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CONTENTS
                                           
   List of Officers        2
   Message from Cluny        4
   From the Top of Creag Dhubh        5
   New Chairman        8
  From a Father to his Daughter     9
   Legal Take Over Bid by Clan Macpherson   11
   Let's Learn Gaelic (18th Year)   12
   Curators Report   13
   An Austraian Athlete   14
  Closing Chapter at the Museum   15
   The Clan Museum   16
   Annual Rally   17
   The Origin of the McKeans  19
   Memorable rally for the Clan  27
   Clan Armorial      28
   Obituary      30
   Clan Macpherson Trust      32
   Report from the Branches      34
  Self help in the Old Country      43
   Letters to the Editor      44
   Income and Expenditure Account      46
   Balance Sheet     47

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CREAG DHUBH
1984
                  
No. 36

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

THE ANNUAL OF
THE CLAN MACPHERSON
ASSOCIATION

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CLAN MACPHERSON ASSOCIATION

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The Chief
WILLIAM ALAN MACPHERSON OF CLUNY AND BLAIRGOWRIE, Q.C.

Hon. Vice-Presidents
The Right Hon. LORD DRUMALBYN OF WHITESANDS, PC, KBE
HUGH MACPHERSON, K.L.J. F.S.A. Scot, J.P.
LORD MACPHERSON OF DRUMOCHTER, J.P.
Major J. E. MACPHERSON
ALLAN G. MACPHERSON
LLOYD C. MACPHERSON, O.L.J., M.SC, M.S., in ED
A.I.S. MACPHERSON, CH.M., F.R.C.S., F.R.S.E.
LUCY, LADY MACPHERSON
RONALD W. G. MACPHERSON, T.D.
KENNETH N. McPHERSON, C.A.
J. DONALD MACPHERSON

Officers of the Association

Chairman
JOHN P. MACPHERSON
Fleenasmore, Ardclach, Nairn

Vice-Chairman
W. MONROE MACPHERSON
1776 Herrity Lane
Ionia, Michigan 48846, USA

Hon. Secretary
T.A.S. MACPHERSON, A.R.I.C.S.,
39 Swanston Avenue, Edinburgh, EH10 7BX

Hon. Treasurer
RONALD W. G. MACPHERSON, 'Kilmuir', Dundas Street, Comrie, Perthshire
PH6 2LN

Registrar
Mrs E. C. G. MACPHERSON, 'Kilmuir', Dundas Street, Comrie, Perthshire
PH6 2LN

Curator
ANDREW MACPHERSON, Clan House, Newtonmore, PH20 1DE

Piper                                                                                                     ROBERT PEARSON
Hon. Auditor                                                                                                     WILLIAM M. BARTON M.A., L.L.B

Editorial Committee
A.C. MACPHERSON, M.A., LL.B (Editor),
30 Trinity Cresent, Edinburgh EH5 3EE
JOHN M. BARTON, W.S. (Secretary) and T.A.S. MACPHERSON, FRICS. (Advertising)

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PAST CHAIRMEN OF THE ASSOCIATION

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
HUGH MACPHERSON 1957-1960
HON. J. GORDON MACPHERSON(Lord Macpherson of Drumochter) 1960-1963
ALLAN G. MACPHERSON 1963-1966
LLOYD C. MACPHERSON 1966-1969
A.I.S. MACPHERSON 1969-1973
RONALD W. G. MACPHERSON 1973-1976
KENNETH N. McPHERSON 1976-1979
J. DONALD MACPHERSON 1979-1982

Branch Representatives
                        Mrs. CATHERINE MACPHERSON

BADENOCH EOIN MACPHERSON
  Clan House, Newtonmore
NORTH OF SCOTLAND     ALLAN G. MACPHERSON
  32 Crown Drive, Inverness
EAST OF SCOTLAND
  39 Swanston Avenue, Edinburgh EH10 7BX
WEST OF SCOTLAND JOHN MACPHERSON
  39 Blackford Road, Hunterhill, Paisley PA2 7EN
ENGLAND & WALESEWEN S. L. MACPHERSON
  47 Revell Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surry KT1 3SL
CANADAWALLACE C. MACPHERSON, FRSA, FSASCOT
  49 Clayton Park Drive, Halifax, N.S.
USAW. MONROE MACPHERSON
  1776 Herrity Road, Ionia, MI 48846
AUSTRALIAGORDON J. McPHERSON
  PO Box 130, 23 Paw Paw Road, Altona North, Victoria
SOUTHLAND, N.Z.Mrs ISABEL LAMOND
  164 Lewis Street, Invercargill
SOUTH AFRICAALLAN D. MACPHERSON
  PO Box 3894, Randburg, Republic of South Africa
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CONTRIBUTORS

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. 30 Trinity Cresent, Edinburgh EH5 3EE, 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 October in each year.

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MESSAGE FROM CLUNY

      Each year that passes has its highlights and its lower notes. And 1983 was no exception.

      As always our own Gathering weekend was for us a most happy and successful one. It is perhaps invidious to pick out any particular group, but who could have failed to notice and to enjoy the presence of the family group of ten from the West Coast of USA? They made up for some absences in the ranks of those from overseas. And we look forward already to meeting many who may return to Badenoch in 1984.

      Then in the next weekend there was the Clan Chattan Association's 50th Jubilee Gathering in and around Inverness. Robert and Pauline McGillivray, St. Clair and Ella Shaw, David and Mary McIntosh deserve the warmest praise for arranging such a weekend which all those present much enjoyed. A strong contingent of McGillivrays from Holland proved again that clansmen of Clan Chattan never forget where their true allegiance lies!

      And then in November Sheila and I made a memorable visit to Montreal as guests of the St. Andrews Society of Montreal, to attend their Annual Ball. This entailed being present for a whole week beforehand in order to get into full training! At the Ball we were delighted to be greeted by over 40 members of our own Clan Macpherson Association, who had travelled from far and wide across Canada and USA. It was a great experience to be greeted by them all or to see such very well known and loved faces in the great numbers who were present. I know that no visiting guest has ever been so wonderfully supported. Of course we cannot name them all, but taking (if we may) Wallace and Jean from Halifax (Canadian Branch Chairman), and Monroe and Phyllis from Ionia (USA Branch Chairman and Vice Chairman C.M.A.) as representatives of all those who came we do thank them all most warmly. Perhaps (like us!) it took them a week or so to recover from such great events as the 'joint-branches' dossier which Gordon Macpherson arranged for us, and a reception arranged by Ian Macpherson (formerly Vice President of Air Canada), and yet another excellent evening organised by Colonel Mark Macpherson at the Grenadier Guards Headquarters. All in all a great visit!

      On the lower notes we say a sad but very grateful personal farewell to Eoin and Phosa as they move from Clan House. They have been the most special of friends to us over their most successful years, and a multitude of visitors owe them a great debt -- as do we all.

      I hope that it will be noted that Eoin will remain the bearer of my personal banner in Scotland for just as long as he feels able to cross the Spey bridge without being carried away by the wind! And may that be many, many years. To Eoin and Phosa we send a most sincere wish for a happy retirement from the curator's desk and duties.

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      I would also like to pay my own tribute to all the officers of the Association and all the strong and vital branches all over the world. Their work binds us all together in the wide Macpherson family.

      And lastly may I offer personal thanks to Harry Macpherson Symons, whose great generosity has enhanced the fund which will bear Nan's name and which will be much help to the finances of Clan House. We all thank him, and remember with gratitude his late wife Nan in whose memory the fund is established.

      Good wishes from all the Cluny family -- for 1984.

CLUNY.

FROM THE SUMMIT OF CREAG DHUBH
EDITORIAL
      Three of the great forces binding people together and strengthening their institutions go largely unnoticed by many. Namely, the contribution made firstly by the scholars, beavering away writing and giving lectures, secondly by the creative artist, e.g. the author, the composer, the painter, the sculptor, the architect, etc. and thirdly the performer, e.g. the singer, the actor, the musician, the reciter of poems or tales, es, etc.

      One of the reasons for the enduring nature of the Scottish Clans is due to the sentiment which was created and sustained such people through the centuries. Since the end of World War II we have seen a considerably more kindly attitude by the powers-that-be towards our culture and with its consequent flowering.

      For instance, we have seen the foundation of the School of Scottish Studies by Edinburgh University in the fifties which has seen not only great collections of oral traditions by publications like the Tangent Records, the magazine Tocher and great books like Collinson's 'National and Traditional Music of Scotland' (1966).

      Glasgow University has contributed as much through the truly prodigeous efforts of a Lewisman, Professor Derick Thomson. He was the co-founder of the all-Gaelic quarterly GAIRM, the refurbisher of the former run-down Gaelic publishers Alex MacLaren & Son, now called Gairm Publications at 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, and the creative force behind the Gaelic Books Council.

      There has also been the expansion of An Comunn Gaidhealach who run the Mod and have their H.Q. at Abertarff House, Inverness. Had the financial support been forthcoming they would even have run the Mod in Ceap Breatun, Nova Scotia this year. This is the year that the all-Gaelic College (Sabhal Mór Ostaig) in Skye was able to open its doors for full-time students, due to a more kindly Governmental attitude.

      Recently a very great event occurred which we mean to celebrate by the creation of an annual prize known as the 'CREAG DHUBH Clan Macpherson Prize'. We hope that by wise management we may be able to build it up over the years into a great institution.

      We looked around for inspiration and found ourselves turning to France as a country which genuinely promotes the arts and honours great creative figures in the past and present. We were also not unmindful that the Auld Alliance is still a living sentiment in Scotland and in France.

      What could their top literary prize the Prix Goncourt teach us? Namely that the recipient could be delighted by the honour and the prestige alone that go with the award because the Prix Goncourt amounts to ten francs only. We offer slightly more at a pound!

      This the first, CREAG DHUBH Clan Macpherson Award goes to arguably the greatest living champion of the language of our ancestors. Professor Derick S. Thomson of Glasgow University for his editing of 'The Companion to GAELIC SCOTLAND' published by Basil Blackwell Publisher Ltd., 108 Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1JF, England, at £25.

      Apart from Dwelly's Gaelic Dictionary we know of no book equal to this magnificent key to Gaelic language and civilisation. We cannot speak too highly of this magnificent lavishly illustrated volume.

      It is the key to several life-times reading -- as its editor says in the Preface: -- '. . . it may fairly be claimed that this is by far the most comprehensive compendium in existence, of information and assessment on matters of Gaelic interest, and it may be

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used with profit by scholar and layman, Gaelic writer and French tourist, in fact by anyone who is interested in any aspect, past or present of Gaelic Scotland.'

      This is a book that can be dipped into at random like a fondue, or read from cover to cover or used as an encyclopaedia. There is also a bird's eye view in the 'Guide to Contents by Subject' at the beginning.

      Each item is listed alphabetically and many direct the reader to a magnificent bibliography near the end of this unique book. As if this were not all, a mouthwatering index comes after this bibliography.

      It is usually possible to get the services of a local public library or a college or university library and any book not in stock can often be able to be got on application to the librarian on an inter-library basis.

      No clansman or clanswoman who is sincere in understanding the people into whose midst they have been born can ignore this book. This is a book not only for this generation but for generations yet to come. As the first five books of the Bible are to the Jews this book must surely be to us at least on the secular plane.

      We commend this book not only for itself but for the sources of culture and knowledge to which it points unerringly.

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ENGAGEMENTS

BARTON -- MACPHERSON
      Both families are happy to announce the engagement of Douglas, younger son of Bill and Eileen Barton of 15 Craiglockhart View, Edinburgh to Helen, elder daughter of Sandy and Catherine Macpherson of 39 Swanston Avenue, Edinburgh.

PRENTICE LINDSAY -- MACPHERSON
      Both families are happy to announce the engagement of Douglas Sutherland, elder son of Mr and Mrs John W. Prentice, 3 Northlawn Terrace, Easter Park, Edinburgh, to Margaret Maxwell, only daughter of Mr and Mrs John R. Lindsay, Auldbreck, Whithorn.

      The wedding will take place in Whithorn on 29th September, 1984

      Douglas is Hugh and Janet Macpherson's grandson.

DEATHS 1983

      It is with regret that we announce the deaths of the following Clan Members:
Mrs Edith M. 1. Tudor, 5 Clifton Crescent, Folkestone, Kent.
Miss Jessie 1. Macpherson, 17 Porchester Road, Bournemouth, Hants.
Major John G. C. Macpherson, Midwicket, Willington, Nr. Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire.
Charles R. Murdoch, 32 Willow Drive, Newnan, Georgia, 30263 USA.
Mrs E. A. Masterton, 99 Lochend Road, Edinburgh 6.
Mrs Jean MacGill Macpherson, Templeknowe, Cupar, Fife.
Duncan H. McPherson, B.Sc, MICE, 6 Abercromby Place. Edinburgh EH3 6JX.
Hugh Macpherson, 91 Glendale Avenue, St. Catharines' Ontario, Canada.
Andrew J. Cattanach, Woodview, Glassgreen, Elgin.
Mrs Peggie Macpherson, Dun Acainn, Carbost Beg, Carbost, Isle of Skye.
Rev. Dr Donald Caskie, 9 Campbell Street, Greenock.
Miss Mildred Gillies, 22 Green Lanes, Toronto, Canada.
Dr Alan Macpherson, 2706 Clarence Avenue, South Saskatchewan.
Lady Lucy Macpherson, widow of Lord Macpherson of Drumochter, Bagnor Manor, Bagnor, Newbury, Berks.
Miss Grace Wilson, P.O. Box 875, 272 Monteray Park, Grand Bend, Ontario.
Raymond G. Walker, Pasco Co. Florida, U.S.A. on 24th March, 1984.
Dr Hector J. Macpherson, 25 Dreghorn Loan, Edinburgh EH13 ODE

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BIRTHS 1983

Alistair James Macpherson on 3rd June, 1983 -- a second son to Maggy and Colin, 4 Douglas Street, Upwey, Victoria, 3158, Australia. A brother for Lachlan John aged 23/4 years.

Ross, James, William McCurrach on 29th September, 1983 -- a son to Marianne and Ian McCurrach, Avenue de i' Horizon 5, La Brine B1328, Ohain, Belgium. A grandson for Walter and Diana McCurrach.

To Kevin and Terry Macpherson of Johannesburg, South Africa, a son, Cameron Ross Macpherson, on 24th July, 1983. A second grandson for Allan and Hughla.

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NEW CHAIRMAN

      Our new Chairman John P. Macpherson considers himself one of the luckier Members of the Association because he lives 'in God's own country' some 30 to 40 miles North of Badenoch near Nairn. He moved there with Sarah his wife and their three children Jamie, Polly and Sophie late in 1975 having lived all his life in the South East of England.

      When in the South both Sarah and John P. took part in most of the activities of the England and Wales branch where John was the Treasurer for some years and Vice Chairman for a few as well, leaving for Scotland before attaining the Chair of that branch.

      He 'blames' his return to Scotland partly on Tommy and Jean of Balavil who very kindly allowed his family to spend at least four holidays in that well known Macpherson house in the early 1970s. September, as some of us know well, is one of the best times of the year in Speyside and it was during that month during those years that the family took over Balavil. The urge to spend much more time in the North became strong enough to make the family pack their bags, go there where they have enjoyed fife to the full allowing them, also, to attend the Rallies regularly which was not always possible ,before.

      John's family originally came from Skye from where his great great great grandfather Peter (born 1769) emigrated -- he was not 'sent' we gather,- with four sons and one daughter-in-law to Australia in 1825. His great grandfather, John Alexander, was said to have been the first European child to be borne in what is now Canberra. Other Scottish families claim this first so John is somewhat sceptical on this fact. John Alexander was, perhaps, the best known of John P.'s ancestors and Members may recall an article written in Creag Dhubh about John Alexander who was, for a very short time between 1869 and 1870, Premier of Victoria.

      John, therefore, is able to trace his family back some two hundred years or so but has yet to, spend some time on Skye to see if he can do better.

      He occupies part of his time in Nairn as a Life Assurance and Pensions Broker and part in a newer business of the Cairngorm Whisky Centre in Aviemore. If any Members find their way to Aviemore they can be sure of a warm welcome at the Centre where many of Scotland's fine Malt Whiskies may be sampled.

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FROM A FATHER TO HIS DAUGHTER
AGED 12 YEARS

When one's twelve one's getting old
Wiser too -- or so I'm told!
As childish things are left behind
With new maturity of mind,
New thoughts, new feelings and new ways
Begin to fill the coming days.

'Tis sad that childhood's carefree joys,
Shared with other girls and boys,
Are now departing -- Yet there will
Be other joys much greater still.
As time passes and you grow
Into a grown-up world and know
All the wondrous, lovely sights
All life's pleasures, life's delights.

There are some things that you must take
On life's long journey not forsake.
You must take with you, all you've learned,
All you've done and all you've earned
As -- poetry and peace of mind,
To yourself be true, to others kind.
And gentleness and laughter's sound
And dreams and hopes that know no bound.
All these you've learned and so now
Make a solemn, truthful vow
That you will keep them throughout life
In spite of all life's tears and strife.

Glentruim to Catriona, 12th March, 1984

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Adverisement

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LEGAL TAKE OVER BID BY CLAN MACPHERSON!

      This somewhat sensational headline might well sum up the achievements of two Macphersons in London in the recent past.

      In addition to Cluny being promoted to be a High Court Judge, Mr R. T. S. Macpherson has been appointed to the position of High Sheriff for Greater London.       For the benefit of Scottish and overseas readers who may be unaware of the origins and responsibilities of that post, the following details may be of interest. Because Scotland does not come under English law, having law and a legal system in the Roman Law tradition, in many respects similar to that of European countries, at least one of our overseas readership has a legal system and law rather like that of Scotland's.

      The appointment of High Sheriff -- 'the Shrievalty' -- is the oldest continuing constitutional office under the Crown in England, dating back well over a thousand years to the time of the Saxon kings. The 'Shire Reeve' was the monarch's trusted lieutenant for raising the levies for war -- the 'hundreds' -- and for achieving law, order and justice in peace time, when the Sheriff was the chief policeman, bailiff, judge and prison custodian or executioner rolled into one. Gradually, and to a great extent because of improving communications through the country, these wide duties were abated. Early in the 12th century the first 'itinerant justices' were appointed and the Sheriff ensured their safety -- which is why today the Sheriff in the Shires escorts the Assize Judges to their court, and the High Sheriff of London takes responsibility for their security in the capital. About the same period, the Norman feudal system took over the raising of local troops, and the High Sheriffs since then have had no military duties, although tradition has continued through the centuries that they will most often have a personal connection with the services. Finally, in the 19th century, the formation of regular and organised constabulary throughout the country removed the policing powers of the Shrievalty.

      Today, the High Sheriff is a little like the chairman of a busy company whose managing director -- the permanent Under-Sheriff -- is chief executive. His office executes all the writs of the High and Crown Courts other than for arrest -- distraint, possession, seizure, eviction, debt warrants and so on. In London this year there are likely to be over 30,000 of these, and naturally a proportion are 'sensitive' in the political or media sense, involving foreign powers, well-known names, ethnic minorities, highly-publicised groups like student sit-ins or CND, etc., and these need the High Sheriff's personal attention. Happily, there are the good things as well -- the awards of the Courts to members of the public who have assisted the police, often with great courage- and effort, and gallantry awards to the police themselves.

      In all this, the High Sheriff keeps close contact with the police and the Lord Chancellor. As a personal appointment of the Queen in Privy Council each year, the High Sheriff holds a position of complete impartiality and independence, and is, therefore, well-placed also to intervene where he feels he can best use his authority and status -- for example in London, in areas where racial problems have appeared as dominant issues and contact is difficult for those who appear to be already committed. There are, of course, ceremonial duties as well, as part of the traditional kaleidoscope of the Realm. These start with the swearing-in of the High Sheriff at the Royal Courts of Justice by the Lord Chief Justice. In 1983, two days after swearing-in Tommy Macpherson as High Sheriff, the Lord Chief Justice by coincidence swore in Cluny as a High Court Judge, and was moved to enquire whether there was an organised takeover of the Law by the Clan Macpherson!

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LET'S LEARN GAELIC
(18th year) by Chevalier Archy Macpherson, KCT, MA, LL.B

      It is suggested that you might care to consider learning the language of our ancestors because in the days before our Diaspora or Dispersal (Fuadach nan Gaidheal), when we all lived together in the Highlands, ours was the Gaelic language of Scotland which still survives to this day and may be headed for a great revival.

      Certain misunderstandings must be dealt with first, before taking the plunge. Firstly, Gaelic is no more difficult than any other European language and with the realisation that it belongs to us, as our birthright, there is the added incentive to win through to its mastery.

      Secondly, vast intellectual endeavour or speed at learning is not required in learning any language. Only doggedness is required, a given time every day say an hour or what have you.

      We met one learner once who managed to allocate one hour a day -- he then copied down each page in his grammar book and read it into his tape recorder for listening to on the morrow. He did the sentences involved and corrected them with the answers at the back of his MacKinnon's grammar.

      Another ploughed through the very excellent Gàidhlig Bheò (Gaelic Lives) correspondence course run by the National Extension College, 18 Broadlands Avenue, Cambridge CB2 2HN, England. It gave him excellent conversational experience, as all tutoring is by native speakers.

      One teacher, once he was certain that he had won through with a mastery offered to take a voluntary weekly class in Gaelic for any people interested. He found where the nearest church service was held and attended each Sunday and at least one ceilidh every week.

      Every day on BBC Scotland VHF there is some Gaelic, most evenings from 6.10-7.20 p.m. with half an hour from about 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 3.30-4.00 p.m. on Sundays, also on TV mostly rather late at night.

      An Comunn Gaidhealach will be pleased to advise on anything in respect of Gaelic learning classes, courses and competitive cultural events like local and national Mods, etc. Their headquarters are at Abertarff House, Church Street, Inverness IV1 1EU, Scotland.

      Song is an important part of our culture, so, one can ask Peter Hamilton, 3 Westbank Quadrant, Glasgow G12 8NT, Scotland with 20p stamp or two international reply coupons for their catalogue of Gaelic tapes and gramophone records.

      The Gaelic words for any favourite song can usually be got from An Comunn Gaidhealach, 13 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland. The Gairm Publications Shop on the top flat at 29 Waterloo Street, Glasgow G2 (near Central Station) is well worthwhile.       The Gaelic Books Council, Department of Celtic, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland will send you their extremely attractive list of all in print in Gaelic for 60p or one dollar.

      Stop Press: 'Everyday Gaelic' is a superb phrase book newly out by Morag MacNeil (£ 3 + 33p Postage) from Gavin Publications. Recommended.

      The wonder of it all is that there is so much so easily available, and ample advice for the asking.


SOIRBHEACHADH MATH LEAT!

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40 YEARS AGO
From the files of the Badenoch Record of November 7, 1942

ESTATE -- Capt Lindsay, of Chetwood Priory, Buckinghamshire, who was shooting tenant at Cluny Castle in 1941, has acquired privately this last portion of the historic estates. The property extends to 11,646 acres, includes the castle (ancient seat of the Clan Macpherson chiefs), grouse and deer shooting, and salmon fishing on the Spey. There is also Cluny Mains Farm of 5350 acres, of which 5000 acres are hill grazing.

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CURATOR'S REPORT 1983

      At the Annual General meeting in August we reported an attendance of 1370, a decrease of 994 -- sales of publications etc., amounted to £62 -- a decrease of £50.

      The Museum opened on 2nd May, and, for the second year, with very few early tourists in the area. This has been a common complaint for the past four years, not only in Badenoch, but the whole of the north, and indeed, Scotland in general.

      The warm spell of weather which followed was welcomed, but not enough to make up for the decrease in the early part of the year, we must remember that all visitors do not sign the book. The total number of visitors for the year amounted to 2,155, a decrease of 420. Sales of publications etc., £139, a decrease of £82.

      The one happy note in our report is the income received from collection boxes in the Museum. These were cleared by the Treasurer on I st October, the total being £549. This is an all-time record from this source (the previous best being £ 500 in 1980) and an increase of £150, over last year's collection.

      The raffle at the Ceilidh was again successful and realised £90.

      In the spring of this year I was able to come to an agreement with the suppliers of our heating oil. This means a saving of £ 100 in a year's supply.

      The increase of £ 150 in our collecting boxes makes this year the best in the history of the Museum, especially to the Curator in his final year as such.

Additions to Museum

      From Mrs Grace Macpherson, 131 Broombank Terrace, Edinburgh -- Service medals belong to Captain Robert Macpherson (Father of the late Robert Macpherson).

      From Mrs Isabel G. D. McPherson, 47 Macfarlane Place, Uphall, West Lothian -- Service medals 1897/1918 belonging to the donor's father.

      From Mrs M. B. Robinson, 13 Thames Road, Bulcheth, Nr. Warrington -- First British flag to fly over Paris at the liberation in the Second World War.

      This now completes my 18th Annual Report, and, sadly, my last. The years I have spent in the Clan Museum have, for the greater part, been very happy ones, and Phosa and I have made very many good and lasting friends, and to them we would like to express our very grateful thanks for their continued loyal support in our efforts to maintain and further the interests of the Clan Macpherson Association in general, and the Museum in particular, both at home and abroad.

      I will always treasure the many appreciative letters received from members and others, although I know I won't have pleased everybody, and, I am happy to say, members of many other Clans. As one lady from America wrote 'My visit to your Clan Museum made me wish I had been born a Macpherson!' She was a MacDonald returning from a visit to the home of her ancestors in Skye.

      I did not expect to receive thanks from anyone for information, or for advice given, and I have had many requests for information on ancestry problems. I could tell them the correct procedure, and how to follow-up their search, and quite a number have been very successful in their quest. These, and many other interests have certainly added to the pleasure of being Curator for so many years.

      It has been very difficult to find a new home, which has necessitated us renting a very small flat in the Hanover Housing Scheme at Kingussie, where, at No. 17 Glebe Court, we will be delighted to welcome friends.

      We will always look forward to Rally time, and, as Cluny's Personal StandardBearer in Scotland, I hope that I shall be given the strength to fulfil this honourable duty for many years to come.

     Finally, on behalf of Phosa and myself

Au Revoir,
God Bless, and thank you all.

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AN AUSTRALIAN ATHLETE

      A letter has recently been received from Mr J. W. Macpherson of Sydney, Australia, who sent some very interesting details of his grand-father, William Taylor Macpherson, who was one of the most prominent Australian athletes of his day.

      Born on the 7th July, 1866 in Sydney, the son of John Macpherson, a partner in an ironmongers and iron merchants business, he was educated at Sydney Grammar School and soon showed promise in the athletics world.

      'Billy Mac', as he was known, when in his prime, produced some very fast times in the sprints. Running in New Zealand in 1891 he covered 100 yards in 9.8 seconds and 250 yards in 24.6 seconds, both being world records.

      Two years later he won the Australian titles in one afternoon the 100 yards, 220 yards and 440 yards. His time of 9.9 seconds in the 100 yards stood as an Australian record until 1930. These times are all the more remarkable as he used a standing start and starting holes, the techniques of a crouch start and starting blocks not having been developed at that time.

      An interesting statistic is that his record of 9.8 seconds for the 100 yards, if extended to the metric equivalent of 100 metres would give a time of 10.78 seconds -- the winning time in the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896 for this event was 12.00 seconds!

      Billy Mac was also a good competitor in the long jump and shot putt, the captain of his Rugby club and in later years a first class tennis and golf player.

      He died in 1922, following a successful business career and deep involvement in the public life of his native city.

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CLOSING CHAPTER THE CLAN MUSEUM
      An era ended in Newtonmore as Mr Eoin Macpherson closed down the Clan Macpherson Museum for the winter for the last time as Curator and Librarian.

      After 18 years as the keeper of much of the Clan's history, Mr Macpherson is relinquishing his position among the Macpherson treasures to spend more time reading and studying about the Clan that has been so much a part of his life.

      Flying Officer Eoin Macpherson was born in Alyth, Perthshire, elder son of the late John Macpherson, ex-Deputy Chief Constable of Perthshire.

      He was educated at Morrison's Academy in Crieff, and on leaving school joined the British Linen Bank with whom he served 42 years before making his home in Newtonmore. In his time with the bank he served in Crieff, Perth, Kingussie, Arbroath, Forres, Stornoway and Thurso.

      A life member of the British Legion, Scotland, Mr Macpherson is also an enthusiastic rifle shot and fisherman, although over the past 18 years he has not found the time he would have liked to spend in these pursuits.

      With an inherited enthusiasm for law and order Mr Macpherson joined the Special Constabulary in 1938 and went on to serve in four forces, rising to be Inspector in the Turriff district and being awarded the Long Service Medal, with Bar, of the Special Constabulary.

      Although in a reserved occupation and therefore not eligible for war service, he volunteered for the Royal Air Force in 1941 and was appointed to be a Pilot Officer.

      After duties as Flight Commander and as Instructor at an Initial Training School for Aircrews, he was posted to India in 1942 and was Assistant Camp Commandant at RAF Headquarters.

      He was invalided home to the UK the following year and thereafter served as Anti-gas Instructor and Security Officer at a large Air Force Station. On leaving the services he retained the rank of Flying Officer and returned to the British Linen Bank after demobilisation.

      On his return from India, Mr Macpherson married Tryphosa, the second daughter of the late John Macpherson, Newtonmore.

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      Always a dedicated clansman, Mr Macpherson has missed only one of the 37 annual Clan Rallies in Newtonmore and was therefore more than fleetingly familiar with the village and its people before he made his association permanent.

     Before her marriage, Phosa had been in the Civil Service working in Newtonmore, Kingussie, Elgin and Dunfermline before being posted to London where she stayed for a number of years. When war was declared she was specially enlisted for secret work with the Foreign Office.

     Phosa's principal interest lies in embroidery, with many national prizes to her credit, and most recently was invited to send some of her work to London to be placed before a panel of judges for selection of the best of British embroidery for two major Japanese exhibitions.

THE CLAN MUSEUM

      At the time of writing, early in March, the Museum extension is about 80% complete and we have received a favourable report from our Architect who says that he feels the final stages should be complete by the middle of April.

      The whole extension has taken rather longer than had been hoped and, indeed, it will be some time before we can get the whole of the interior redesigned and into full operation. However, we will get there in the end and I feel sure the larger Museum will be a great asset to the Clan Association.

      A number of Clansmen have very generously contributed to the extension and the Committee are most grateful for this support. It is proposed to print a full list of those who have contributed in the 1985 edition of Creag Dhubh, but in brief the funds of just under £4,000 have come from the UK Members as to £1,567, New Zealand £63, Brazil £65 and the USA £2,284. In addition we have received support from the Highlands and Islands Development Board to the tune of £3,468.

      Our outgoings so far total just over £ 10,000 and there will be another sum to pay the builders of some £4,000. We will, therefore, have an outstanding loan at the bank of about £ 8,000 which, hopefully, in the course of time we will be able to pay off. Further contributions are, however, still needed and I would urge those who have not yet subscribed to do so please.

      The development study I mentioned last year has yet to be completed and, again, has taken longer than we were given to understand. I hope we will receive this very soon now so that your Committee can discuss the findings and report to the Members at the Rally in August.       Finally, we have a new Curator, Andrew Macpherson, son of Donald, Knock of Clune those who come to the Rally will be able to meet him. He is settling in well in the circumstances, with the Museum not in the best of states.

John P. Macpherson

EVER HAD A MOUSE UP YOUR KILT?

      This, believe it or not, is a true tale. Ronnie and Betty will confirm its authenticity if there are any doubts because they were present when it all happened.

      During the early part of the Summer of 1982 Ronnie and Betty spent a night with us at Fleenasmore and, as is our custom on informal occasions, we dined in the kitchen. There were six of us, Ronnie, Betty, Sarah, our two daughters Polly and Sophie and myself. After we had finished dinner and just as we were about to adjourn to the drawing room for coffee our cat Satchmo, came through the kitchen window just behind Ronnie's shoulder, with a mouse, which I thought was dead, in his mouth. Betty put her hands up in horror or -- at both cat and mouse I suspect -- I tried to direct the cat back out through the window again but he dropped the said mouse and it fled out of the kitchen into the hall hotly pursued by Polly and myself. We could not find it for a few seconds but discovered it by a curtain, however it ran off again into the dining room.

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particularly as Betty did not seem too happy about it. 'I expect it has gone up my kilt' I said rather flippantly to her as we went back into the kitchen. 'Many a truth said in jest' or whatever the saying is.

      I thought no more about it and the cat had lost all interest in the unfortunate mouse. We picked up our coffee, or at least Betty and I did and went to the drawing room. I am not sure what Ronnie and Sarah were up to but I expect they were doing some of the washing up. After a few minutes I had a 'pumping' feeling near my right hip and I thought to myself that it was an unusual place to have one's pulse beating. I really thought no more about it, having had a look under the cushion I was sitting on, but the pumping persisted. I suddenly came to the conclusion that perhaps the mouse was, in fact, up my kilt!

      I left Betty to her own devices in the drawing room to discuss the situation with Sarah in the kitchen. Sure enough, I took my kilt off, rapidly wrapped a towel around myself and Sarah shook the kilt out in the porch. Out popped the mouse and scuttled off seemingly no worse for spending about 20 minutes in a rather confined space between me and a rather thick leather belt.

John P. Macpherson

38th ANNUAL RALLY
      This year we shall be holding the 38th Rally in Kingussie and Newtonmore between the 3rd and 5th August, 1984 and it is hoped to have a large representation of Members from all Branches. A summary of the programme is set out below and it will be noted that the various functions follow the same successful pattern as in previous years.

      All kilted Members are particularly encouraged to support the March from Old Ralia, which precedes the Gathering at the Newtonmore Highland Games on Saturday afternoon.

      The Childrens' Lunch, to be held on Saturday afternoon, is held on the Games Field, with the Clan Tent as a refuge in the unlikely event of wet weather. All children and young people are welcome, tickets at 30p each are available at the Highland Ball and AGM from Miss Helen Macpherson.

      At the Reception before the Highland Ball on Friday evening, each Member and guest will be served with a refreshment of their choice and thereafter a bar will be available at which further refreshments may be purchased. The cost includes a cold buffet which will be served at approx. 10.30 p.m.

Programme of Events

Friday, 3rd August
      8.00 p.m. RECEPTION of Members and their guests within the Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie, followed by the HIGHLAND BALL and Buffet Supper, Evening Dress optional.

Saturday, 4th August
      10.00 a.m. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING in the Village Hall, Newtonmore.
      12.15 p.m. CHILDREN'S PICNIC LUNCH in the Clan Tent, Games Field, Newtonmore.
      2.15 p.m. CLAN MARCH AND HIGHLAND GAMES, Newtonmore
      8.00 p.m. CEILIDH, Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie

Sunday, 5th August
      11.00 a.m. CHURCH SERVICE at St. Columba's Parish Church, Kingussie
      3.00 p.m. Visit to GLENTRUIM HOUSE, by kind permission of Glentruim and his wife.

      This year's Rally is held during the period when the village of Newtonmore is holding a Festival for a period of three weeks, i.e. 28th July to 19th August, when a variety of events is on offer to visitors. The final details are not yet finalised at the time of printing, but in addition to the Highland Games and the Macpherson Rally there will be events of considerable interest to Macphersons. Details of events are available from either the Secretary of the Association or from Mr J. Richmond, Badenoch Hotel, Station Road, Newtonmore.

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CLAN MACPHERSON ASSOCIATION
NOTICE OF MEETING

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THE ORIGIN OF THE McKEANS, AND WHY I BELONG
TO THE CLAN MACPHERSON
by C. W. F. (Bill) McKean

      The Reverend James Currie, when preaching a sermon at St. Columba's Church, Kingussie, on 2nd August 1981 for the annual Clan Macpherson Gathering said two things. He said 'History is digging in the past' and 'There are three classes of people, The Scots; Those who wish they were Scots; and Those who have no ambition'. I think I belong to one of the first two classes -- I will leave my gentle readers to decide which.

      As the title suggests, this article falls into two parts, namely the origins of the McKeans and why I belong to the Clan Macpherson. Both parts are full of romance and interest. Indeed research into history, especially family history, is always interesting, and sometimes surprising. I am hoping that some of my readers can add to this survey, and fill in any gaps.

      Now for the origin of the McKeans. But first I must point out that the same name can arise in different places or regions for the same, or other reasons, at the same, or other times. Take the name Smith. Every village had its Smithy, and Smith is the commonest name in Scotland, believe it or not. Thus, lists of Clan Associations attach the McKeans both to the Gunns, and to the MacDonalds. The Gunns were a small clan in Sutherland, in the north of Scotland. Having come over the sea from Saxony, their shield does depict a ship or Nymphiad, [ R.G.M. Macpherson tells us in The Posterity of the Three Brethren that the term is lymphad - RM] but it is three masted compared with the Macpherson single masted nymphiad. The Gunns' land was constantly eroded and indented by their powerful neighbours, the Gordons, and finally they were swept away before the middle of the last century. The last Chief formed a 'Clan Gunn Society' in 1821, but that was the end of it. They were squeezed out. Personally I have not found anything to connect the McKeans with the Gunns, and I think it far more likely that they came from the MacDonalds of Glencoe.

      Prior to 1,000 A.D. the King of Norway held all the islands from Shetland to Dublin. King Somerled of Argyll was killed in battle against Malcolm IV, AngloNorman King of Scots, in 1164. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Dougall, whose mother was the daughter of Olaf, King of Man. Dougall, thus was senior heir in Scotland of the Gaelic-Norse royal stock, and he became senior King in old Dalriada, the Kingdom set up by the Scots, who, in fact, came from Northern Ireland (Ulster). So, that is how the MacDougalls began, the prefix 'Mac' or 'Mc' meaning 'Son of'. By 1244 Scottish records refer to Duncan MacDougall of Argyll.

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      However, Dougall had a younger brother, called Ranald. He also inherited a Kingdom, because the ancient Norse practice of dividing a patrimony amongst the sons was followed. This Ranald sired Donald, the progenitor of the great Clan Donald. The senior line of MacDougall possessed Mull, while the Chief of Clan Donald enjoyed Islay. But the MacDougalls remained loyal to the legitimate line of Balliol during the wars of independence, because, after all, they were immediately on the doorstep, while the MacDonalds supported the Bruce.

      With Bruce's victory, the MacDougalls were forfeited, and Mull passed to the MacDonalds. Iain MacDonald was titled Lord of the Isles in 1354, and he made a marriage, which brought further possessions both in the Islands and on the Mainland. His son by this heiress was Ranald. But he subsequently married a daughter of Robert II, King of Scots, and had a second son, Donald, by her whom he nominated as Lord of the Isles, while Ranald was compensated with the inheritance of Clanranald. Donald's son, Alastair of the Isles, succeeded to the Earldom of Ross, so that the Lordship comprehended all the islands of the Hebrides, as well as much of the Gaelic mainland. A sole surviving Gaelic charter attests that the ancient vernacular was a language of its administration, while the MacMhuirichs were the principal custodians of its history and literature, within the Clan MacDonald.

      As already mentioned, the Gaels actually came from Northern Ireland, and the Bardic family of MacMhuirich descend from the Irish family of Ui Daládh (O'Daly), whose descent can be traced from an 8th century King of Ireland. The O'Dalys were established in their literary role as a bardic family of the 12th century. When Mael Iosa Ua Dálaidh died in 1185, he was described in the contemporary Irish annals as Ollamh, Chief Man of Learning, of Ireland and Scotland. Of Mael losa's greatgrandsons, two are especially memorable. Donnachadh Mór was the most notable Gaelic religious poet of the Middle Ages, while his brother Muireadhach Albanach (Murach of Scotland) is the reputed progenitor of the Scottish MacMhuirichs. At least twenty poems are ascribed to Muireadhach Albanach, and one of them is addressed to the Earl of Lennox, who died in 1217. Lennox is an ancient Gaelic province, adjacent to Loch Lomond. By 1259, one Cathal (Carl) MacMhuirich signs as witness to a document by virtue of his residence in the Lennox. His name is actually spelled Kathil MacMurchy, and he is probably Muireadhach Albanach's son. Such were the origins of Scotland's longest learned dynasty. Naturally it attached itself to the Lords of the Isles when these maintained a virtually independent Gaelic principality in mediaeval Scotland. Niall MacMhuirich (c. 1637-1726) chronicled the wars of Montrose in the last body of Gaelic prose to be written in Scotland in the ancient Irish script style. He was the last fully competent poet of his family. He lived in Uist, a Catholic, and it was here that Lachlan MacMuirich was found in 1900, who claimed to be 18th in line from Muireadhach Albanach. But the long persecution of his society, and its religion and culture, had at last reduced this ancient learned dynasty to illiteracy. Its great collection of manuscripts was dispersed, many of them cut up for use as tailors strips!

      It was in the 17th century that the forms McVurich and McCurrie began to take over from MacMhuirich, and to appear in historical records. By the end of the 18th century the form Currie had become common in Islay, and by the 19th it was in use in Uist.

      However, it must be remembered that this Clan Mhuirich has nothing to do with the Macphersons of Badenoch, who were also sometimes known as the Clan Mhuirich, being descended from another Muireadhach -- who was Prior to Kingussie in 1173. He was an earlier Muireadhach than the Bard Muireadhach Albanach, who lived with the Earl of Lennox early in the 13th century.

      But you will be saying, 'What has all this to do with the McKeans?' Not much, but its interpolation will serve to answer a querying article in a back number of Creag Dhubh suggesting that some Macphersons had originated in the western isles, who appeared to be distinct from the Badenoch tribe. They are.

      After the Clan Donald had been rewarded for their support of King Robert Bruce, with the forfeited lands of the MacDougalls of Lorne, a son of Angus Og of Islay settled in Lochaber. He was known as Iain Abrach, and he died in 1338, before Iain of Islay was

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first styled Lord of the Isles in 1354. Thus was formed the cadet branch, the MacDonalds of Glencoe, and their Chiefs were called Maclain, after their progenitor. They held their lands of the Lordship, but, when this was abolished in 1493, they found themselves, instead, the feudal vassals of the Stewarts of Appin, a junior cadet branch of the Royal House of Stewart.

      The name of Campbell appears to derive from the Gaelic, Cam Beul, meaning Crooked Mouth. The Campbells are also known as the Clan Diarmid being the supposed descendants of the Ossianic hero, with whom the wife of Fingal fell in love. Fingal cunningly arranged his death. The Clan Chief is the Duke of Argyll. As with the Gordons, his exalted position represents centuries of rapaciousness, greed and successful lust for power, with constant pressure exerted on their neighbours.       The Clan was already of considerable consequence in the lands of the earliest Scottish Kingdom of Dalriada, which had evolved into Lorne and Argyll. But they really began their rise by assisting Robert the Bruce in eliminating his opponents. From this time their chiefs were named as descendants of Sir Colin of Loch Awe, in Gaelic, MacCailein Mor, Great Son of Colin. But Colin Campbell, 1st Earl of Argyll, moved his headquarters to the Burgh of Inverary, which he founded in 1474. He was created Master of the Royal Household and Lord Chancellor, and he played a leading part in destroying the rival power of the Lordship of the Isles. The 7th Earl also lowered the MacDonalds, of Islay. The 8th Earl became the 1st Marquess of Argyll (1598-1661), having led the Covenanters who defended Calvinism in Scotland against Charles I of England [and Scotland being the son of Jamie Saxt -- RM], and who tried to crush the Highland Episcopalians. Then Montrose arrived in Scotland with nothing but the King's Commission to retrieve the broken Royalist cause. The victims of the Campbells rallied behind him -- Catholics, MacLeans, and MacDonalds [and the Macphersons -- RM]. Under Montrose's brilliant leadership, they routed Calvinist and Campbell, and ravaged Argyll as far as Inverary. A thousand were killed or drowned at Inverlochy, while the Marquess fled by sea. However, Argyll brought Montrose to the gallows in the end, but his power never fully recovered. He was executed at the Restoration by Charles II, and his son, the 9th Earl was also executed for treason against James Il (VII of Scotland). Indeed stirring times! But the tables were again turned when the Catholic King James II lost his throne to Charles I's Calvinistic grandson, William of Orange [He was also son-in-law to James II/VII having married his daughter, Mary -- RM]. The 10th Earl was made a Duke and became the most powerful man in Scotland, vide Robert Louis Stevenson's novel Kidnapped. Truly is Scotland's history full of blood, thunder, murder and genocide.

[But how does all this make the McKeans Macphersons? -- RM]

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OPENING PRAYER

      O God, our heavenly Father, accept our thanks and praise for all that Thou hast done for us.

      For our homes and families and our friends, for minds to think and hearts, to love and hands to serve, we thank Thee, Lord.

      Watch over our family association, we pray.

      Keep its leaders alert to the voice of Thy spirit, that they may cling only to such things as are good from the past and that they press forward with courage and open hearts to now opportunities of fellowship in the future. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Clan Macpherson Association
United States Branch

(Adopted at Fifth Annual Meeting, July 29, 1978 at Ionia, Michigan)

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OBITUARY
Rev. Dr Donald Caskie, OBE, DD, MA, OCF
      It is with infinite sorrow that we announce the passing of one of our greatest clansmen. He was a life member of the Clan Macpherson Association.
      We first met in November 1946; the writer a young soldier on leave in Paris and the Rev. Donald Caskie the minister of the Scots Kirk at 17 rue Bayard in Paris, only ten minutes walk from the Champs-Élysées. He was to be minister there from 1935 to 1962.
      On that autumn Sunday in 1946, so soon after the war, he delivered such a happy brilliant sermon that one would never dream that there were so many travails and dangers that he had endured through the war.
      He was a jaunty, cheerful Christian Gael, (someone who has learned Gaelic as a child or later -- in his case from infancy). He was a modest hero with a touch of inner shyness -- warm-hearted, full of compassion and a selfless devotion.
      The writer recalls how interesting it was to see that day a kirk plate piled so high with banknotes, but, then, of course, it needed a great deal of paper francs to get anything in immediately post-war France. Nevertheless, were it not for the prayer for the President of France one would believe that one was back in Scotland.
      Years later, once again at a service in the rebuilt Scots Kirk at 17 rue Bayard, one could not forget the small cheery Highland minister who had officiated there, so many years before . . .
      We were always so happy to meet him at Argyll Ceilidhs held in the Girl Guide Hall in Melville Street, Edinburgh, and it was with happy eyes showing the recall of a thousand memories and with joy in his voice that he greeted the news that we had returned to worship recently in the Scots Kirk in Paris in which he had served so ably for so many years.
      It was not strange that he should have been a loyal regular attender at the Argyll ceilidhs as he was a native of Bowmore, Islay, where his mortal remains lie after this transient life.
      In his direst dangers he was glad of his mastery of Gaelic to keep his most vital secrets safe from spying eyes. As he says in his book, The Tartan Pimpernel first published in 1957 by the Oldbourne Book Co. Ltd., London, with characteristic modesty, such use of Gaelic improved his Gaelic prose writing.
      He had then the same boyish smile, the same Highland blas or accent and the same honest happy warm-hearted manner in his Paris days till the days that he was no longer found at the Argyll ceilidhs and the Clan Macpherson functions in the Capital recently.
      The Pharoah Cheops's memorial is the great pyramid, Duncan Ban Macintyre's is Ben Doran and the Rev. Donald Caskie's is in his quite thrilling book which tells of his flight from Paris with the fall of France in 1940 and his opening a seamen's mission in Marseilles which became a prime centre for helping Allied servicemen on the run to escape over the border into Spain, that is until a traitor called Cole betrayed them to the Nazis and the Vichy authorities were forced to move Rev. Donald Caskie to Grenoble where he got a position as a lecturer in literature in Grenoble University. This did not stop him from springing Allied prisoners of war from Vichy controlled prisons, usually entering freely like a Father Christmas in that he had a sack on his back full of gifts to give away, ranging from bibles and hymn books, cigarettes and sweets, to escape gear and maps! He also ministered to the Allied civilians stranded in Grenoble and it was saving this community from possible death in Nazi concentration camps that brought him to the attention of the Italian authorities who came to get some control of that part of France. This lead to his arrest and imprisonment.
      In Rev. Donald Caskie's experience the Vichy French authorities came off best, by far. They were in an impossible position being under increasing Nazi pressure to which they responded in a wholly legalistic unenthusiastic manner. Without their serniconnivance he could never have got over two thousand servicemen out of France. The treatment he received from the Italians was the vilest. He found the Germans a most curious mixture, some so good as saints like Pastor Hans Helmut Peters who saved his

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life or the two German Generals who purposely held over his execution till they themselves were cruelly butchered by the Nazis on Hitler's orders. Even the cruellest most vicious murdering Nazis had a curious ambivalent streak like the sleek Nazi torturer, the Gestapo officer who sang 'My heart's in the Highlands' to Caskie or the Nazi murderer who listened to the plea of an innocent mother for her child and reprieved them both.
      It is a tale more like that of the ancient Gaelic, Greek or Roman heroes, told without the ability of a smooth skilled novelist or biographer and, perhaps because of this, Donald Caskie comes through with the thunderous clarity of a hero in ancient times.
      Modestly he would not accept a hero's triumph on his return to Scotland, nor address the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, nor any public meeting. We are even told that much of what happened to him is omitted by him from his book.
      He will be remembered for ever in our hearts and his book will inspire generation to come. We hope that there will always be copies in the Clan House Museum.

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CLAN MACPHERSON TRUST

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      Mrs Sheila Macpherson, Dunmore, Newtonmore, wishes the proceeds of the sale of Dirk, which belonged to her late husband, Captain J. Harvey Macpherson, to go as a donation to the Museum Extension Fund, so the sum of £150.00 will be transferred to that Fund in 1984. Our Term Deposit of £l,200 for 5 years, matured on 12th December, 1983. Over the period, this produced £720.00 in interest. My sincere thanks to Eoin and Phosa for their help during the past year. May they have a happy retirement! Now let me say that I hope to see you at the opening of our new Museum Extensions at our 38th Annual Rally in August.

      Beannachd leibh agus sonas!BR>

Hugh Macpherson, Chairman

17 West Maitland Street, Haymarket
Edinburgh EH12 6BZ
Telephone 031-337 7324

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      On 12th July, 1933, Allan MacPherson married Frances Horton at Hedgehope, Southland.
      On 12th July, 1983, the couple, their five children, 15 grand-children, their flower girls of 50 years ago, family and friends joined to celebrate the occasion of the golden wedding anniversary.
      Over the years the MacPhersons have been active in farming, school, church, sporting and Scottish affairs, and the large attendance at their new home bore testimony to the high esteem in which the couple are held.
      Allan's father left Morar when two years, of age to come with his family to New Zealand. Allan's fife has been spent in farming in the Springhills region of Southland where his two sons still farm. After a trip which included visiting Scotland, Allan and Frances settled into city fife where they are staunch supporters of all things Scottish. A Member of the Combined Clans Council, Allan represents Clan Macpherson at the meetings, and as well as being our local 'Chief, promotes ceilidhs, etc., in the city.
Quite often we have been entertained by grand-daughters (Campbell MacPherson's daughters) dancing at our social evenings, where Allan still cuts a figure in his kilt.
      Fellow clansfolk wish them health and happiness for the future.

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CLAN MACPHERSON ASSOCIATION
USA BRANCH
      The 1983 Branch Rally at Lake Placid was an outstanding success. It was well organised, there was a turnout of new faces and the scenery of the area is superb.

SPECIAL RALLY IN 1985
      The U.S. Branch of the Clan Macpherson Association invites our Canadian neighbours and all other Macphersons everywhere to a special Clan Macpherson Rally to be held in Dearborn, Michigan, across the river from Windsor, Ontario, on 13th, 14th and 15th September, 1985.
      Rally activities will take place at the Dearborn Inn and at nearby Greenfield Village, a world class historical attraction assembled by Henry Ford.
      One hundred rooms have been reserved for the above dates at the Dearborn Inn. If we need more, the Hyatt Regency is nearby with 1,100 rooms.
      For more information, reservation forms, etc. contact Monroe MacPherson, U.S. Branch Chairman, 1766 Herrity Lane, Forest Glen, Ionia, Michigan 48846, USA.
      This location is an easy drive for many Canadians and the Detroit Metro Airport with direct flights from London is only minutes away.
      It is expected that Cluny and Lady Cluny will be present at this Rally.

REPORTS FROM THE BRANCHES
UNITED STATES BRANCH
1983 RALLY
Chairman      Monroe Macpherson
                         1766 Herrity Lane, Forest Glen,
                         Ionia, Michigan 48846
Secretary      Herbert Armitt
                         142 Riverside Drive, The Spruces,
                         Williamstown, Mass. 01267
Treasurer      Donald F. Macpherson
                         98 West Beach Drive,
                         Hilton, New York 14468

      We were up against it; we had accepted the hosting of the 1983 Rally, but hadn't expected that our offer to host a Rally would be snapped at so quickly. The call from Dunedin, Florida put us in motion as we had to get bids on lodging, and put the Rally together before we could write it up for publication in the URLAR and HIGHLANDER. As it was, we made only one edition of each with no follow-up.
      Reservations were slow in coming, even from some of our most dedicated clansmen. In the midst of our depression of wondering how we could put together a Rally on the money that wasn't coming in, even hiring a piper, assuming we could get a confirmation from one; we were greatly heartened by James Macphearson of Dallas who wrote of his own travails in the 1983 CREAG DHUBH. In telephone conversation with him, he assured us that even if there wasn't much of a showing of clansmen, 'We'd have one hell of a party.' Finally the reservations started to pour in sparked by latent desire and some prodding by Monroe in Michigan and Donald in Hilton, N.Y.
      The time for the Rally was upon us, the last minute preparations fell into place and all was set, except for the promised height of autumnal colour. Warm weather delayed the brilliant display until a week and a half after the Rally.
      Lake Placid lies in the north eastern part of New York's Adirondack Park. It is adjacent to the lake of the same name and surrounds Mirror Lake. This resort village, scene of the 1983 Rally, lies about 1,800 feet above sea level and is ringed about by the mountains of three wilderness areas -- peaks varying from three to just over five

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thousand feet. Despite the area's natural beauty, the village's main claim to fame is that it hosted both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
      Friday started properly 'Scottish' with most of the neighbouring peaks concealed by grey scudding clouds. After the transfer of food, drink and props from our home in Keene to the Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, registration was set up in the lobby and then adjacent to Monroe's room. Here Monroe and Phyllis hosted a pre-cocktail cocktail party. The scheduled cocktail hour lasted until 11.30 p.m. with open bar and limitless hors d'oeuvres. Supper wasn't offered, but this filled the purpose for many with plenty to spare.
      Saturday dawned a better day, a little chilly, but particularly sunny. While the Executive Committee met, guided tours set out for a motor launch ride of Lake Placid's waters and for the abolitionist John Brown's homestead and grave. Those not taking advantage of the tours shopped along Main Street, relaxed in their rooms talking with friends, or enjoyed the indoor pool at the lodge. Most of the rooms opened to the indoor court/pool area and gazebo. After lunch, there was a ride to the ninety and seventy metre ski jumps which were built for the 1980 Olympics. An elevator with a glass side whisked the clansfolk to the top of the 90 metre jump with ever increasing views of the surrounding countryside. At the top, all enjoyed the panoramic views of the countryside and imposing peaks, Lake Placid and the breathtaking view that the ski jumpers have of their route down. We chose to take the elevator. Our experience there was heightened by the fact that two ski jumpers were using the adjacent seventy metre tower. There was no snow; a plastic astro-turf type of landing surface was used.
      After the tour, the general business meeting was held with the slate of officers presented and subsequent voting. Elected were: Monroe MacPherson, Chairman; Dr Roderick Clarke, Vice-Chairman; Donald F. McPherson, Treasurer; Herbert Armitt, Secretary; James F. Macphearson, Membership Secretary and Robert B. MacPherson, Chairman Emeritus. Members of the Council and Area Chairmen are: Dr Robert Gillespie, David Carson, Daniel Gentry, Anna Wiley, Edward MacPherson, Duncan MacPherson, William McPherson, Herbert McPherson and Peter Fish.
We were pleased to have J. Donald MacPherson of Oakville, Ontario join our ranks as an Honorary Member. He and his lovely wife, Betty, came down to give our Rally international flair.

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     The meeting was followed by a cocktail hour at the gazebo and rock garden end of the indoor pool. The cocktail hour was brought to an end only by repeated and insistent reports that the dinner was ready. Once assembled in the dining room, all were welcomed. A benediction by the Rev. William Hayes was followed by a toast to our Chief. A note of greeting and regrets at not being present from Cluny was read by Peter Fish.
      Pipe Major Thomas Kirkpatrick of the Vermont St. Andrews Pipe Band piped in the haggis and libations. Not wishing to wound the haggis and have it run amuck in the room -- bleeding and whimpering -- we found Rod Clarke a hunting knife with a six inch blade for the telling stroke. This knife he waved through the air meaningfully during his stirring 'Address to the Haggis'.
      Once the haggis was dispatched, the Clan leaders, their spouses, and this year's conveners were introduced and we got into what dinners are really about. With the food tucked away and our chairs pushed back, the raffle was held and ably handled by Lois McPherson, Donald F's vivacious wife. Both of them were very proud of having their son Douglas, his wife and children at the Rally. The raffle was followed by an auction of a book donated by Florence Coonrod, surplus Scots whisky and wine in which Monroe, our auctioneer, wrested generous bids from our clansmen.
      The ceilidh followed with Tom Kirkpatrick's daughters, Kathleen and Kristen, alternately entertaining us with Highland and Aboyne dancing to their father's piping. Monroe then showed his excellent slide/tape presentation on Clan MacPherson. Kim Holder sang a Gaelic lullaby and then we had a general song feast. The evening drew to a close with a final dram in Monroe's suite.
      A braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht wi' a touch of frost was followed by a cloudless Sunday with the sunlight bouncing off Mirror Lake in front of St. Eustace Episcopal Church. It is a small intimate church built of ancient white cedar and stone. It is set among pine trees in the heart of the village. Here the clan and parishioners gathered for the Kirkin' o' the Tartan. Lessons were read by Monroe and Dr Rod Clarke. Flag bearers were: Rod Clarke, Bob MacPherson, Herb Armitt, Herb McPherson, J. Donald MacPherson, Don McPherson, James Macphearson, Bob Gillespie, Al Canning and Peter Fish. At the end of the service, the procession followed the piper out to the strains of:

For we're no awa' to bide awa'
We're no awa' to leave you.
We're no awa' to bide awa'
We'll [aye] come back [tae] see ye.

      We all said our farewells to our friends, old and new, at the coffee hour in the Church Hall after the service. The bubble of Brigadoon had burst and we all wound our ways back to the real world. Carolyn, the real convener and worker of the Rally, numbly asked, 'Is it over already? I was just getting ready to party.' She then added, with conviction, 'I want to do it again!' For myself, I still hear the strains of 'For we're no awa- and hope that it is so.
      If the Rally was a success, and we have gotten many notes of thanks saying that it was, it was because of more than our own efforts. Its the close Clan spirit that doesn't diminish with time away from Scotland or the dilution of blood. It is because of strong family feeling and loyalties. We would particularly thank the Armitts for letting us lean on their Williamstown Rally experience and all of their advice. Thanks also to James Macphearson for his encouragement when we were feeling down. A great deal of appreciation to Monroe and Donald F. for their personal push and mailings to stimulate registrations. Thankyous to those who contributed raffle items and to Lois for running the raffle. The list of thanks goes on and on; there isn't room to include everyone. But that's it -- everyone should be thanked for coming. There can be no Rally without our clansfolk. Consequently all who came were responsible for the success of our 1983 Rally.
Respectfully submitted,

Peter Fish, Co-convener


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SOUTHLAND REPORT
Chairman       Mrs Isabel S. Lamond
                          164 Lewis Street, Invercargill
Secretary       Athole H. Macpherson
                         164 Lewis Street, Invercargill

      The 36th Annual Meeting was held in the home of Mrs Jean Cox. Our membership is 44.
      On 13th August, 1983, the Combined Clans Council Dinner was held in the Kelvin Hotel, Invercargill with a good attendance. Clan Turnbull was welcomed as a newlyformed Association. Rev. James Hatch, an American exchange minister, gave the address, and though he can claim Scottish forbears, he had some fresh experience during the evening. A good mixed vocal and instrumental programme was enjoyed. Our octogenarian clergyman, Mr T. M. McDonald, said the Grace.
      At present endeavours are being made to promote an Annual Gathering of the Clans in Invercargill at which those of Scots descent can take part in Highland Games which would, no doubt, be followed by an evening of typical entertainment. Our support will be readily given as we have of recent years not had a picnic and this event would be a grand opportunity for folk of all ages to meet and share common heritage.
      Clan Mackenzie again won the Inter-CIans bowls contest with Clan Macpherson being runners-up. Clan Turnbull have a veteran runner of renown so maybe they will produce some strong competition at the bowls in future.
      On 29th October we will have a social evening in the Bums Room, Scottish Hall with items. This informal gathering will be attended by representatives of Clan Turnbull.
      It is with regret that we report the death of Mary, wife of Duncan MacPherson. Clan Members attended the service in St. Paul's Presbyterian Church, Invercargill.
      All our clansfolk, extend warmest greetings to our kin overseas.

WESTERN AUSTRALIA BRANCH
Chairman                 Frank Smith
Vice-Chairwoman   Dawn Cromb
Hon. Sec./Treas.     Margaret McPherson
                                   'Glenfalloch', 108 Croydon Road, Roleystone,
                                   Western Australia. 6111

      The Clan in W.A. continued to be active during 1983, with several gatherings of our own, in addition to taking part in several events run by other Scots groups.
      For our Annual General Meeting, we again took over a little French restaurant for a very successful dinner attended by 30 Members. In line with our local rule, Douglas McPherson stepped down from the chair after having served his second term and last year's Vice-Chairman, Frank Smith, was elected unanimously. Doug proposed his nomination, claiming it was fitting that he should be accorded the honour as a descendent oldest Clan family in W.A., a family which made up a substantial proportion of the local membership.
      The meeting made history by electing our first lady Vice-Chair. Dawn Macpherson (who during the year became the wife of another Scot, Hugh Cromb) is a popular and long-serving Member of the Committee and a prominent figure in several W.A. Scots groups. She is President of the Royal Scottish Country Dancing Association.
      An incident that touched our hearts was linked with the victory of the Perth yacht, Australia II, in the America's Cup. Soon after the event, much to his surprise and the delight of other Members, Frank received a congratulatory letter from an American Clansman, Donald Macpherson Grandfield, of Paradise, California. This friendly gesture serves to emphasise the ties that bind folk of Highland descent, no matter where they live. The letter is preserved as part of the W.A. branch memorabilia.

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN BRANCH
Vice-Chairman      Hugh Fraser MacPherson
Secretary                Kenneth Duncan MacPherson
                                  7 Kalunga Avenue, Ingle Farm, South Australia. 5098

      Our Green Banner was carried in the Scottish Associations' March to Robert Burns statue in January.
      Our Branch Gatherings have been few this year.
      We did not attend The Mount Barker Highland Games as so much of the local area was destroyed by bushfires that week.
      We held a dinner on 6.8.83 at Fernilee Lodge, once one of South Australia's finest homes. This was a departure from the usual ceilidh held in past years and proved very successful.
      Since that date we had a picnic/barbecue at the South Australian Pipe Band Championships which was well attended on a perfect day.
      In June of this year our Branch Chairman Wallace MacPherson represented us all at the funeral of our oldest Member, Vera McPherson. We didn't realise then how near Wallace's own time was. Wallace (who was also Australian Vice-Chairman) passed away in hospital at Adelaide on 28th August, 1983. The Clan was well represented among the 400 mourners who attended the funeral of this notable South Australian.

ENGLAND AND WALES BRANCH
Chairman                Ewen S. L. MacPherson
Vice-Chairman      M. Alistair F. Macpherson of Pitmain
Treasurer               George C. J. Macpherson
Hon. Secretary       Dorothy G. A. Pearson
                                  366 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR3 3BF

      Our year began with the Annual General Meeting held at the Royal Scottish Corporation on 10th May, where Ewen MacPherson was unanimously elected Chairman. The meeting was followed by a buffet and a showing of the film 'Yehudi Menuhin at Blair Castle' (portraying Yehudi Menuhin with the Scottish Fiddlers).
      The Festival of Scotland Highland Games took place on the following Saturday where we again shared a tent with the MacLeods at the Hook Road Arena in Ewell, and were pleased to see Clan Members, friends and where we recruited new Members to the Clan.
      Our Annual Dinner & Dance was held on 11th November at the Kensington Close Hotel. The Guest of Honour was Mr Norris D. McWhirter, whilst Col. R. T. S. Macpherson, High Sheriff of Greater London replied to the toast of the Association. We also had two special guests, Mr Stan Watts and his wife. Mr Watts' band has been playing for us on the past 21 occasions. Robert Pearson was on hand to pipe in the Haggis.
      We would like to take this opportunity of sending good wishes to all our fellow branches throughout the world.

EAST OF SCOTLAND BRANCH
Chairman              Mrs Catherine Macpherson
Hon. Secretary     Dr Margaret A. Calder, MD
                                 43 Braid Road, Edinburgh EH10 6AW
Hon. Treasurer    J. R. Currey

      The last year has been a quiet one, with no official Clan activities being held in this part of the world.
      We hope however, when our splendid enlarged new Museum in Newtonmore is opened and operating, to take as many of our Members as possible, both from home and overseas, to pay a visit and examine the exhibits displayed.
      We conclude by extending a warm welcome to any visiting clansmen who may be in this part of the world, come and see us, we want to see you!

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DOMINION OF CANADA BRANCH REPORT
Chairman                          Mr Wallace C. MacPherson
                                            49 Clayton Park Drive, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, B3M 1L7
Secretary/Treasurer      Mr Donald J. MacPherson
                                             205 Kensington Avenue, South, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8M 3H6

      Our 34th Annual General Meeting and Gathering of the Dominion of Canada Branch of the Association was held on the 29th, 30th and 31st of July, 1983, at the beautiful Citadel Inn, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
      We as usual had a good turn out for this event and many new faces were seen and made welcome.
      During the weekend people were seen arriving by plane, by car, by train, on foot, and on one occasion even arriving by horsedrawn carriage. Truly it was a glorious sight. The weather was certainly suited to us and everyone enjoyed it to the fullest extent.
      Friday evening, while registrations were taking place a cash bar was in operation and while the elbow was being bent, hellos and how are yous were heard around the room. This was followed by a treat of Scottish entertainment.
      After the general meeting on Saturday morning, Members hurried to their lunches in order to take in the arranged boat tour of Halifax Harbour and The North West Arm. Again the weather co-operated with us and many people took advantage of the open top deck, for the entire voyage.
      Saturday evening again saw registrations taking place with the happy hour in operation. During this time a slide and tape presentation was shown of the MacPherson areas in Scotland and of the Museum which we are raising money to have an extension put on for the many artifacts which we have.
      Atlantic salmon was our menu which graced our Saturday evening banquet and after the traditional haggis piping and addresses were done, the dinner proceeded.

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      The head table had some distinguished persons as well as the regular executives which were, Mr Archibald the chairman of the International Gathering of the Clans and Rev. Stirling who represented the Nova Scotia Government. Each of these made their talks and the evening progressed. The evening closed with a short ceilidh.
      Sunday saw the clansmen gather at the St. Matthew's United Church for the morning service. This congregation was established in 1749. The minister for this day was Rev. G. A. Allan Beverage. The lesson was read by the new Chairman, Mr Wallace MacPherson. The minister spoke on 'The Enchanted Isles'. The hostesses for the afternoon tea were Mrs Marion Beveridge and Mrs Nesta MacAskill. This was most appreciated by all those present. A group picture was taken outside the church for posterity and possibly for this issue of Creag Dhubh
      Sunday afternoon came around and everyone had to take their leaves back to their regular lives.
      A special highlight of this entire weekend was the presence of Mr Donald Keith MacPherson, who came all the way from New Zealand to be with us for this occasion. Haste ye back 'Kiwi', to another one.
      The Dominion of Canada Branch sends greetings and best wishes to all our fellow clansmen the world over.

Respectfully submitted,

Donald J. MacPherson, Sec./Treas.


[Dr John MacPherson , Professed Knight of the Knights of Malta]
      Dr John A. MacPherson of Antigonish, Nova Scotia became a Professed Knight in the Sovereign and Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, popularly known as the Knights of Malta, during a solemn liturgy in St. Ninian's Cathedral in Antigonish on 6th October, 1982. Bishop William E. Power of Antigonish presided and the Reverend Roland Soucie, Chaplain of the Order, accepted the traditional monastic commitment of obedience and conversion of morals on behalf of the Grand Master, His Most Emminent Highness Fra' Angelo de Mojana.
     The liturgy most appropriately took place on the vigil of the feast of the Holy Rosary, an event instituted in thanksgiving for the Knights of Malta's victory at the battle of Lepanto in 1571. The day also marked the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Knights of Malta to Canada and Nova Scotia. For Dr MacPherson, personally, it was also fitting that such an event should take place in the majestic Antigonish Cathedral because for seven generations his family have worshipped in the cathedral parish.
     Music for the occasion was provided by the cathedral choir under the direction of organist and choirmaster, James MacPherson. Although not apparently related, it is interesting to observe that both their families came to Antigonish in 1783 and were among the first settlers of the area. Pipes and drums were played by Douglas and Iain Boyd whose grandfather was also a Macpherson.
     Dr MacPherson was first received into the Knights of Malta in 1973. In 1976 he was created a Knight of Grace and Devotion and became a Member of the Order's Canadian Executive Council. During his tenure as hospitaller of the Canadian Association of the Order, he directed its activities principally into the area of gerontology and palliative care for which it is well known. In May of 1983 he was elected Vice-President of the Canadian Branch of the Order.
      The Sovereign and Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem was founded nearly one thousand years ago for the care and protection of pilgrims to the Holy Lands. Today its headquarters are extra-territorial and located within the city of Rome. Currently it has about ten thousand Members in more than fifty countries and its range of charitable and relief activities is world-wide.

[Speculation leads me to observe that the ancestors of Dr John and Organist James were likely to have been Empire Loyalists who left the newly independant states of North America after the Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783].

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SOUTH AFRICAN BRANCH
Chairman       Allan D. MacPherson
Secretary        Avril MacPherson
Members of    Huntley MacPherson, James Gow, Ian Macpherson
Committee      Tom Gow, Ian McPherson

      The third Annual General Meeting of our Branch was held on Saturday, 24th September and consisted of a get together for a dram or two combined with the formal meeting. After 4 or 5 years trying to get the Branch established and 3 years as FounderChairman, Stuart (who has not been in the best of health lately, 2 operations this year) felt that it was time for him to call it a day, and despite all our entreaties retired from the chair. It's good to know, however, that he will still be there with friendly advice and encouragement.
      Allan D. MacPherson was elected as the new Chairman and he pledged that he would do his best to carry on the good work started by Stuart.
      In welcoming the guests Allan asked all present to remember Stuart not only for his enthusiasm, hard work and ability, but above all for his perseverance. For Stuart had tried on 4 or 5 occasions to form a South African Branch, but with no response whatsoever. But like Robert the Bruce and the spider he tried yet again and this time he met with the success he deserved. Within one year of the foundation of the Branch we had signed on over 100 Members. Truly a fine effort, Stuart.
     On behalf of the Branch, Allan then presented Stuart with a beautifully engraved plaque mounted on a wooden background. In his presentation speech Allan said 'I believe Stuart stands out as a fine example of a that a clansman should be. He is one of those rare people who wants to help his fellow man and wishes to serve the community in which he lives. In addition to being a highly successful businessman Stuart was a Member of that fine organisation which has done so much for youngsters all round the world, the Boy Scouts Association. He served them loyally and diligently for 40 (yes 40) long years, rising through the ranks from the most junior cub to become District Commissioner for South Africa. Then came Stuarts greatest desire, to form a South African Branch of our Clan Association. I believe that deep inside him lies the spirit of the old Highland Clans and a great desire to bring together those who belong together in the Clann Mhuirich. Even

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when abroad his enthusiasm pays dividends and here I refer you to James Macphearson of Dallas, who joined the Clan after that chance meeting with Stuart in New York. (See James' story "Full Circle" in Creag Dhubh 1983) Stuart was also the first recipient of a MacPherson Grant of Arms made by an Heraldic authority outside of the United Kingdom, and this is unique. (See "Clan Armorial" by R. G. M. Macpherson in Creag Dhubh 1983.)
      Stuart it is a great honour and my great pleasure to present this gift to you as a token of our esteem and of our admiration and affection for you, always remember Stuart that although you are no longer our Chairman you still are, and always will be OUR FOUNDER".
      One of Allan's Golf Days was held in November and after 18 holes of magnificent golf -- or should I say of quite incredible golf -- we all settled down to a 'Braaivleis' (Bar B Q to you folks) and several LION BEERS (South Africa is Lions country, as our adverts say). After that we naturally eat our 'Cream Buns' on the banks of the Limpopo. (Archy, our editor will explain this strange African custom).
      The winner of the golf competition was once again, Thomas Allan MacPherson. This is his 4th win in a row and we feel that we should either present him with a special trophy or examine and then reduce his handicap drastically. Either way he faces stiffer competition in 1984, with James Gow the brilliant golfer from Blair Atholl who hands out malt whisky before each round and Tom Gow who plays the fiddle before he sets out, to bum up the course. We are all very happy to have two Gows on the committee as this is almost like having two irons in the fire (Gobha).
      Also held in November, fortunately not the day before the golf, was a dinner, song and dance evening at the Scots Kitchen, a Randburg restaurant with a distinctly Scottish flavour, with tartan table cloths, crests and shields on the walls, and the waitresses dressed in kilts. The haggis was the best we have tasted since Newtonmore.
      Our committee intends to plan for a very active 1984 with two major objectives. 1 -- An intensive drive to recruit new Members (Target 150 as a new total) and 2 -- Fund raising for the Museum Fund. Allan has already stated fund raising for the Museum Appeal and has raised £90.00 from his golf days. The profits from all future golf days will be earmarked for the Museum. (Target £200.00).
      We send our best wishes and kind greetings to all our Kinsfolk alI round the world.

SELF-HELP IN THE OLD COUNTRY
     In the last issue of Creag Dhubh some information was given about Newtonmore, Dalwhinnie and Laggan Project. This is a three-year scheme of the Highlands and Islands Development Board in partnership with the Scottish Tourist Board. The reason for it was mainly the disadvantage suffered particularly by Dalwhinnie and Newtonmore in being by-passed by the main road through the Highlands. Instead of going right through the villages, as it had for many generations, that is now some distance away. This has brought the boon of a more peaceful environment but, inevitably, business suffered as a consequence. The Project effort is really a 'pumppriming' exercise to help the local population to help itself. A committee, representing a wide cross-section of interests has coordinated the work along with a Working Group of the outside agencies like the Highlands and Islands Development Board, the Scottish Tourist Board, the Highland Regional Council, Badenoch and Strathspey District Council, the Countryside Commission for Scotland and a number of others. The basic aim has been to try to improve the quality of the 'product' and to market it better.
      The area of the Project encompasses much of the old Macpherson territory. It was obvious that the clan interest would be seen as a major asset and the Chairman and other Council Members of the Clan Macpherson Museum have been involved in friendly discussion. The HIDB has assisted happily to the extension of the Clan Museum. Hugh Cheape, of the National Museum of Antiquities and the Museums and

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Galleries Association, in the course of his review of the operation of the Museum has related this to the wider intentions. Particularly relevant have been the themes identified by Don Aldridge of the Countryside Commission, himself an international authority, in respect of the surrounding countryside and, especially, the clan system.
      Although not a part of the Project plans, the Brigadoon Village proposal at Glentruim has been seen as of interlocking importance. The developments in progress at Dalchully, a place with very close clan associations, are also recognised as of high complementary benefit.
      The central area of the Main Street in Newtonmore has had a 'face-lift' and there has been extensive tree planting, including the immediate area of the Eilan, so wellknown to clanspeople attending Newtonmore Highland Games.
      Newtonmore Golf Clubhouse has been extensively refurbished to make that friendly place even more attractive. A sum of £ 100,000 is to be spent over the next three years in a Corporate Interpretive Scheme prepared initially by the Landscape Architecture Department of Edinburgh University. The achievement of new downhill ski facilities at Drumochter, once so significant a part of the Macpherson country, has come nearer with the dynamic work of the local Development Group.
      A programme of seminars has been carried through by the Hotel and Catering Industry Training Board aimed at enhancing the capabilities of the hotels. Some extension of accommodation has also taken place.
      A new summer festival period was instituted last year, extending from late July into the third week of August including, of course, the Rally weekend. It was a considerable success and fortunately with fine weather. More than fifty events were carried through, ranging from simple country dance tutorials to an epic, day-long odyssey covering thirty of the Speyside distilleries. Also included was a splendid expedition to the site of Cluny of the 45's 'Cage' on Ben Alder, with the bonus of a golden eagle soaring on the thermals overhead.
      All sorts of local bodies are involved in the Festival and other aspects of the Project. The interest of anyone, anywhere, and especially overseas, through the Macpherson connection, could be extremely helpful, even after this period of special effort is finished. The contact of individuals who think they can help practically will be welcomed by the Coordinating Secretary, Jack Richmond, Badenoch Hotel, Newtonmore.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

1759 Honeysuckle Lane
Paradise, California 95969

Dear Archy,
      Congratulations on being conferred to the rank of 'Knight Commander of the Temple'.
      This note is a bit late but I did want to say congratulations.
      I enjoy the Creag Dhubh and appreciate all the time and work you as editor put in. Keep up the good work.
Yours Aye,

Donald S. Macpherson Grandfield

 

 

2952 Connaught Avenue
Halifax, N.S.
Canada B3L 3A4

Dear Sir,
      In the course of compiling my family history, I discovered that the address of my great-great-grandfather, Robert McPherson, at the time of his marriage to Ann McKay in 1827, was Breckachy, Parish of Kildonan, in the County of Sutherland. Attempts to obtain information about Robert's parents or his background have so far proved fruitless. There is no sign of a Robert among the fairly large number of Macpherson births recorded in the Kildonan Parish Registers for 1792-1820, and listed for me by

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