiful old Christening Robe in rich Ayrshire embroidery with lace stitches. It is an outstanding and rare example of this Scottish work.
From Mrs. MINNIE MACPHERSON, 3 Riselaw Terrace, Edinburgh.

      Macpherson Kilt (vegetable dye), tweed jacket to match, pair heavy black brogues, patent leather shoes with buckles, red and black check stockings, leather sporran. All to suit man 6'3" -- 6'4" tall. Enquiries to: Mrs. J. D. STURROCK, The Wharf, Market Overton, Oakham, Rutland.



Not Included

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AS AT 31/12/74

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193 Waldoncroft Crescent,
Burlington, Ontario, Canada

      A list of all Macphersons entitled to bear Arms has appeared in "The Posterity of the Three Brethren" as well as the Armorial section of this journal but your readers may be interested to learn of a previously unknown matriculation recently discovered. These are the Arms of Macpherson of Pettigown.

      The Arms of Macpherson of Pettigown appear as the second quartering in the matriculation of the Arms of William Ogilvie, heir-male and representative of Ogilvie of Morton. As will be seen by the enclosed illustration, the only "difference" between the Pettigown and Cluny Arms is that the "cross crosslet fitchee" of the Cluny Arms is replaced by a "cross patee fitchee" in the Pettigown Arms. Although these Arms are not separately matriculated for a specific Macpherson of Pettigown, one can take it from this matriculation that the Arms of Macpherson of Pettigown have been officially determined by the Lord Lyon and as officially determined are on record in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland.

      The writer would be interested to learn of any representative of Macpherson of Pettigown so that our heraldic records may be kept up to date.

Yours, etc., R. G. M. MACPHERSON.

(Letters continued on page 724)


Program for the 1975 Clan Macpherson Rally

Not included





Hon. Chairman HUGH MACPHERSON, K.L.J., F.S.A.SCOT., J.P.
Hon. Secretary Dr. MARGARET A. CALDER, M.D., 43 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6AW
Hon. Treasurer J. R. CURREY, 52 Craigleith Road, Edinburgh EH4 2DR

Our first function was in May 1974 when Lady Macpherson was 'At Home' to members of the branch. A large number of members accepted her kind invitation and enjoyed a most pleasant evening. We met many friends, enjoyed the singing of Mrs. Pauline McGillivray and took part or listened to a quiz on 'Scottish Affairs'. We are grateful to Lady Macpherson as it is such gatherings which help to maintain the friendly links between the Clan members.

In June, Catherine and Sandy Macpherson were hosts at a coffee morning at their home. This was also a very pleasant occasion and we are indebted to Catherine for all the effort she made to make the morning a success.

The Highland Ball was held in March in the Grosvenor Hotel. This was a joint function with Clan Donnachaidh. Those who attended had an enjoyable evening but it was regretted that the number of Clan Macpherson members was rather small.

A dinner in honour of the hundredth anniversary of the birthday of Lady Macpherson was held on 15 May 1975. There was a great demand for tickets and it is an indication of the regard with which Lady Macpherson is held that several members travelled many miles in order to attend the dinner. It was an informal function which we all enjoyed. Ruth Cameron Macpherson and Pauline McGillivray delighted us with their singing of Gaelic songs. Robert Pearson played some stirring music on the pipes and Pipe Major Stoddart played the excellent march which he had composed in honour of this very special birthday.


Hon. Secretary EWEN S. L. MACPHERSON, 27B Poplar Grove, New Malden, Surrey

      When one eventually gets down to drafting a report, having put it off to the last moment, as is so often inevitable in such matters by some people, of whom the writer is one, one finds that once the headings of the individual subjects have been determined, there appears so much material about which screeds could be written.

      A detailed examination of these headings reveals the fact that the year under review has, to a marked extent, been a most interesting and successful one for our Branch of the Association.

Richmond Highland Games
      The highlight of the year was the Richmond Highland Games. These Games are annually supported by the England and Wales Branch, where we have a Clan Tent, so that contact can be made with Macphersons, Gillies, etc., with a view to them being induced into membership and where our own members and their friends can meet, natter about this and that, and partake of a dram or two.

      In 1974 Cluny was privileged to be the Chieftain of the Games. Accordingly, therefore, the opportunity was taken to mark the occasion as a truly Macpherson Day.

      Prominence was given to Cluny's Personal Standard, presented to him by the North American Branch when he visited, with Madam Cluny, the Scottish World Festival in Toronto in 1972. Your scribe was invited, nay virtually commanded, by Cluny to have the great honour of being his Standard Bearer for the day. A Standard Party was therefore formed, consisting of the Standard Bearer, four other stalwart Macphersons as guards: Ronald W. G. (Chairman of the Clan Association); Gordon (Chairman of the Australian Branch); Ewen (Secretary of the England and Wales Branch) and Neil (former Secretary of the Branch) -- each accoutred with a gleaming drawn claymore, most kindly loaned by the Colonel of the London Scottish Regiment and headed by two pipers from the Pride of Murray Pipe Band who gallantly stepped into the breach virtually at the very last moment, owing to Tommy (Col. R. T. S. Macpherson) who was to have been our Piper, being unable to play through having dislocated his neck and shoulder a few days before the event. Otherwise it was to have been, as was desired, a wholly Macpherson Party.


      The platform party, consisting of Cluny, Madam Cluny, the Mayor of Richmond, and other official personages, were piped and escorted by the Standard Party to the rostrum for the opening ceremony, after which it took up position in front of the rostrum during Cluny's speech officially opening the Games. Cluny having most nobly delivered his oration with that charming éclat, Macphersons and others besides, have come to admire since he became our worthy chief, the platform party was once again marshalled into position and piped and escorted to where luncheon by them was to be partaken. The Standard Party then marched off to our tent for dismissal and for some well earned liquid refreshment. Without any rehearsal, the whole parade was carried out with military precision and bearing, much to the delight and appreciation of the thousands of spectators attending the Games. One incident might have marred the spectacle had it occurred in the centre of the arena and not, as it so transpired, immediately before dismissal and away from the crowds whose attention was then riveted no other events. It has to be appreciated that a near force eight gale was blowing throughout the day, which perforce gave everybody a superb sight of the details of Cluny's Standard, but called upon every ounce of herculean strength the Standard Bearer could muster to prevent, not only the Standard, but also the staff, from being torn from his grasp. The grass was green, as also lying upon it was a cable feeding some of the amplifying equipment. Yes, you've guessed it! One of the Bearer's brogues made contact with the cable, resulting in him being transferred, in multi-quick time, from the upright to the prone position. Fortunately, the leading pair of the Standard Party were in fairly open order and totally unaware of what was happening, otherwise one or other of the ample targets presented by the rear of their kilts could have received a V Bull from the spearhead of the Standard's staff. The rear pair of the party were upon the bearer in a flash, but not quick enough for him not to be on his feet once again, for the tumbling and physical training of his earlier years stood him in good stead, as it had done on other, but less pleasant occasions.

      The Richmond Highland Games of 1974, being of particular interest Clanwise, were deemed worthy of permanent pictorial record. Accordingly, professional cameramen were engaged to make a cine film of the day's proceedings and it is hoped that this will be shown, firstly at the AGM of the England and Wales Branch early in 1975 and, subsequently, at the Rally later in the year. Upon reflection, one is tempted to think that it is a pity that the cameramen were not there when the Standard Bearer did his little extra party piece.

      Copies of the film of the Richmond Highland Games will be available for purchase and enquiries about them should be made of Ewen S. L. MacPherson, the Secretary of the England and Wales Branch, whose address is given at the head of this report.


AGM and Scottish Country Dancing
      As an experiment, and by way of variation, the AGM of the Branch was followed, instead of the usual ceilidh, by Scottish Country Dancing and were held in the club house of the Richmond Athletic Association Tenants Club. It transpired that Richmond was too far out from the centre of London for most members and the AGM was consequently sparsely attended. The venue for the AGM will, in future years, be more conveniently located in London. The Scottish Country Dancing, however, which was thrown open to one and all who were interested, proved to be a resounding success, thanks mainly to the organising of it by Andrew Gillies, one of our members, who was also chief MC for the evening. He, too, was instrumental in inducing the support of so many people from the various Reel Clubs with which he is connected.

      A surplus of �.55 was made from the dance, to which was added �0 from our general funds and allocated as a further donation from the Branch to the Museum Extension Fund.

Annual Dinner and Dance
      The Annual Dinner and Dance was again held, on the 1st November, at the Waldorf Hotel, which has become our home for this particular function for several years and a most enjoyable occasion it was this year, when over one hundred members and guests attended. The principal guest was the Rt. Hon. Lord Strathcarron, who was accompanied by his fiancée, Mrs. Eve Samuel. Although a Macpherson, this was the first time for many years, if not for all time, that he had been with us. The hope is therefore expressed that we shall see more of him in the future now that he has had an inkling of how we conduct our affairs and the joy we get out of them. In moving the toast of the Clan Macpherson Association, he gave us an insight into the subtle humour of which he is apparently capable, reminding us, too, that, without in any way detracting from the enormous amount of labour of love put into the foundation of the Association by Lord Tom of Drumochter and others, his father, the first Lord Strathcarron was, in fact, the actual founder, having conceived and put forward the project, although prevented by ill-health from taking an active part in the initial spadework of getting it under way. The chairman, in his reply, informed the assembly that Lord Strathcarron and his fiancée were on the point of being married and, therefore, what better occasion and in what better company of fellow clansfolk, was there to wish the happy couple all that was the desire of their hearts. He consequently called upon everybody to be on their feet with glasses suitably charged and to drink a toast to their wellbeing and future happiness together.       It has always been the intention to keep the price of tickets for this annual event at as low a figure as possible, which entails, ever more so in these days of soaring prices, an accurate assessment of the numbers likely to be present and the minute costing of the incidental outgoings.


So precisely had the necessary calculations been made that the final accounts came out with a result of a matter of pence in surplus. The chairman is of the opinion that such a result is worthy of the names of all those responsible being submitted to the Institute of Cost Accountants, or other appropriate authority, for admission to fellowship, honoris causa, of course. Such an achievement, however, would not anyway be possible without the splendid labours of John P., our treasurer, and Sarah, his wife, who so ably and successfully conducted the tombola and to all those members and guests who loosened their pursestrings or denuded the contents of their sporrans so that the drum was emptied and all the prizes gifted by the members were won.

      After dinner, dancing, most hilarious at times, went on into the wee sma' hours, until, weary of limbs, but joyous of heart, each went their several ways homewards to look forward to next year's function, which will be on Friday, the 7th November, 1975.

      My thanks, as always, are due to all those who give their time and efforts to make the office of Chairman so acceptable, worthwhile and profoundly encouraging.


      Chairman                          ROBERT MACPHERSON
      Vice-Chairman                 HECTOR MACPHERSON
      Secretary                           E. M. MACPHERSON, 64 Louisa Street, Invercargill

The Annual Meeting was held at the home of Mr. Allan Macpherson. A social evening with a buffet meal was held at the Scottish Hall on the 15th August, 1974. Items were given by Miss P. Semmens and the Misses McFadgen, who sang to the guitar; Mr. Duncan Macpherson, who sang, played the piano. The evening was very successful and enjoyed by everyone. There were fewer present than usual. Mr. W. Adam addressed the Haggis which was piped in by Mr. Lang Morton. The evening closed with Auld Lang Syne.

During the year the Clan lost an old member, Mrs. Dudfield. Our membership stands at forty-three.



      Chairman                J. DONALD MACPHERSON
      Hon. Secretary      R. G. M. MACPHERSON, 193 Waldoncroft Crescent, Burlington, Ontario
      Hon. Treasurer      Miss ROBERTA GILLIES

This year, the 25th Annual General Meeting & Rally of the Canadian Branch took the form of a special Clan Dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Branch. The dinner was held at the Hamilton Club, Hamilton, Ontario, a city of Scots origin and the heart of the Canadian steel industry, situated forty miles west of Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario.

The reception was held at 7 prn when the members had an opportunity to meet the executive of the Branch as well as each other and at 8 pm, our piper for the occasion, Thomas A. MacPherson, of London, Ontario, piped the assembly into the main dining room of the club. Lloyd MacPherson gave the Address to the Haggis in his usual eloquent form and this was followed by a very delicious Scottish dinner tastefully served by the staff of the Hamilton Club.

Dinner was followed by the business meeting with our Chairman, J. Donald MacPherson, in the chair. The chairman welcomed our guests of honour, Mr. and Mrs. John L. Wright, as well as Mrs. Ruth Henry, of Madison, New Hampshire, USA. Our US chairman, Robert MacPherson, and his wife, Arlena, were scheduled to arrive in Hamilton at 5 prn but they were delayed several hours in Buffalo, NY, by a record snowfall, arriving instead at 10 pm. They were both greeted by a round of applause for having braved the storm and travelled such a long distance to attend the dinner. Robert brought greetings to the meeting on behalf of the United States Branch.

Donald MacPherson made reference in his report to his trip to Newtonmore in August, 1974, and gave an account of his visit to the first Rally of the US Branch held in October, 1974. He mentioned the proposed visit to Canada of Ronald W. G. Macpherson, Chairman of the parent Clan Association, an event which we all look forward to with marked anticipation.

In honour of the 25th anniversary of the Branch, Lloyd MacPherson gave a brief history of the Canadian Branch beginning with its formation in 1949 by the late Col. E. R. Rivers-Macpherson, OBE, Of Ottawa. He mentioned various highlights of the past 25 years, paying tribute to several members who were instrumental in encouraging the growth of the Branch, including Dr. Cluny Macpherson, CMG, Of St. John's, Newfoundland, Rev. Dr. A. Gordon Macpherson and Alex. F. Macpherson, both of Toronto, Murray Macpherson, Sydney, N.S., and Hume Macpherson, formerly of Toronto, but who now resides in Victoria, B.C.


At the conclusion of the business meeting, Lloyd MacPherson introduced our guest speaker of the evening, John L. Wright, headmaster of St. George's College, Toronto, who gave us a highly entertaining and informative talk. Mr. Wright referred to his visit to Newtonmore in 1973 and urged all members of the Association to make a special point of travelling overseas for at least one of the Clan Rallies. He mentioned the heritage of the Clan Macpherson and how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful Clan House and Museum in the heart of the Clan country to serve as a focal point. Mr. Wright spoke in very glowing terms about the Association but regretted that he did so "as one outside of the Clan". This admission was remedied by the Hon. Secretary who presented. an Honorary Life Membership certificate to Mr. Wright on behalf of the Branch and in appreciation of his support and interest in the Clan Macpherson.

The evening concluded by the showing of slides of the Clan country as well as past gatherings at Newtonmore.

We send greetings to all our fellow clansmen.


Chairman and Treasurer ROBERT B. MACPHERSON
Vice-Chairman            JAMES MACPHERSON JARRETT
SecretarySANDRA J. MACPHERSON, 56 Wilton Street, Springfield, Mass. 01109
Membership Secretary WILLIAM F. JARRETT, 817 Crescent Drive, Beverley Hills, Alexandria, Va. 22302

An announcement was made to members in January 1974 that we were being organised as the United States Branch. Our membership has grown satisfactorily during the year. We have a large potential in this country with over 30,000 with the name of Macpherson plus those named Cattanach, Gillies, Gillespie and Murdock with variants of that name. In addition there are many descendants of ancestors with our clan names. We look forward to continued growth in 1975 and future years.

We have named our quarterly communication Urlar for the 'theme' or ground of a piobaireachd. We shall keep in touch with each other by this means and through meetings at clan gatherings and our Rally.

Arlena and Robert MacPherson attended the Rally in Newtonmore and enjoyed meeting the cousins greatly as we have for a number of years. Betty and Jim Jarrett represented us and promoted our association at Clan Gatherings at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina and Alexandria, Virginia.

Our First Annual Meeting and Rally was held on the weekend of October 25, 26 and 27. Those who were around Friday night got


together for dinner at the Lord Jeffrey Inn in Amherst, Massachusetts. Around noon Saturday, forty-five members were welcomed by the music of the pipes to Piobair Farm for luncheon, including the haggis which was properly piped in and saluted by Jim Jarrett. Amateurish we may have been, but we enjoyed the ceremony and the haggis.

Our Annual Business Meeting elected the officers shown above for the year 1975. Action was taken on matters of concern to the members all according to 'Robert's' rules of order. After prolonged and intense subliminal suggestion, Ted McPherson (the senior partner in the largest law firm in Connecticut) volunteered to work on getting us incorporated as a tax exempt corporation.

For Saturday night we returned to the Lord Jeff for our Banquet and ceilidh and a lot of visiting and getting acquainted with our enjoyable family.

Sunday morning, as good 'Sons of the Parson', we attended and participated in the service of the Congregational Church in Belchertown. Afterward we had dinner (which included some leftovers from Saturday's luncheon) at Piobair Farm. We were particularly pleased to have Betty and Donald (Chairman, Canadian Branch) with us. The Canadian Branch has been supportive of their child (our branch) and we shalt be eternally grateful.


      On 14 May, 1974, to Sarah (née Coles) and James Macpherson at Sevenoaks, Kent, a daughter, Caroline Alice.

      On 21 November, 1974, to Roderick Somerled and Julie Kay MacPherson, a son, Rory Alexander Roy. Grandson to the late Alexander John and to Cecilia Donaldson Barrone MacPherson, Edinburgh.

     CRAIK -- MACPHERSON -- On 21 December, 1973, Marjorie Gay MacPherson, daughter of Affleck MacPherson, of Victoria, B.C., and formerly, Ardgowan, Kingussie, to Stanley Arthur Craik, of Nanaimo, B.C.

      Mrs. Elizabeth G. Macpherson, of Kingussie, who died out in New Zealand on 31 December, 1974, is a former secretary of the Badenoch Branch, and held that office over a period of fifteen years. She organised the ceilidhs at the Annual Rally during that period.


From The Strathspey & Badenoch Herald ...

Kingussie Woman dies in New Zealand
      The death of Mrs. Elizabeth Grace Macpherson, formerly of 5 Garraline Terrace, Kingussie, took place at Eltham, New Zealand, on 31 December.

      Following the death of her husband, Mr. Alex. J. Macpherson, she emigrated in January 1974 to New Zealand where her son, Douglas, is in business, and where she has two married daughters, Sheila and Shona.

      A native of Kingussie, Mrs. Macpherson had many interests, among them the Church and the WRI, and she had a long and close connection with the Clan Macpherson Association, of which she was a life member. She was also a former secretary of the Badenoch branch of the association. Two of her daughters, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Harting, reside in Kingussie.

      A memorial service was held in St. Columba's Parish Church on Sunday afternoon.

From The Scotsman . . .

Lt.-Col. Alexander Macpherson

      Lt.-Col. Alexander Kilgour Macpherson of Pitmain, Senior Chieftain in the Clan Macpherson, died at Daviot, Inverness-shire.

      Born in 1888 and educated at Liverpool and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, he was commissioned in 1908 and had a long and distinguished military career. He was made MVO in 1928, and was later a Deputy Lieutenant of Inverness-shire.

      Col. Macpherson was head of the Pitmain family and descended from the younger son of a fifteenth century chief of the clan. In 1940, the Lord Lyon confirmed to him the arms matriculated in the name of Lachlan Macpherson of Pitmain when the public register of all arms and bearings in Scotland was instituted in or about 1672. Col. Macpherson married twice and had two daughters.

Buffalo Courier Express . . .


      Funeral services for Roswell H. McPherson, 65, a partner in Business Forms Associates of the Town of Tonawanda and active in various organisations, will be held at 2 this afternoon in the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Burial will be in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.

      Mr. McPherson, of the Town of Tonawanda, died on Thursday (May 5, 1975) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital after a long illness. He established Business Forms Associates in 1954 as a manufacturer of business forms. Since 1966 he operated the firm as a partnership with Marshall Levea.


      Mr. McPherson, a Buffalo native, was a graduate of the former Masten Park High School and the old Chown School of Business. A 41-year resident of the Town of Tonawanda, Mr. McPherson was a past president of the Ken-Ton Junior Chamber of Commerce.

      Surviving are his wife, the former Marion Lowes; two sons, John, of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Douglas, of Buffalo; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth Swartz Jnr, of Kenmore, and three granddaughters.

Buffalo Evening News . . .

Civic Leader, Businessman

      Roswell H. McPherson, 65, area civic leader and businessman, was buried in Elmlawn Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda, after funeral services today in the Wedekindt Funeral Home, Town of Tonawanda.

      Mr. McPherson lived at 64 Raintree Island in the town. He died Thursday (May 15, 1975) in Kenmore Mercy Hospital following a long illness.

      Mr. McPherson was a former president and chairman of numerous committees for the Lions Club of Buffalo. He was cited for organising area chapters which provide services for blind and partially-sighted persons. He became associated with the Buffalo Eye Bank & Research Society in the early 1950s. Mr. McPherson retired from the society in 1973. His eyes were donated to the society's bank and used in separate corneal transplant operations on Friday in New York.

      Since 1966, Mr. McPherson was a partner in Business Forms Associates, a Town of Tonawanda manufacturing firm founded in 1954. Before that he was promotion and publicity director for WGR radio station. He received the Golden Key Award in 1.944 for outstanding service with the state Junior Chamber of Commerce.

      Mr. McPherson was chairman for a March of Dimes drive in 1947 and county chairman in 1948. He was a volunteer with the Red Cross and Civil Defence organisations. A past president of the 12:12 Club, Mr. McPherson formerly served on the Kenmore Library Board, Buffalo & Erie County Planning Association and as elder of the Kenmore Presbyterian Church.

      He was born in Buffalo and graduated from the former Masten Park High School and the old Chown Business School. Mr. McPherson was a member of Master Builder Lodge 911, F&AM.

      Surviving are his wife, the former Marion Lowes; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth J. Swartz Jnr, of Kenmore; two sons, John L. of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Douglas H. of Buffalo, and three grandchildren.

      [Member of US Branch of Association.]


Major Ian F. Macpherson, Moss Vale, New South Wales.
Miss Mildred Macpherson, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mrs. Betty Dabbs, Chorley, Lancs.
Mrs. Kathleen M. G. Ferguson, Aberfeldy.
Mr. Bruce Macpherson, Brisbane, Australia.
Brigadier John D. Sturrock, Oakham, Rutland.
Col. A. K. Macpherson of Pitmain, Newtonmore.
Mr. Nigel H. C. Macpherson, Glasgow.
Lady Macpherson of Drumochter, Brentwood, Essex.
Mrs. Patience McNab, Cranham, Gloucester.
Mrs. Mary C. McPherson, Edinburgh.
Mrs. Claudia McPherson, London.
Miss Winifred Rutherford, London.
Mrs. Elizabeth G. Macpherson, Kingussie.
Miss Morag M. MacPherson, Edinburgh.
Sandy Macpherson, London (BBC Organist).


Badenoch Branch   46
North of Scotland Branch   61
East of Scotland Branch  192
West of Scotland Branch    66
England and Wales Branch 352
Canadian Branch  287
USA Branch  282
New Zealand Branch   81
Europe   12
Asia     5
Africa   23
Australia   61
South America    6




by Mr. and Mrs. McGillivray, Dunlichtity, of Cramond Park, Edinburgh 4, and G. B. MacGillivray, 1445 Ridgeway Street, Thunder Bay (F), Ontario, Canada.

      It is seldom that we have more proudly welcomed any book. This book has a warmth and closeness to us that cannot be ignored. On page 223 we have a charming photograph of the McGillivrays from Edinburgh who are known to so many of us. This picture is a fine study of Robert and of his delightful wife Pauline, who so often sings at our Rally Ceilidh; both edit our sister journal of Clan Chattan. In the photograph along with them is their son Iain. At the foot of the page is a picture of the co-author, George B. MacGillivray and his family.

      Throughout the whole work we find references that intrigue us with their familial closeness as in Chapter One, ". . . There was certainly some close association with the Macphersons of Strathnairn . . . " The History goes on to trace the early history of Strathnairn. Our clan keeps marching through this chapter along with the others of Clan Chattan and on through the era of the Forty-Five. We are told of how "Sconaid, a kinsman of Dumnaglass, whose huband had died from wounds sustained at the battle (of Culloden) and how the following winter Seonaid, seven months pregnant, accompanied by her infant daughter, was making her way over the hills to Macpherson kinsfolk in Glen Banchor. They were discovered by a redcoat scouting party and b