LIST OF OFFICERS      938
   CLAN HOUSE MUSEUM 1980  951
   CLAN RALLY 1980  959
   GLEN TRUIM   960
   DEATHS   975
   MARRIAGES   975



No. 33


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        THE ANNUAL OF




The Chief

Hon. Vice-Presidents

Officers of the Association

1295Cumnock Cresent, Oakville, Ontrio, Canada

Fleenasmore, Ardclach, Nairn

Hon. Secretary
39 Swanston Avenue, Edinburgh, 10

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

Mrs E. C. G. MACPHERSON, 'Kilmuir', Dundas Street, Comrie, Perthshire

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

Piper                                                                                                     ROBERT PEARSON
Hon. Auditor                                                                                                     R. W. G. MACPHERSON

Editorial Committee
A.C. MACPHERSON, M.A., LL.B (Editor),
46 Ambrose rise, Dedridge, Livingston West Lothian
JOHN M. BARTON, W.S. (Secretary) and T.A.S. MACPHERSON, A.R.I.C.S. (Advertising)



TOM MACPHERSON (Lord Macpherson of Drumochter. Died 1965)                                   1947-1952
NIALL MACPHERSON (Lord Drumalbyn) 1952-1954
LT. COL. ALLAN I. MACPHERSON (Died 1958) 1954-1957
HON. J. GORDON MACPHERSON(Lord Macpherson of Drumochter) 1960-1963
A.I.S. MACPHERSON 1969-1973

Branch Representatives




The Council appeals to members to support the Annual by contributing articles of historical, genealogical, or topographical interest, and by forwarding news of themselves and other clanmen, honours, appointments, etc. Photographs, prints, etc., of places or people and 'Letters to the Editor' on matters of Clan interst are also welcome.

All communications should be addressed to the Editor of Creag Dhubh, Archy Macpherson, M.A., LL.B., 119 Huron Avenue, Howden, Livingston EH54 6LQ, West Lothian, Scotland.

PLEASE NOTE -- In order to meet publications dates for the current year, it is essential that all matters for publication in Creag Dhubh be received not later than 31st December in each year.



The 1980-81 year of our Clan and its Association has been one with particular memories for myself and Sheila. And we both send warm greetings to all who will open Creag Dhubh in the days of 'The Year of the Scot'! We look forward with much pleasure to the chance of meeting together wherever it may be during the year.

      The 1980 August Rally was again a successful one, and we are most grateful to all who arrange the familiar but first-class events -- and in particular we owe a debt of gratitude to Euan and Sandra of Glentruim and their family who show us such hospitality as the weekend ends.

      Then in the first week of November we were given the most striking welcome at Niagara-on-the-Lake, for the joint Rally and meeting of the Canadian and U.S.A. Branches. I am sure that the 'diary' of this great occasion will be covered elsewhere, but it really was an experience and a thrill to be under the same roof as so many clansmen and women at one time! Nearly 200 sat down to the Saturday night dinner; including seven named Donald Macpherson! And so many had travelled enormous distances to be there. If I mention Colonel Jack or Hilda from British Colombia and Jim or Doris Macphearson (Dallas spelling) from Texas (who attended also their first Rally in 1980 in Newtonmore) it is only to highlight this point, and to join their names with those of every person present when we thank them for their great hospitality and affection.

      Then again 1980 marked the founding and instant development by Stuart at his home near Johannesburg of the South Africa Branch. At his last report there were 89 new members on the roll, and we welcome them all and congratulate Stuart on his enterprise and success.

      Lastly, we also record with much pleasure the founding of a subBranch in New South Wales, giving full 'cover' to Australia under Gordon's hand.


      One thing that we noticed particularly in Canada in November was the lively and prominent part played by the younger members -- it was very good to see the whole of Donald (our Chairman) and Betty's family at Niagara, and also Gordon and Nancy's family in force; as well as many other young clansmen and girls (all, incidentally, so good looking!). There is just a risk that as an Association gets older its membership's bones may creek a little! And I simply end this message by saying that I hope we may all encourage the many younger cousins to join the Branches and their activities. An informal but identified 'Committee' of young members could be formed, to give a focus and to see that nobody gets left out of the fun of the Rally. This is of course no criticism of the marvellous work of the senior members, whose part has been and will be vital in our affairs, but it is just a thought which others may share.

      For all the events of The Year of the Scotland for a 1981-82 'season' Sheila and I send our heartfelt greetings.



At the Annual General Meeting of the Association, held in Newtonmore in August 1980, a suggestion was approved that the Association send a message of loyal greetings and congratulations to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother whose eightieth birthday was due to fall on 4th August, a few days later.

      A telegram was sent from the local post office and the following reply was received a short time later:
          "To Cluny Macpherson, Newton Castle, Blairgowrie.
                Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was most touched by your kind message on her birthday and sends her very sincere thanks to you and all who joined in these good wishes.

Private Secretary.

      The text of the Association message and the original of the reply have been given to the Museum for exhibition.



To some who read this story, it would mean just genealogy, but to me it was history becoming reality. In my school years, an important part of the curriculum was the 'History of the British Empire', and during my studies it was far from my thoughts that I would one day tread the ground that the forefathers of one of these founding families had trod before me and to visit with his descendants.

      Over 200 years ago, in Banff, part of the Highlands of Scotland, in a small hamlet or on a farm, was born to a tacksman named MacPherson and his wife a baby boy, whom they named Paul. It is not known if he had brothers and sisters but it is possible that he did, because in early days one child families were very rare, but it is around Paul Macpherson this little tale is woven.

      Paul was born in 1746 and little can be found about his early life until he was fifteen years old when he, his records show, was a private in the army and faithfully fulfilled his duties for twenty years. In 1775 his records show that he was in the 17th Regiment of Foot, and was then with the regiment in Ireland. When trouble began to brew in the new world, regarding that awful thing namely, 'taxes', Paul came to the 'Americas', with the regiment in 1776 taking nine weeks to make the journey across the Atlantic. It was a show of strength by Britain to settle the troubles, but, history tells us that this skirmish was to become known as the War of Independence. Paul was destined to go all through this campaign, to be a prisoner of the Rebels for three years, to be wounded causing total disablement of one arm; and being very sick, which shows on his discharge papers, made it impossible for him to return to Britain and accept the honour of the King's Royal Grant of Chelsea, which had been given to him. He chose to stay on the muster roll of the 17th and came to Halifax, Nova Scotia from Long Island and was disbanded in 1784.

      By this time he was married to a lady known only as Mary to his many descendants. Stories handed down to older descendants living now by their grandfathers and grandmothers say she was a kind and gentle lady, being remembered sitting by the fireside dressed in beautiful long gowns of silks and satins. In the archives in Halifax, Nova Scotia there are copies of the deeds of the land-grant of 500 acres given to him by King George III. This grant of land has been found, and I have been privileged to drive along the roads which then were the ox wagon trails passing by, going from Antigonish to Guysborough. Paul and Mary raised seven children there, several of whom were boys grown to manhood when he petitioned for the land-grant to be registered in his name some twenty-four years later. He also had the burden of taxes, for records show that he had to pay five shillings because he had six head of cattle more than he had cleared land for. This area today is known as the Roman Valley area.

      The family of five boys and two girls grew up and married into families also living on farms around the Macpherson homestead. Paul and Mary's family started with a girl Margaret, then four sons, Daniel


or Donald, James, fondly referred to as 'old Jim' by his presently living descendants, John Murdock, Robert, Isabella and lastly Hubert.

      Six of Paul's descendants were at the Gathering of the Clan, descending from sons Donald and James. This past summer I was privileged to visit yet another of his descendants, Florence who has passed the mid-eighties mark in her life, who descends from John Murdock. She lives in a farmhouse up on a windy hill, overlooking the Trans-Canada Highway which cuts across the farm her husband took her to as a bride, and whose nearest neighbours were Indians, possibly the MicMacs, still living in their tee-pees.

      Old Jim left Nova Scotia and migrated by ox-cart to Upper Canada, now Ontario. He brought his wife and thirteen children, and, there like his father before him, broke land.

      These are the descendants that we know about; how many more of Paul's descendants who may be in New Scotland still, or have followed that long road from east to west across Canada may never be known, but where ever they may be they are still of that great Macpherson family. To read a signature signed by Paul himself on his petition for his land-grant and on his honourable discharge papers from the 17th Regiment of Foot, now in the War Office records in Kew, England, and to read the description of him as being five feet eight inches tall without shoes, and then thirty-five years of age, and of black complexion, one gets a feeling of awe. Being able to read and see for oneself, all the things that happened in the past, making it possible for myself, an immigrant of some thirty years and a citizen of Canada, to benefit by the hard work of these pioneers.


from ALAN G. MACPHERSON, St John's, Newfoundland
Dear Bill,
      I'd like to thank you for the fascinating material on your family's involvement in the early development of New South Wales and Queensland, and it's still earlier service in India, by telling you a tale of recent genealogical enquiry which demonstrates the same broad connection of our clan with the tide of global events. It concerns clansmen who became seigneurs on the banks of the St Lawrence, farmers in the the Colony of Victoria, and officers commanding Indian troops under the Honourable East India Company; it also concerns their common roots in Badenoch. If you think it of general interest to the members of the Clan Association I would be happy if you would recommend it to the editor of Creag Dhubh.

      Some members are aware that I have had an understanding with Eoin Macpherson, Curator of the Clan Museum, for many years now, whereby he sends on to me letters of enquiry of genealogical or historical interest. Any correspondence that results is based on a mutual exchange of information, in which I gain facts and insight on the migration of clansmen from Highland homes to rural settlement elsewhere, and the enquirer has the benefit of access to my files, knowledge and advice. In 1963 I began a correspondence with Mrs Phyllis Macpherson Hardy, then of Montreal, a great-granddaughter of Laughlan Thomas Macpherson, notary public of Quebec and younger son of Daniel Macpherson, a Philadelphia Loyalist who in 1802 acquired the seigneury of L'Ile aux Grues (Crane Island) in the St Lawrence a few miles below Quebec. Mrs Hardy was able to provide me with a detailed account of Daniel Macpherson's descendants, but I was unable then to tell her anything about his ancestry; his alleged birth in Fort William in 1753 did not encourage any hope of a breakthrough to new information, and so the matter rested.

      Then in 1974 Creag Dhubh published Major J. E. Macpherson's exciting report of his discovery of the 'Pimlico Package' in the archives of the Highland Society of London, in which he referred to Donald Macpherson of Pimlico's annotated copy of Gilbert Macpherson's 1767 genealogy of the Sliochd Iain or Pitmean branch of the clan. In particular, the Major quoted Gilbert as documenting the Macphersons of Pitghouinn (Pitgown or Balgown near Cluny) as 'cadets of Clun' (Clune near Newtonmore), and Donald of Pimlico as annotating a younger member of the family as 'Donald of Crane Island'. Now Daniel is the biblical name commonly substituted for the outlandish Donald by the old Highlanders, so this looked like the breakthrough that Mrs Hardy and I had been waiting for, and I hastened to consult the original document.


      Gilbert's genealogical account indicated that Daniel/Donald's father was Lachlan Macpherson of Shirobeg (Laggan), youngest brother of Donald Macpherson of Pitghouinn, 'Cadet of Clun', but did not provide the details of the Clune connection; his mother was given as Mary, daughter of the Rev. John Mackenzie, minister of Laggan. Pimlico's note added that the Shirobeg family had gone to Canada in 1774, which, if true, meant Quebec (not Nova Scotia) and implied that Daniel had immediately proceeded to Philadelphia whence he had returned as a Loyalist refugee in 1785, after the end of hostilities in America. In 1975 I duly wrote to Mrs Hardy, then living in the Bahamas, to tell her about the Pitghouinn-Shirobeg brothers and the possibility of establishing the connection with the Macphersons of Clune. Ever cautious of misleading an enquirer, I refrained from telling her that the Invereshie MS of 1705 recorded Thomas ban Macpherson in Pitgown as a nephew of Murdo of Clune and that I thought him a possible father of the Pitghouirm-Shirobeg brothers; I had no documentary proof. No reply came from the Bahamas and the matter rested once more, despite enquiries about Mrs Hardy in Quebec and with the Association Registrar and the Canadian branch treasurer.

      In the meantime another correspondence had begun, with an entirely different part of the world. Miss Muriel McPherson, of Yarrawonga, in the Australian state of Victoria, is a granddaughter of Malcolm McPherson and May Campbell who emigrated from the parish of Kingussie to Australia with their first child in 1860 -- part of the last major folk-migration from Badenoch to settle a far-flung part of the old British Empire. By reference to my extracts from the Kingussie register of baptisms and marriages we were able to establish that Malcolm belonged to a family of mealmillers who had worked the Mill of Nuide for several generations over the previous century. Muriel's family in Australia had retained a somewhat garbled version of May Campbell's Badenoch ancestry, which we were subsequently able to correct and verify from various records in Scotland. Her father, Donald Campbell, had been the Tacksman of the Dell of Killiehuntly for 43 years prior to his death in 1854, and was a typical example of the rise of men of traditionally subordinate clans in Badenoch as the leading families of Macphersons and Maclntoshes moved away from the district. Her mother, Ann MacGregor (1791-1876), proved to be the eldest child of Malcolm MacGregor (1760-1812), tacksman of Ovie -- a member of a protégé family attached to the Macphersons of Breakachy and Ovie since 1611 -- and his wife Jean or Jane Macpherson who were married at Gordonhall in Kingussie in 1789. Jean Macpherson was a sister of Major Charles Macpherson of Gordonhall (1751-1820), Barrack-Master General of Scotland, and the youngest child of Lachlan Macpherson of Invertromy and Jean Mackenzie, daughter of the Rev. John Mackenzie of Laggan. In view of the fact that Gilbert Macpherson's MS Genealogy of the Sliochd Iain had documented the extinction of the Macphersons of Pitmean prior to 1767 and the succession of the Invertromy family to the representation of the Sliochd Iain branch -- maintained by Major Charles' family, of whom Mrs Edith Tudor of Folkestone is now the last survivor -- it was


fascinating to discover that the Australian family had retained information associating their ancestor, Lachlan Macpherson, with Pitmain rather than Invertromy. It is very probable, in fact, that he, rather than his distant cousin and namesake, last of the old Pitmeans, was the member of Cluny's officer corps described in May 1746 as "Lachlan McPherson of Pitmain, farmer, active in his station, lurking (Hiding in the hills)" and who later surrendered to the Earl of Loudoun.

      The most interesting point to emerge from the ancestry of the Yarrawonga family is that Lachlan of Invertromy's wife Jean Mackenzie provides a link with the Crane Island family in Quebec through her sister Mary, Daniel Macpherson's mother. The Rev. John Mackenzie, common ancestor of Mrs Phyllis Macpherson Hardy and Miss Muriel Macpherson, was apparently not a Badenoch man. His first appearance on record was in the parish of Inverchaolain in Cowall of Argyll; he was inducted into the parish of Kingussie in 1701 "being skilled in the Irische tongue", and was translated thence to the Parish of Laggan in 1709 where he remained until his death in April 1745.

      Genealogy and clan history are not all correspondence and archival research, and in the summer of 1976, while on a motor camping holiday with my family, I had the pleasant experience of visiting the lovely little Protestant cemetery at Trois Saumons, where Daniel Macpherson and his successors in the seigneury of Crane Island lie buried on the shores of the St Lawrence estuary. His tombstone records his as "a native of Badenoch", not Fort William.

      In May 1977 1 had the great pleasure, following the formal events in Badenoch which were part of the Gathering of the Clans, of escorting Miss Muriel Macpherson on a private tour of Badenoch. We were accompanied by Mrs Isobel Gill and her sister Mrs Christina Marshall, great-granddaughters of Donald Macpherson and Beatrix MacGregor, three of whose sons emigrated to the Yarrawonga district between 1846 and 1851, naming their farms 'Ovie' and 'Auchmore' after the MacGregor holdings in Laggan. As you can imagine, ancestral feeling was the order of the day: we saw Donald Campbell's grave in the beautiful churchyard at Insh, and Malcolm MacGregor and Jean Macpherson's family grave beside the Victorian chiefs in Cladh Tornan at Cluny; we were hospitably received by the present residents at Dell of Killiehuntly and Auchmore of Ovie; we sat in the sun among the ruins of the old clachan at Ovie itself, visited the Clan Museum, and picnicked at Garva Bridge.

      Then, in February 1978, coincidence stepped into the story to unfold it still further. A map of Scotland showing the Highland parishes from which the original settlers of Pictou County, Nova Scotia, had come, which I had constructed from local gravestone inscriptions similar to Daniel's at Trois Saumons, to illustrate a paper on immigration into Atlantic Canada, attracted the attention of archivists from the Glenbow Institute, Calgary, Alberta. I learned they they had in their custody the personal papers of Murdoch Macpherson, Chief Trader of the Hudson's Bay Company in the Athabaska District, who retired to Pictou from the North-West and died there. A Gairloch-man from Wester Ross, he was -- so far as I know -- quite unconnected with


Badenoch. Nevertheless, I ordered xerox copies of his papers. On receipt, my first task was to catalogue them, when, to my utter astonishment and genealogical delight, I came upon a letter which had evidently found its way into a collection to which it did not belong. The text of this anomalous letter had best speak for itself.


      'Mr L. T. Macpherson of Quebec', of course, is Mrs Hardy's greatgrandfather Laughlan Thomas. His eldest sibling, Charlotte, was still alive in 1849, his older brother John, the second seigneur of the name in Crane Island, had died in 1847. 1 have no explanation at the moment for Lachlan of Shirobeg's byname 'Maclid', although its form seems to refer to one of his parents.       The relationships mentioned in this letter, with some additional information yet to be commented upon, can best be understood by reference to the attached 'tree'. For General Kenneth Macpherson of Bombay to be a 'third cousin' of Col. Duncan Macpherson of Breakachy and Bleaton (1735-1810) his father Donald of Crubin must have been the younger brother of John Macpherson of Breakachy, Iain ruadh na Marst (red-haired John of the Markets), Col. Duncan's grandfather, recorded in the Invereshie MS of 1705 as the husband of Mary, daughter of William Macpherson of Nuide; the unnamed daughter of the Rev. John Mackenzie must therefore have been a second wife. Provost Alexander Macpherson of Kingussie, in his Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands (1893), stated his belief that General Kenneth was a brother of Corporal Samuel Macpherson (1714-1743), the Xenophon of the Black Watch Mutiny. At the time of Samuel's execution at the Tower of London he was described as the nephew of Macpherson of Breakachy (Iain Ruadh) and "the only son of a first marriage", implying that his father had remarried. It seems likely, therefore, that he was General Kenneth's older half-brother.



      In May 1978, on my way through London, I visited the India House Library to learn what I could about General Kenneth Macpherson. He first appears on record as Lieut. K. Macpherson of the 89th Highlanders and Bombay Regiment at the Battle of Buxar, fought in 1764 as the last episode in the attachment of Bengal to the British interest, where he was given permission "to enlist 100 men of the 89th Regt. which was being disbanded, as a second Grenadier or Highland Company". His advance in army rank in the Bombay Army of the H.E.I. Co. was slow at first, then faster: Cadet 1769, Ensign or Second Lieutenant 1770, Captain 1781 , Major 1788, Lieutenant-Colonel 1794, Colonel 1797, Major-General 1803, and finally Lieut.-General in 1814. In 1806 he commanded the 2nd Regiment of Native Infantry at Tannah, but from 1811 he was listed as 'Staff' and Colonel of the Regiment of European Infantry. He died at Mazagon on the 2nd December 1814 at the great age of 92, having spent his entire career in the service of 'John Company'. There is a question, indeed, as to whether he ever returned to Britain on leave. A will, dated 15th April 1790, was proved in the Court of Records, Bombay, on the l9th January 1815, bequeathing to "my housekeeper Nancy �000 Bombay money . . . and all my wearing apparel and trinkets, . . . to John McKensie now living with my housekeeper �000. . . . all the remainder of my Estate and Effects . . . unto my loved Friend Col. Duncan McPherson of His Majesty's Service in case of his surviving me, but in case of his decease before me, then unto his lawful heir or heirs." Col. Duncan did indeed pre-decease him, but in any case we know from the 1849 letter that this will was superceded by his marriage settlement. I have been unable to discover the name of the young wife.

      In the Scottish Record Office a few days later I finally discovered the document which secures the connection of Mrs Hardy's Pitgown-Shirobeg-Crane Island family to the Macphersons of Clune, and so to the rest of the Sliochd Iain. This was a Badenoch will, dated 18th December 1741, which showed the following relationships and connections with the last generation shown in the Invereshie MS of 1705:

Thomas ban, Clune's nephew, did indeed have an eldest son called Donald. And Mrs Hardy? Well, I received a belated Christmas card from her from Calgary in the same mail with your Australian material! So now she knows how her Badenoch roots extended to India and Australia as well as Quebec over a span of two and a half centuries! The story of her family, like yours, epitomises the modern history of the clan.



During the season 1st May to 30th September, 4,560 visitors passed through the museum, an increase of 125 on the attendance last year. The recorded addresses show that they came from the following countries: England and Scotland 3,575; Northern Ireland 76; U.S.A. 145; Canada 74; Sweden 55; Holland 140; West Germany 132; Australia 114; New Zealand 35; Austria 17; France 53; Switzerland 22; Belgium 33; Zimbabwe 4; South Africa 22; Denmark 18; Italy 19; Israel 12; Spain 6; China 8.

      At the Annual General Meeting in August 1980 we regretfully reported a decrease of 350 visitors during the first half of the year. However, by the end of the season this figure had been reversed and our year closed showing an increase of 125. Any doubts we may have had regarding the possible adverse effect due to the village being by-passed by the new A9 have not, so far, materialised; it has for the first year, at least, been helpful rather than the reverse. This has also reflected on donations in the collection boxes -- an increase of L57 brings our total for the year to �0 for the first time.

      Sales of publications realised �8. In all, 237 Macphersons and septs of the Clan visited us, an increase of 70.

      Last year we reported that we hoped to get per-mission to erect three new signs at the approaches to the village. The County Planning Officer has, however, refused our application by reason of -- "The display of signs in the manner proposed would be detrimental to amenity and traffic safety. The display of advance signs advertising individual facilities is against the policy of the Planning Authority. " He has, however, agreed to a composite sign which will be sited on the new A9. This is an entirely new type of sign and will be applicable to the whole of the Spey Valley. One has already been approved in respect of Kincraig village. In this connection we are co-operating with the newly formed Newtonmore and District Tourist Association, a very active body. The new sign will not, however, cover the A9 south or the A82, Fort William to Newtonmore.

      This year we have extended our source of publicity for the museum and information will be contained in the following publications:           New Guide to Museums and Galleries in Scotland (illustrated with an interior view of the museum).

           New Automobile Association's Travel Guide (illustration, 'The Green Banner').            New Landmark Guide entitled 1981 in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. This publication has a print run of 30,000 copies and will be available from all tourist information centres, travel agents, coach tour operators, and all points of entry into the U.K. It will include detailed maps of the various districts and a full advertisement of the museum, also one giving details of the 1981 Rally.

      We are also featured in a travel guide published in New York for tourists to Scotland.


      We continue to extend our distribution of museum advertising placards to tourist organisations, hotels, etc, also to the Scottish Tourist Association for distribution to their various centres. We hope that this promotion will encourage many more visitors to the museum, where a cordial welcome always awaits them.

Additions to Museum
1914/1918 War Relics.
      FROM: Hugh Macpherson, 17 West Maitland Street, Edinburgh.

Pitmain Genealogy -- photostatic copy from the 'Pimlico Package' in the Highland Society of London Archives, now on loan to the National Library of Scotland.
      FROM: Major J. E. Macpherson, 24 Well Walk, Hampstead, London. Small coloured print of Michaelangelo's The Entombment of Christ. Dr Robert Macpherson (c. 1811-1872) discovered the 'Entombment' in 1846 in Rome. It was proven to be one of only two or three acknowledged portable oil paintings of the great master. Dr Macpherson purchased it and turned it over to the National Gallery, London in 1868. The date of the painting is believed to be 1506/1512 in view of the style. It is now estimated to be worth �million.
      From: Robert W. Storm (grandson), 1707 Besley Rd, Vienna, VA, USA.

Dress Macpherson sash which belonged to the donor's grandmother, Mrs William Macpherson, Kilmuir, Easter Ross.
      ON LOAN: R. W. G. Macpherson, Kilmuir, Dundas Street, Comrie.

Short sword given to Mrs Isabel Barton, 32 Lockharton Avenue, Edinburgh by her nephew Angus Macpherson Cowie, Christchurch, New Zealand for display in the museum.

Medal to commemorate the visit of Clan Chattan to Cluny Castle on 23rd May 1895.
      FROM: Robert Macpherson, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh.

Small wooden spar back chair with cushion in Clan Chattan tartan presented to the museum by Ronald Noble, Secretary, Clan Chattan Association (Southern Branch), in memory of his wife, Florence who died this year.

Imperial German flag taken by Major Thomas McPherson from Rabaul, New Guinea, in 1914. This was the first engagement of Australian troops in World War I.

Photostatic copy of records from Henderson's Australian Families, Vol. 1, of Thomas McPherson, born in Kingussie on 22nd July 1822, and emigrated to Australia in 1852. This was the genesis of the present well known firm of McPherson's Pty. Ltd., Iron Merchants, Melbourne. Sir William Murray McPherson, former State Premier, and Major Thomas McPherson were descendants of this family.
      FROM: Hugh Jackson, Mosman, New South Wales, Australia, whose mother is a sister of Major Thomas Macpherson.


Not included


In the late 1960s it became evident that the Clan Macpherson Association had a gap in its objective 'to promote knowledge of Clan History'. A group of members within the Canadian Branch of the Association became aware of that gap and that Alan (Geography) Macpherson, then at University of Rochester in New York State, had prepared a scholarly manuscript based on his research over many years -- a manuscript which would prove suitable as a basis for a Macpherson History. Two other clansmen, A. Fraser Macpherson of Edinburgh and R. Gordon M. Macpherson of Queenstown, Ontario, contributed sections on The Tartans and Clan Heraldry respectively; a group of members of the Canadian Branch gave interest-free loans; a printer was engaged and the first edition of The Posterity of the Three Brethren was on its way. It was produced in 1966 and was an instant success. The edition sold out in 1975 and a second edition, enlarged and partially rewritten, was produced in 1976.

      The contributors who made the edition possible were:
            The Hon. Mr Justice A. Alex. Cattanach, Ottawa, Ontario;
            The Hon. Campbell L. Macpherson, St John's, Newfoundland;
            Dr Cluny Macpherson, C.M.G., St John's, Newfoundland;
            Sheldon H. Faulkner, Peterborough, Ontario;
            A. G. Macpherson, St John's, Newfoundland;
            James F. MacPherson, Essex, Ontario;
            Donald R. MacPherson, Barrie, Ontario;
           James F. MacPherson, Sarnia, Ontario;
           William J. MacPherson, Sarnia, Ontario;
           George L. Macpherson, Toronto, Ontario;
            Ian E. McPherson, D. F., Montreal, Quebec;
           Lloyd C. MacPherson.

      The popularity of the first edition has been reflected in the second edition and only a comparatively small stock of the History remains in the hands of the Association. Members in the United Kingdom should apply to the Clan Macpherson House while those in Canada should apply to Lloyd C. MacPherson, St Andrew's College, Aurora, Ontario. In the United States apply to Herb Armitt, 142 Riverside Drive, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267. Mr Armitt is an officer of the United States Branch of the Association.

      Members of the Association in other areas should apply to either Clan House or to Lloyd C. MacPherson.

      It is anticipated that a third edition will be published in due course but the changes will be very minor: largely a matter of correcting a few spellings, and some other very minor amendments. Members who purchase the second edition should have no fears that their book will become out of date.

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      The publication of the Posterity of the Three Brethren filled a gap in the area of authoritative Clan history. However, other books published in and around the Badenoch area, now long out of print, are also other sources of information. One such is Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands, by the late Provost Alexander Macpherson of Kingussie. This book, written in three sections, was published as one volume. [actually 8 sections plus 20 appendices]       The History Fund has now undertaken the project of reprinting the book and, at the moment, Part 1, which represents the pages up to 111 of the original volume, is available. It has been published with a semi-hard cover but otherwise exactly reproduced from the original publication. Members of the Association who have long been seeking the original edition will be happy to know that a reprinted edition of Part I is now available. It is intended that two subsequent volumes will be published when the first volume is largely sold. [This is the only source for Section/Part 1; the other seven sections plus the appendices are available at www.sonasmor.net.]       The writer's own copy of the 'Glimpses' was obtained rather interestingly. In my early years of visiting Clan country, someone asked me if I had a copy of the Glimpses of Church and Social Life in the Highlands. I, of course, was compelled to answer that I had not and the rejoinder was that I should attempt to obtain one as soon as possible. Upon enquiring around Kingussie I found that anyone who was in possession of a copy was not inclined to let it go. From Kingussie, I travelled to Inverness and tried all the second-hand stores and bookshops, but again was no more successful and could not find one. My travels a few days later took me to Edinburgh. In those days Edinburgh had two oustanding bookshops, both of which frequently included second-hand volumes of Clan histories. One of the shops is still in existence; James Thin, bookseller; the other, John Grant's, unfortunately is largely out of operation although I believe they still have a small mailing service. I visited each of these in turn with no success, but in those days John Grant's had a stall which is still in operation, at which at that time they were selling second-hand books. I stepped inside and was delighted and astonished to find a copy of 'Glimpses' for, even then, the miniscule price of 24 shillings. I grabbed it before anyone else could lay their hands on it and on examination of my trophy back in my hotel room I discovered I had a real treasure. Not only had I bought an original copy of the 'Glimpses' but in it there were two letters from Alexander Macpherson to the gentleman who was the original owner of the book, W. H. McEwan, W.S., of Edinburgh. In it, the author was making arrangements with Mr McEwan for the latter to employ the author's son in his law office, presumably in order that he might take up the legal profession. Obviously, Mr McEwan felt the connection to be sufficiently important that he had carefully attached the letters to the flyleaf of his copy of the book. How it came to appear on the market, I of course, have no idea but I am very pleased to be able to pass on this interesting little side-light in the Clan Macpherson history.















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