LIST OF OFFICERS      814
   TRIP TO CLAN RALLY -- 1977  819
   CLAN HOUSE MUSEUM 1977   821
   1977 PRIZE DRAW  833
   OBITUARY  844
   NOTICES  847


No. 30


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ANNUAL OF




The Chief

Hon. Vice-Presidents

Officers of the Association

62 Strathearn Road, Edinburgh EH9 2AD

1295Cumnock Cresent, Oakville, Ontrio, Canada

Hon. Secretary
39 SWANSTON AVENUE, Edinburgh, 10

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

Mrs D. MACPHERSON, Sunnybrae, Newton Terrace, Blairgowrie

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

Editorial Committee
A.C. MACPHERSON, M.A., LL.B (Editor),
119 Huron Avenue, Howden, Livingston EH54 6LQ
JOHN M. BARTON, W.S. (Secretary) and T.A.S. MACPHERSON, A.R.I.C.S. (Advertising)



   (Lord Macpherson of Drumochter. Died 1965)                                   
   (Lord Drumalbyn)
   (Died 1958)
(Lord Macpherson of Drumochter)
A.I.S. MACPHERSON (1969-1973)

Branch Representatives


Miss A. H. MACPHERSON, 164 Lewis Street, Invercargill.


Piper                                                                                ROBERT PEARSON
Hon. Auditor                                                                                R. ROSS YOUNG



      Once more the time has come for me to send greetings to all members of the Clan Association. Badenoch must be a bleak place in the month that I write this message, but again we all look forward to August and to the next Rally in Newtonmore and Kingussie.

      At this time last year we were embarking on the preparations for the International Gathering which took place in May, 1977. There has been enough comment and discussion about this event generally, and I do not want to add to all the words anything more than my sincere thanks to those who gave much time and hospitality to those of us who took part in the two weeks of activity. Kenneth and Edith, our Chairman and Treasurer, and Sandy and Catherine, our Secretary and his wife gave endless hours of their time in Edinburgh. And in Badenoch we are particularly grateful to Euan and Sandra Macpherson of Glentruim who welcomed us with such warmth to Glentruim.

      My own feeling in retrospect is that it was worthwhile, not really because of the big "events" but primarily because the forty or so Macphersons who came from overseas for various parts of the Gathering had an opportunity to meet each other, and some of ourselves, and to see Scotland out of the crowded season. And I have no doubt at all that those from New Zealand, Australia, Canada and U.S.A. who came for the first time will come back again. My hope is that next time their visits will be to our own weekend Rally, which has been and which remains our focal point.

      I believe, in summary, that these large affairs are not to be compared with our own weekend!

      My family and I send all good wishes to Clansmen and Clanswomen all over the world.

William Macpherson of CLUNY


      How does Dwelly's dictionary describe the word for our Clan Association? -- "clann, gen. cloinne . . . collective s.f. 1. Offspring, children. 2 Descendants. 3 Clan, tribe. Clann bheaga, little children; cleas na cloinne bige, the manner of little children; Clann Mhuirich, the MacPhersons ; . . . ".

      With this in mind it could strengthen us and let us understand the basis of the ceilidh which is basically a family, household and neighbourly gathering in which the Fear-an-tigh -- the Man of the House can call on any of the company to add to the delight of the evening in song, dance, recitation, instrumental performances, stories, histories, riddles, jokes etc., though the Fear-an-tigh can, if he so wishes, make up his mind beforehand on whom he will ask to come forward, perhaps even alerting artistes beforehand.

      This is how the ceilidh is so fundamentally different from the concert which merely thinks in terms of hordes driven into a hall where entertainment is laid on for them like one large buffet. This idea that unless a horde rolls up, a ceilidh is a flop and must be abandoned as if it were a concert, is a very dangerous error. In fact a ceilidh is possible if only one person turns up and there is a Fear-an-tigh (or if a hostess a Bean-an-tigh).

      While maintaining one's moral standards, one must adapt to survive in this life. It is undeniably true that T.V. and high transportation costs often make the big turn-outs much more unusual. Accordingly, it is reasonable to understand the true nature of the ceilidh and organise it as a smaller gethering so that where two, three or more of the Clan and Association can meet they will do so at regular intervals, providing their own live talent. These Clan Association ceilidhs are, after all, family gatherings and we have such a rich heritage in song, music, dance, history, story and humour that it should not be impossible for each of us to perfect our own personal contribution. This will enable us to come forward with a good fund of 'party pieces'. After all, at a live performance, no one will ever dream of asking whether the party piece were taken out of a book or off a gramophone record or cassette or laboriously with the help of another's tuition.

      The wonder of it all is that the ceilidh should be so well adapted to our position in the world -- a family scattered to the four winds of heaven which nevertheless maintains for its children all the bonds and consolations of a united family despite thousands of miles and all the difficulties of communication between its members.

      We are delighted that through these columns we are able to maintain the family links with news from cousins all over the world. It is also a delight to read through the Reports of Branches and sub-Branches throughout the world. It swells our pride to discover from the consensus of opinion the Clansman (or Clanswoman) of the Year. But the living flesh and blood; the source of our Clan Association's ability to grow and flourish lies in our own selves as members of the same family.

      Used with light gracious imagination and a culture which has been rehearsed as a series of party pieces the ceilidh can produce an atmosphere of delight which can continue to draw us together till the end of time.



      Tradition tells us that a Chief's "tail" included a number of important functionaries; his piper, his sword bearer, his bard and so on. Whether or not there was included in this fine procession attending the Chief, a Clan Herald, is probably open to question, but if such an office obtained in the Clan Macpherson of today, undoubtedly the prime contender would be our Clansman of the Year, Roderick Gordon Murdoch Macpherson.

      Gordon is the eldest son of the late Rev. Dr. A. Gordon Macpherson and his wife, Mary Macbeth, so he comes from solid Scottish lineage from both sides of the family. Educated in Toronto, Ontario, he held a number of appointments in the business world before reaching his present one of Manager of an important stockbroking firm in Hamilton, Ontario. He also served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve.

      While his business interests have been in the field of commerce, his prime hobby is heraldry and his knowledge in that field is almost encyclopaedic. Since he combines this with a unique talent in the same area, he certainly is the logical contender for the position of Clan Herald.

      Readers of this journal will be familiar with his series on Clan Heraldry; those who have seen The Posterity of the Three Brethren will know his section on heraldry in that book, and those who have had an opportunity to visit Clan House will have seen the examples of his artistry in the form of the full colour heraldic shields of all the Clan armigers which form a most attractive frieze around the main exhibition hall of the museum. An example of his designs is also seen on the front cover of every issue of the journal since the cap badge worn by Cluny was presented by the Canadian Branch of the Association for the personal insignia of the Chief and was designed by Gordon.

      He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and recently was named one of the first Fellows of the Heraldry Society of Canada, an honour which has been rarely awarded. To this latter distinction he was admitted by Her Honour Lt. Governor Pauline McGibbon in a ceremony held in Ottawa in 1976. He has served as a Director of the Heraldry Society of Canada from its earliest days and last October was elected First Vice-President for the Society.

      He has designed Arms for a large number of public bodies in Canada and his designs have been frequently accepted by the Kings of Arms with little or no change. Clansmen who have had Arms granted, frequently call upon Gordon for his services. He has also served as Heraldic Illustrator for a number of books in the field. Heraldic Book Plates are a particular interest of his and for many years he has served as the editor in that section on Heraldry in Canada's quarterly magazine.

      Gordon is married to the former Nancy Chart and has two children, Sandy and Pamela. Sandy is a university student and shares something of his father's interest in heraldry. Pamela is attending high school in Burlington, their home community.

      Gordon becomes Chairman of the Canadian Branch in 1978.





      Our love for Scotland only increases with our concurrent visits at the Clan Macpherson Rally, which we began to attend in 1972. Each visit augments our circle of friends there enhancing the appeal of our ancestral home.

      Our visit this year to the United Kingdom started in Surrey, outside of London, where we spent several delightful days with Ronnie and Betty Macpherson at their home, the "Rookery". During our stay, our host and hostess entertained us to a "wee Clan Gathering", which gave us an excellent chance to talk with a few fellow clansmen. Attending the party were Harry and Nan Macpherson-Symons, Alastair of Pitmain and his wife Penny and their family, Ewan and Margaret Macpherson and their family, and Robert and Valerie Pearson and their daughter Moira. Robert provided the appropriate atmosphere to this gathering by playing the pipes.

      Edinburgh loomed next on our horizon following our visit with Ronnie and Betty. Highlighting our stay in this illustrious city of Scotland was dinner with the Chairman of the Clan, Kenneth, and his wife, Edith. This was not only an excellent opportunity to renew old memories but also a perfect setting to discuss clan affairs.

      From Edinburgh, it was on to Badenoch. Because of its rugged beauty, Badenoch always requires an extensive exploration on our part. Naturally, our first stop was the Clan Macpherson House and Museum, where we were warmly welcomed by Eoin and Phosa Macpherson. This followed by a drive from Garva on the west through Laggan, past Cluny Castle and on north to Aviemore. We then crossed the Spey River, drove to the Cairngorms and back through Insh, past Invereshie House to Kingussie and the Duke of Gordon Hotel, our home for the next four days.

      Our first night in Kingussie intentionally coincided with the Annual Ball, the opening event to two full days of Clan activities. At the Ball, we were received by the Chief of our Clan, Cluny, and Lady Cluny and Kenneth and Edith. It was truly a gala affair enjoyed by all present. Andrew Gillies ensured a perfect night of dancing for both those adept in Scottish Country Dancing and those not , by combining Fox Trots and Waltzes with Highland music in the programme.

      Such celebrating fortunately did not interfere with the next day's Annual General Meeting held on Saturday morning. Everyone appeared bright eyed and enthusiastic. I personally was pleased to see larger representation of Canadians attending the Rally this year than last year's.

      One of the most stirring events for myself occurred on Saturday afternoon, when the Macpherson men march down from Old Ralia behind the pipe band and on to the field at Newtonmore for the games. I had the honour of carrying the Clan Chattan Banner. On our arrival at the field, Cluny presented the Macpherson men to the President of the Games, Major Salveson. He in turn gave his sword to Cluny for safekeeping by the Macphersons during the Games.


      On Saturday evening, the Clan was entertained with a programme of singing, piping, dancing and reciting at the Ceilidh with Hugh Macpherson acting as fear-an-tigh. In addition, we also saw a film by Munroe Macpherson on the "Gathering of The Clans in Edinburgh" as well as the "Gathering in Badenoch".

      On Sunday morning, we attended the service at St. Columba's Church in Kingussie where we were greeted by the Reverend Jenner. Cluny and Kenneth read the lessons during the service.

      Following the service, Lloyd Macpherson and myself were stopped by a busload of French tourists who wanted pictures of Scotsmen in their native dress. Lloyd and I naturally consented. Now, no doubt, photographs of two Canadians fill the photo albums in many French households under the labels of authentic Highlanders.

      On Sunday afternoon, following a short visit to the grounds of Cluny Castle, we attended a lavish tea put on by Ewan of Glentruim and his wife Sandra in the grounds of their magnificent home, which overlooks Strathspey. Fitting for such an occasion were again the pipes played by Hugh, who marched up and down the garden followed by young children.

      The next day, we said farewell to the Macphersons still present at the hotel. Then, we paid a final visit to the Clan House and Museum with a farewell to Eoin and Phosa.

      After leaving the Badenoch country, we had an enjoyable visit with Cluny and Lady Cluny and their family in Blairgowrie.

      It was then back to London but by a new route. We travelled through Dundee to St. Andrews. We followed the east coast as far as Newcastleon-Tyne, then to Harrogate, Cambridge, Oxford and back to London for a few days before returning to Canada.


      We went with high hopes and full of the anticipation of visiting the home of our ancestors, seeing the places we had heard about and joining with our clansfolk in the arrangements made for us in Edinburgh and later in our own clan area. We were delighted to find that everything came up to our expectations -- in fact exceeded them by far.

      Arrangements in Edinburgh were excellent. We were treated so well and Scottish hospitality stories were certainly true. The Assembly Rooms were used to the utmost as a general meeting place and we fully appreciate the fact that those who manned the clan booths were coming on duty after a full day's work.

      A journalist from America said "The Scots really have something no other nationality has, in kinship, sense of family and love of their country". This we have evidenced. We were proud to be a small part of this great family gathering. The same atmosphere prevailed in our Clan area at Newtonmore and district where, once again, we met such friendliness and generosity we were overwhelmed.

      On our reluctant return home, all the books about Scotland were brought out and re-read with greater interest and understanding, and our one desire is to be able to return.

      For your hundred thousand welcomes we thank you all.



      The Clan House Museum was open from 8th April to 30th September. During this period, 4,598 visitors passed through the museum, a decrease of 429 on the attendance last year.

      The recorded addresses of the visitors show that they came from the following countries, with the numbers for each shown in brackets: England and Scotland (3,204); Eire (60); Canada (166); U.S.A. (246); Australia (126); New Zealand (54); Switzerland (10); France (115); South Africa (21); Belgium (103); Germany (125); Holland (214); Norway (16); Sweden (45); Denmark (37); Austria (14); Italy (17); Malaysia (2); Brazil (1); Rhodesia (2); Venezuela (4); Israel (2); Bahamas (2); Poland (2); Mongolia (4); Spain (2); Mexico (4). In all, 337 Macphersons and septs of the clan visited us, an increase of 2 1.

      Donations received in the collection boxes amounted to �8, an increase of �.

      Sales of publications realised �0 -- an increase of �.

Membership Fees amounted to �1, compared with �9 for the previous year.

      We regret having to record a decrease of 429 visitors, but those from overseas numbered 1,334 compared with 1,300 for the previous year. We would again remind members that all visitors do not sign the visitors' book, and for families and groups, one name only may be recorded. The same, in very many instances, applies to donations in the collection boxes.

      A more accurate estimate of attendance would be to double the number of signatures in the visitors' book. Despite the decrease in visitors, donations from the collection boxes -- �8 -- and sales of publications -- �0 -- show increases of � and �, respectively. These are record increases, and, in a great measure, are due to the generosity of visitors from France, Holland and Germany.

      We extend our sincere thanks to Colonel John D. (Jack) Macpherson, of Sidney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, for his generous donation of �0 to Clan funds. He wished to perpetuate the memory of his uncle, Osborne Cluny Macpherson in some tangible way within the museum, the decision as to what form it should take being left to the Curator to decide. We mentioned our need for a suitable desk for the use of the Curator, which would also serve the double purpose of a sales table for our Clan Publications. Colonel Jack readily agreed to this proposal. In due course, a commemorative plate will be affixed to the desk. We also thank Colonel Jack and his wife, Hilda, for a further donation of � to Clan funds.

      We again extend our grateful thanks to Donald and Audrey Macpherson of Hamilton, Ontario, for a further donation of �0. On this occasion they have stipulated that the money be used towards the cost of landscaping the grounds around the Museum.


Additions to Museum
Two crystal containers, probably from a dressing set. The silver lids are engraved with the full Cluny Arms. They bear London silver marks 1814 and 1826. "Duncan of the Kiln" and "Old Cluny" periods. ON LOAN: William A. Macpherson, Chief of Clan Macpherson.

An Ordinary of Arms Volume If Contained in the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland, 1902-1973. From Colonel Roderick W. Clarke, 400 Madison Street, 709 Alexandria, Virginia 22314, U.S.A.

Thoughts by the Wayside, by Agnes Campbell, 1914. (Miss Campbell, a sister of the late Mrs. Carver, formerly Head Mistress of Falls of Truim School, Newtonmore, was resident for some time at Clan House, then known as 'Dochanasaidh'. From A. J. Russell, Newtonmore.

Guysborough Sketches and other Essays. From Donald J. Macpherson, Hamilton, Ontario.

A Highlander Looks Back. By Angus Macpherson.

Shooting Stick, inscribed "A tribute to Angus Macpherson from Strathpeffer Highland Games, 1894-1967". From Mrs. Carnegie Miller, 191 Fleming Lane, Fairfield, Conn., U.S.A.

Souvenir Brochure "International Gathering of The Clans, Scotland, 30 April -- 14 May, 1977". From James S. Adam, Organiser.

Jacobean Grandfather Clock which stood in a house in Carlisle when Prince Charles Edward was a guest on the night of 9/10 November, 1745, during the march into England.
ON LOAN: Captain J. Harvey Macpherson, Newtonmore.


by R. G. M. Macpherson, F.R.S.A., F.S.A.Scot.

No. 28 Alexander Macpherson of Garbity, M.D.
      One of the oldest Macpherson matriculations (next to Cluny, Pitmain and Invereshie, which were recorded about 175 years earlier) and the only Macpherson cadet entry in the Lyon Register in the 19th century, is that of Alexander Macpherson of Garbity who recorded Arms on the 22nd June, 1854.

      Very little seems to be known about Garbity other than he was the son of John Macpherson, Huntly, Aberdeen, and was said to be descended from Macpherson of Cluny. As a "cadet of Cluny", he was granted a "differenced" version of his chief's Arms by the simple method of placing the Cluny Arms "within a bordure" and reversing the colours; of the shield. The effect created by this counterchange of colours was to make the shield divided "Azure (blue) and Or (gold)" rather than the lusual "Or and Azure" of the chief's Arms. This resulted in a blue galley instead of gold and the "hand holding the dagger" and the cross-crosslet" also became gold rather than Gules or red. The whole effect, however, is both pleasing and original.

      As will be seen by the accompanying illustration, the wildcat crest is depicted in an attitude very similar to Cluny's cat, although the tail, in this instance, is raised behind the cat. The motto, too, is unchanged but this is not surprising in that this motto was granted to several Cluny cadets and indeed to four Macpherson armigers unrelated to the Cluny line. During the term of office of the late Lord Lyon, Sir Thomas Innes of Learney, the chief's motto was very carefully preserved and what is known as "an answering motto", one of the finest features of Scots Heraldry, was re-introduced.

      The Arms of Macpherson of Garbity are recorded in Volume 5, folio 56, of the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland and are described as follows: "Parted per fess Azure and Or, a Lymphad or Galley of the first, masts, oars and tackling proper, flagged Gules, pennant Argent, betwixt in chief a hand couped fessways holding a Dagger in pale and a cross-crosslet fitched of the second, all within a Bordure also of the second and first, counter-changed of the field. Above the shield is placed a helmet befitting his degree with a mantling Gules doubled Argent and upon a Wreath of his Liveries is set for Crest, a cat sejant proper."

      It would be interesting to learn if any of our readers can shed any light on the Garbity branch of the Clan or if there are any members of the Association descended from Alexander Macpherson of Garbity.



      In 1966 there were transferred to Trustees the Clan House and Museum at Newtonmore and all the relics and exhibits then belonging to the Association. The Trust is recognised by the Inland Revenue as a Charitable Trust for all taxation purposes. In consequence all donations and bequests to the Trust are exempt from Capital Gains Tax.

      In recent years a number of generous donations and bequests have been made by members and friends of the Association and these have been vital in enabling the Trust to become free from all debts. The future security and development of the museum and funds for the purchase of additional relics and records of Clan interest which may become available can only be ensured by the accumulation of adequate funds which at present amount to about �000.

      The Trustees would therefore encourage all members with the interests of the Clan at heart to consider including in their wills an appropriate bequest which should be specifically made to the Clan Macpherson Trust. A suitable form of wording would be to include a bequest to:
                                                             The Clan Macpherson Trust,
                                                             Clan Museum, Newtonmore,
                                                             Inverness-shire, PH20 1DE.

      Gifts made during the lifetime of a member are similarly exempt from Capital Transfer Tax.

      If a member's legal adviser wishes further information they should write to: John Barton, w.s., 11 Caiystane Road West, Edinburgh.

      Dr. R. J. M. Gillespie, the Captain of the Gillespies, 100 Stanley Street, Attleboro Falls, Mass. 02763, U.S.A., sends us an excerpt of the October 1977 monthly -- The Gillespie Clan Newsletter.

      It tells of the "Get acquainted Contest" held at the last year's reunion in the U.S.A. It was a proud contest of vaunting words such as has been a lasting feature of the Scottish tradition (and indeed of the entire Celtic peoples for the last three thousand years). Though the Gillespies there would probably have been overcome if they had realised that they were at the heart of such historical continuity!

      The excerpt ends by telling us that all Gillespies who could not be there missed a most enjoyable, memorable and enduring feeling of togetherness, available only once a year. It invited planning now to attend the next Gillespie Reunion at 1174 W. Hill Road, Flint, Michigan, U.S.A. on Saturday 12th August, 1978.

      All Gillespies attending this year's Rally at Kingussie and Newtonmore, Scotland and the Reunion at Flint, Michigan, U.S.A., are sure to have a hectic August 1978!

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(The 13th year of this series)

      We were asked to present our language and its culture in a nutshell. At first we felt defeated, after all how could one give the history of one and a half thousand years of the Scottish language and culture with illustrations in a nutshell? Then, in the best resilient tradition of our forefathers, we asked if it would be sufficient to give a sixty minute cassette rather than a nutshell to hold this precious cargo. As soon as this was agreed we knew that we had won the day.

      The cassette and booklet "Ceòl na Gàidhlig -- Gaelic Music and Poetry" we found was the very thing that is needed to give something of everything in depth. It is obtainable from: Gairm Publications, 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2, Scotland; or An Comunn Gaidhealach, Abertarff House, Church Street, Inverness, Scotland. The cassette and booklet contain one of Mary Macpherson's better known songs as a bonus.

      It can be a good idea to purchase back copies and a subscription to Gairm against the day when one can read them! This is the vital lively quarterly publication of Gairm Publications and is obtainable from them at their above address.

      The other organisation, An Comunn Gaidhealach, whose address is given above, also has its voice. In its case it is in the weekly Stornoway Gazette which can be ordered through one's newsagent or by mail direct from Stornoway Gazette Ltd., 10 Francis Street, Stornoway, Scotland. At the time of writing (at the end of February), glancing through the current issue, it was delightful to see a photograph on the front page, of a sapper Lachlan MacPherson of Liniclate, Greagory, Benbecula on a skiing expedition.

      However, we are not neglected by Gairm either. Number 99 of Summer 1977 carries a selection of Donald Macpherson's poetry evaluated and researched by our own most eminent and revered scholar, J. E. Macpherson of London who has very generously given a supply of these copies to the Museum in Newtonmore. Anyone interested may obtain one on request from the Curator.

      One may recall from last year's Creag Dhubh that Roderick MacKinnon's book on Gaelic in the Teach Yourself series (Hodder & Stoughton: London & David McKay: New York) is a winner. It might be of interest to know that a delightful companion reader has come out called Barrachd Gaidhlig by the same author, but this time published by An Comunn Gaidhleach at their above head office. Many language readers are simplistic and uninformative. Barrachd Gaidhlig is interesting in itself -- how many of us, for instance, have ever heard of the weasel's dance of death? For anyone who has mastered Mr. Mackinnon's Gaelic grammar and uses the exercises and glossary in this book, should have no difficulty and only pleasure in Barrachd Gaidhlig.

      Only today Radio Scotland gave the solution to individuals who, because of life's stresses, are unable to master Gaelic on their own. The


answer to this difficulty has often been solved by Group Learning, which can be a highly rewarding get together. These several individuals meeting regularly can learn the language together through the National Extension College, 131 Hills Road, Cambridge, England. The course, in the name of one of the group will at least prove the collective wisdom by how the tutor marks their combined efforts.

      Shared expense will cheer the purse and eventual shared victory can be sweeter than sweet.


      Rally night, coinciding with the Clan Macpherson Association Rally at Newtonmore and Kingussie, Inverness-shire, Scotland, on August 6th, was judged by all as a joyous success.

      The evening took the form of a Ceilidh, Australian style, being held in the clubrooms of the S.A. group of the Australian Volunteer Coastguards at Norwood, in suburban Adelaide. Des McPherson is a coastguard member, but at the time of the Rally he was probably at Kingussie.

      About 70-80 members, families and friends were present, and we had the great pleasure of being entertained (and indeed educated) by Scottish performers arranged by Ian Macpherson.

      The Chairman and wife Georgina were piped in by Des Ross, former Pipe Major of the 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment which is based at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills (this Battalion was the recipient of an American Presidential Citation for an outstanding holding action during the Allied withdrawal in the Korean War). The Fear-an-tigh for the evening, Alan Beaton, greeted the Chairman and his lady after which he explained the meaning of "Ceilidh" and his part as "fear-an-tigh". We were then entertained by Sam Cunningham, whose delightful lyric tenor presentation in the true Scottish tradition set the seal on a grand musical evening. Willie Fairall, an accomplished elocutionist in the Scottish vernacular, added to the enjoyment of those present. An element of Scotland's Bard is always received with approval "Down Under", and Willie's rendition of Tam O'Shanter, well-nigh perfect, was listened to with rapt attention, and acclaimed with resounding applause.

      May Sinclair and her ladies demonstrated country dancing, then invited young and not so young to join in the dancing and instruction that followed.

      Margaret (Macpherson) Ferrie, one of S.A.'s leading and most sought-after sopranos provided the Clan talent in delightfully rendering The Skye Boat Song and My Brown Highland Cattle.

      Ken Macpherson, who came 500 miles from Ceduna on the west coast of S.A. added to the fun of the evening by producing his mouth organ. His duet with this musical instrument with Willie Fairall was a highlight of a programme consisting of highlights. Ian's son, Gordon,


bravely contributed on behalf of the younger generation of the Macpherson Clan with a clarinet solo, and the Chairman addressed the Haggis, after which many had their first taste of this famous "sausage."

      An indication of the success and enjoyment of the evening was that some of the bairns wished to stay on 'til the wee sma' hours.

      Those who were absent through sickness or for other reasons really missed a treat, and as one of our entertainers, May Sinclair said -- "Please invite us again". She can be assured we shall invite her ladies again next August.

      Thanks Ian, for arranging it, thanks Sec./Treasurer John, Committee members and wives for working at it, and all those present who contributed to its success.

      One final word -- on display for the very first time was our very handsome clan bearer, so professionally designed by Committee member Ken Macpherson, and so well made by the Flag Centre, Wayville. Ken's cat would meet with the approval of the most severe critic and has delighted fellow Committee members.

      Members, the first Saturday of the first full weekend in August, coinciding with the Rally in Scotland, is now a set date for our Rally evening, so make it a priority and a true Gathering of the Clan.




Housse & Museum Appeal Fund, 1978 report

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We are indebted to "J.E." for the translation into English of this song, except for the last two verses which appear to be superfluous but are included to give the bardess's whole work. It is supposed to be addressed to Cluny of the '45 after Culloden by a daughter of the Clan -- Mary Macpherson.

CHORUS: Thou yonder in the high hills of the deer
                   With thy gun and thy dog and they gillie,
                  Fain would I nestle in thy warm tartan plaid
                   And would merry with thee be
                   I would merry, merry, merry be
                   I would merry, merry, merry be
                   I would merry, merry, merry be
                   I would merry be with thee.

                   When you arm yourself for the fray
                   With targe and dirk and sword,
                   So active and fierce,
                   Ewen Ruaidh, Are you in the fight.

                                                                        Thou yonder . . .

                   When Prince Charles called for heroes
                   You answered the call with Clan Chattan.
                   At Clifton where the English tried to break your guard
                   The champions refused to give way.

                                                                         Thou yonder ...

                   Many horsemen tough and strong,
                   Were against you in the battle scene,
                   But with your speed and the hardness of your steel
                   You speedily dealt with them.

                                                                         Thou yonder ...

                   And though to-day you are alone
                   Without your clan to support you
                   We will see you yet among your noble kin
                   With your Green Banner again outspread.

                                                                         Thou yonder ...

                   The proud Banner that never once left a battlefield
                   That was not a scene of victory
                   Pity that it was not in that place
                   When Duke William smote us!

                                                                         Thou yonder ...

      Obviously this translation would have to be worked over by a poet or songwriter to make it singable in English but the School of Scottish Studies or a musicologist might be able to supply the original tune or one that would suit it which would make the original Gaelic immediately singable.



                                                        A CHOMH-SHEIRM:
                                                        Fir ud thall am braigh an fhirich
                                                        Ga'm beil gunna a's cu a's gille
                                                        Luidhinn ann ad bhreacan tioram
                                                        's dheanainn mire cuide ruit
                                                        Dheanainn mire, mire, mire,
                                                        Dheanainn mire, mire, mire,
                                                        Dheanainn mire, mire, mire,
                                                        Dheanainn mire cuide ruit.

                                                        'N uair a theid thu'd' airm gu h-uallach
                                                        Sgiath a's biodag as lann cruaidh ort
                                                         'S teoma sgairteil Eoghann ruadh
                                                        An am a bhualadh bhuillean thu.

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        'N uair bha Tearlach 'g iarraidh ghaisgeach
                                                        Bu leat leir-thogail Chlann Chatain
                                                        Dluth air Cliof-dun dhearbh fir
                                                        Shasuinn Nach bu lais na curaidhean.

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        B' iomadh marcach leathann laidir
                                                        Thug an aghaidh oirbh 's an laraich
                                                        Ach le luaths a's cruas bhur stailinn
                                                        Gu'n robh Ian duibh 'dh fhuirich ann

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        's ged a tha thu 'n duigh air fuadan
                                                        Gun do chinnidh bhi ri d' ghualainn
                                                        Chi sinn fhathasd thu 'measg d' uaislean
                                                        'S ur srol uain air fulasgadh

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        Bhratach uaibhreach riamh nach d'fhag
                                                        Aon bhlar no comhrag gun bhuaidh larach
                                                        'S truagh nach robh i anns an aite
                                                        Far na chraidh Diuc Uilleam sinn!

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        'N uair bhiodh iomadh té gun seaIg aice
                                                        Aig an robh giomanach cearbach
                                                        Gheidhinn eoin nan cirein dearga
                                                        Dh' fhagte marbh le do ghunnaireachd

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...

                                                        'S nuair thigeadh tu dhachaidh 'm fheasgair
                                                        L e do choin air eill 's le do chuid fleasgach
                                                        Gheibhinn pògan bhuat a's beadradh
                                                        Chan fhear beag no munar thu!

                                                                                                                Fir ud thall ...






       Ever since the early days of white settlement in Australia the Macphersons have been numerically strong (currently estimated at between 7,000 and 10,000 of the name) and many have distinguished themselves in the field of commerce, in engineering, medicine, agriculture, education etc. There was quite significant migration in the late 19th century from Kingussie in Badenoch to Yarrawonga district in N.E. Victoria, and a second group from the Isle of Skye settled around Lismore in Western Victoria. However, it is only very recently that concrete steps have been taken to form an Australian branch of the Clan Macpherson Association, with constituent sub-branches in each State.

       Although he hesitates to take due credit, and prefers to be regarded as merely a catalyst, the moving force behind this development is Gordon McPherson, a third generation Australian and a semi-retired Melbourne engineer. Gordon, the foundation Chairman of the Australian branch, has attended Clan Macpherson rallies in Newtonmore, and is a keen student of the history and traditions of the Clan. He made a start in the more distant, less populous, states and before long had flourishing sub-branches in Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia. Queensland was the first off the mark and such was their enthusiasm that they immediately formed and equipped a Pipe Band, now suitably fitted out in kilts of Macpherson Red. Next came South Australia, where the 60 strong sub-branch manned a special tent at the recent Adelaide Highland Games. Western Australia, with some 80-90 members, formed a large party at a Caledonian Society Ball in the city of Perth.

       Fired by his early success, Gordon then planned for the establishment of a sub-branch in Victoria, and on his own initiative called a meeting of all those eligible to be members at a large city motel for Monday, 18th April, 1977. In my capacity as corresponding secretary for the Clan Chattan Association, I was privileged to be invited, together with my wife Leila, as guests of this inaugural gathering. Some 60-odd people attended and the long list of apologies included distant country residents and even some from Tasmania. More importantly, in addition to many Macphersons and Mcphersons, I noted such Clan names as McLeish, Gillies, Gillespie and Cattanach amongst those present. All appeared keen, and there was no difficulty in forming a comprehensive steering committee to guide the newly-formed sub-branch. Already some further social activities and a quarterly newsletter are planned. Only New South Wales remains to be pulled into the national network, and I have no doubt that this will be successfully achieved by that enthusiastic catalyst, Gordon Macpherson.






Badenoch Branch    45
North of Scotland Branch   60
East of Scotland Branch  191
West of Scotland Branch   70
England and Wales Branch  355
Canadian Branch   306
U.S.A. Branch  418
New Zealand Branch    74
Australia Branch  200
Europe Branch .     14
Asia Branch     5
Africa Branch    26
South America Branch      7

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Members deceased in 1977
MRS. ELSIE BOWSTEAD, 2 St. James Street, Dingwall, Ross-shire.
MRS. PATRICIA L. WATSON, 2 Craigmount Drive, Edinburgh.
MR. ANDREW C. LEES, 10 Darwin Street, Craigshill, Livingston, West Lothian.
MRS. ELIZABETH M. MACPHERSON, 15 Temple Village, by Gorebridge, Midlothian.
MR. NORMAN J. MACPHERSON, 7 Cavendish Place, Troon, Ayrshire.
MISS VIOLET M. MACPHERSON, M.A., "Glenview", Cordridge, Hants.
LADY ROSEMARY C. LEY, Banbury House, South Cheriton, Templecombe, Somerset.
MRS. MARIE LEE, 7 Leithcote Gardens, London.
COL. ALEXANDER CATTANACH, 8 Studley Close, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset.
MRS. GRACE CATTANACH, 8 Studley Close, Highcliffe, Christchurch, Dorset.
MRS. SYLVIA MACPHERSON, "Ashlers", Cudlow Avenue, Rushington, Sussex.
MR. HERBERT A. G. EYDMANN, 26 Morelands Road, Purbrook, Portsmouth, Hants.
MR. WALLACE R. C. MACPHERSON, 24 Woodlodge Lane, West Wickham, Kent.
MR. GEORGE L. MACPHERSON, I I Dunloe Road, Toronto, Canada.
MR. NEIL B. MACPHERSON, 42 McIntosh Street, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
MR. GARLAND P. A. McPHERSON, 430 Crestview Road, Southern Pines, N.C., U.S.A.
MRS. ELSIE A. GILLESPIE, "Bennetts", Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand.
MRS. WINIFRED J. HENDERSON, Arenal Flats, Dee Street, Invercargill, New Zealand.


Miss V. M. Macpherson, M.A. (Oxon.)
       Violet Macpherson, whose father was the Secretary of Clifton College from 1864 to 1912, was born at Clifton on 14th April, 1889. She was educated at St. Helen's and Clifton High School, where she was awarded the Winkworth scholarship, which enabled her to go up to St. Hugh's College, Oxford. History and House Mistress at The School of St. Mary and St. Anne, Abbots Bromley, 1915-1925. Head Mistress of The School of St. Clare, Polwithen, Penzance, 1926-1936; then of Danesfield, Walton-on,Thames until the war forced its closure, when she became a House Mistress at St. Swithun's School, Winchester. In 1949 she retired to live at nearby Cheriton, and in 1954 moved to Curdridge, where she died on 13th April, 1977.

       Her uncle, the Reverend Alexander Cluny Macpherson M.A., with her father, subscribed to the Golden Wedding presentation to "Old Cluny" in 1882. He was elected Bard of the Clan Chattan in 1896, and there are copies of his works in the Clan House Museum. The earliest positive information about the family is that her great-grandfather, Willia Macpherson, came from Culloden; he married Mary Leach of Chichester on 29th September, 1796, and their first son, William, was baptised at St. Pancras, Middlesex the following year. Her grandfather, Alexander, was an Accountant in the City of London.

Atholl Sacré Macpherson
       On 30th September 1977, Atholl Sacré Macpherson passed away at Tintagel, Cornwall. He is survived by his son Andrew and his daughter Fiona.

R. Keith Murdoch
       December 1977. R. Keith Murdoch a member of South Australia. Keith was Hon. Treasurer of the S.A. Caledonian Society for many years and also held the same office of the Adelaide Highland Games. Both positions he held at time of death. Keith, was a tireless community worker in many fields.

       Australian Vice-Chairman, Wallace N. Macpherson represented the Clan at the funeral service and interment.



At Edinburgh on 21st August, 1977 to Charles and Diana Macpherson, a daughter, Katherine Susanna. First grand-child of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. G. Macpherson, London.

On 21st September, 1977 to Ewen and Margaret McPherson, at Melbourne, Australia, a daughter Fiona Jane.

On 10th October, 1977, to Allan and Glenys Gillies, at Melbourne, Australia, a son Ross.

In 1976 to Roger Ian and Alexa McPherson at Christchurch, New Zealand, a daughter Rachel Anne.

On 9th September, 1977, to John and Stephanie Matthews at Brisbane, a daughter, Kelly Irene.

On 14th June, 1977 to Keith and Leonie Gillies at Brisbane, a daughter, Kathleen Patricia.

MACPHERSON -- BROWN. On 26 November, 1977, Mr. Roderick Murdoch Macpherson was married to Miss Constance Brown at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Roderick is the eldest son of Col. and Mrs. Bruce D. Macpherson of Windsor.

This column continues with further details of overseas members (and others) who are anxious to find their Scottish ancestors. Should any reader have any information could they get in touch with the inquirer direct. If the search is successful please let the Editor know, it could make a good story for Creag Dhubh. Address any further requests to the Editor of the journal or to the Secretary of the Association.

       Mr. Joëel Merckelbach of 74 rue Jean-Jaures, Bois-Colombes 92270, France gives details of his descent from Maria Magdalena Macpherson, born in 1772 in Deventer, Overijsil, Holland, the daughter of Alexander Macpherson and Catharina Ross. Alexander Macpherson was a soldier in a Scottish regiment serving in the United Provinces.

       Mrs. Gertrude Westlake is looking for details of the background of her father, David Donald Angus Rory McNaughton MacPherson, who lived at Sangar, Lavon and Dallas, Texas before 1917 when he and his son David James went to live in Edinburgh. He worked painting stage settings and signs for the railroad. Mrs. Westlake's address is 127 1/3 N. 6th Street, Quincy, Ill., 62301, U.S.A.


       Mr. Ron McPherson, a New Zealander from 29 Victory Avenue, Karori, Wellington, asks for information of his great-grandfath

er Capt. William MacPherson, a sea captain who arrived in New Zealand about 1870-80.

       Jean S. Keith comes up with a "cri de coeur", anyone able to help might care to write her direct at 111 Drury Lane, Barrie, Ontario, Canada to assist in tracing her family tree,, She tells us that her family are the descendants of William McPherson and Mary McDonald. Their son Donald (Jean's great-grandfather) was born at Grantown-on-Spey, Inverness-shire. He served in the 1 st Foot Regiment commanded by the then Duke of Kent for 10 years 3 months. After the loss of his left arm at the Battle of Waterloo, he was discharged from the Royal Hospital at Chelsea and admitted on the Pension List on 20th November 1815. He lived in Scotland in the Parish of Alra in the County of Inverness. He married Jean Cruikshank.

       Parochial register of Cromdale and Inverallan recorded the birth and baptism of five children: William born 1823, Elspat in 1826, Johnnie in 1828, Mary in 1831 and Ann in 1833. Jean's family also recalls hearing the names of Thomas and James. Her grandfather William McPherson attended school in Duthil in the county of Elgin in Scotland in 1848.

       The Editor, Archy Macpherson, would also be grateful of help on one point by any reader who might care to write him at 46 Ambrose Rise, Dedridge, Livingston, Scotland. His father Lachlan Macpherson who was born in Baliscate House, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland on 12th March 1891 (see Creag Dhubh 1973 page 586) and went to Montreal, Canada in the early years of this century to take up a post with the Bank there. In due course he transferred to Calgary, Canada to take up a post with the Bank there. He had no heart to get embroiled in what he considered was properly a second Franco-Prussian war in 1914 but the Army recruiting people put a pipe-band down the streets of Calgary and all the Scots to the fourth and fifth generation back followed it to the Army recruiting table! That was in 1915. Despite the fact that the troopship coming back across the Atlantic was overcrowded with troops he was drawn to only one of the many other Soldiers. After a day or two he asked the other fellow what his name was. "Lachlan Macpherson" replied the other fellow. "B**** liar", exclaimed Archy's father, "Show me your pay-book." Sure enough the fellow's name was clear to see in his soldier's record as Lachlan Macpherson. The other fellow then turned to Archy's father and demanded his name, "Lachlan Macpherson" to the same response and much merriment of being a b**** liar and demanding to see his pay-book as well. It turned out that they were cousins, both of the Macphersons of Shielfoot (Bun na h-Aibhne) Ardnamurchan, Argyll, Scotland! Since the Editor's father passed on when Archy was only twelve years of age on 6th August 1940 during the War when communications and links were more tenuous as a result, all trace of this cousin and his famfly has been lost. Perhaps there may be Macphersons in Canada of the Shielfoot family or even of this cousin who might care to renew the old links.


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