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Masthead No. 4      1952



We join with Clansmen everywhere
in expressing our loyalty and devotion to
our new Queen Elizabeth





All contributions, advertisements, etc.,
should be sent to:
Colin C. I. Murdoch,
Editor, " Creag Dhubh,"
c/o J. & R. Simpson, 52 Kempock Street, Gourock.
Contributors and Advertisers -- See Notices on P. 52.



Office-Bearers    4
Editorial    5
Festival Year Gathering.,    6
Obituary    9
Photograph of Ewen George Macpherson, Chief of the Clan.   11
Photograph of Clan House and Map of Newtonmore.   12
Badenoch (Poem)   15
News and Notes   16
A Woman¹s Point of View.   18
Boy¹s Adventure With a Bull.   19
Songs of Craig and Ben   20
Some Notes on Macpherson Tartans   24
The Arms of Cluny Macpherson   26
Clan Macpherson House Appeal   28
List of Subscribers to Clan Macpherson House Supplement
Reports from the Branches.   29
Balance Sheet   34
Programme for 1952 Rally   37
List of Members, UK Branches   38
Drawing: Fighting the Weather -- (humorous)
Photograph of Clan Macpherson Colour Party and
Lord and Lady Macpherson of Drumochter at Special Meeting of Inverness Branch
List of Members, UK Branches   51
Membership Summary as of 30 September 1950   51
Summary of Membership as of 31st December 1951   55
Notices   56



Hon. President:

Chief of the Clan. Hon. Vice-President:
Lt.-Col. A. K. MACPHERSON of Pitmain. M.V.O., Kingussie

Major NIALL MACPHERSON, M.P., High Larch, Iver Heath, Bucks.



Chairman :
Rt. Hon. Lord MACPHERSON of Drumochter,
Fairstead, Great Warley, Essex.

Vice-Chairman :
Lt-Col. Allan I. MACPHERSON, Innie, Kilniver, Oban, Argyll.

Hon. Secretary:
A. F. MACPHERSON, W.S., 16 Castle Street, Edinburgh,

Hon. Treasurer :
ALLAN G. MACPHERSON, Tigh-Tiorail, 32 Crown Drive, Inverness

Registrar :
NORMAN L. MACPHERSON, 44 Berridale Avenue, Cathcart, Glasgow, S.4.




DONALD MACPHERSON57 Dulnain Road, Inverness
EAST OF SCOTLAND- A.I.S. MACPHERSON, M.B., F.R.C.S.26 Learmonth Crescent, Edinburgh, 4.

HUGH MACPHERSON73 Balgreen Road, Edinburgh, 12.

WEST OF SCOTLAND- DONALD MACPHERSON, 20 Ancaster Drive, Glasgow, W.2.

HAMISH MACPHERSON,1356 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, S.1,
JOHN MACPHERSON,St. Margarets, Midmills Road.

ALLAN G. MACPHERSON, Tigh-Tiorail, 32 Crown Drive.
Bideford, Devon.

J. GORDON MACPHERSON,Normans, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex.
CANADA- Hon. EWEN A. McPHERSON, Chief Justice of Manitoba

O.B.E., F.R.S.A., F.R.G.S.,
16 Delaware Avenue, Ottawa.
NEW ZEALAND- ROBERT McPHERSON, C.B.E. P.O. Box 1280, Christchurch.

DANIEL MACPHERSONSec. 7, Otahuti R.D., Southland.

Clan Pipers :

Hon. Auditor .
KENNETH N. McPHERSON, C.A., Edinburgh.

Editor of Clan Annual:
c/o J & R Simpson
52 Kempock Street, Gourock



      CREAG DHUBH No. 3 was evidently well received by members as nothing in the way of criticism came our way! We very much doubt if the editorial department will be let off so lightly this time, when impatient readers find their Magazine appearing so late! Unfortunate delays and hold-ups, inevitable up to a point, seem this year to have been dogging each stage of production. We can only apologise to all our readers and await with some trepidation the arrival of the editorial post.

      However, the editorial office feels in a strong position, and a happier location it could hardly have been our good fortune to find (we are proud of our new address) with the editorial window looking out over the Spey to the whole fine array of hills of Badenoch, from the great wall of the Cairngorms above Glen Feshie to the east, westward to the mountains of Laggan, and Creag Dhubh itself rising grandly behind Newtonmore.

      All readers will be glad to know the good news that the Association has now its own Clan House, strategically placed in Newtonmore at the junction of the roads to Perth, Laggan and Inverness, and with none other than Norman Macpherson, the Registrar of the Association, living there in charge. The official opening of the Clan House and Museum is to take place at the Rally in August, details of which will be found on Page 37. Already, Norman has had visitors from far and near; and we know that a good Highland welcome awaits all comers at the Clan House.

      Finally, in thanking contributors to this number of our Magazine for their excellent support, we must say in the same breath that little is left on hand for the next number! All members are urged to send along anything they think might be of interest in the way of news and articles, or illustrations, as soon as they can. Overseas members in particular-we want to hear from you! Being housed now in Badenoch, we also hope to be able in future years to give some account of the day-to-day happenings in the country of the Clan.
                                                                                                                THE EDITOR.


Festival Year Gathering.

      LOOKING back on the events in August 1951 one feels that something of a giant experiment was successful and that in a unique way the Highland method of doing things, and a whiff of the Highland hill air was brought to the Scottish Capital. The "grey metropolis of the North" can seldom have been more colourful than that weekend when the events of the Festival of Britain in the City combined with the opening of the Edinburgh Festival of Music and Drama and the Gathering of the Clans. And seldom if ever has any single event brought such vast crowds to its streets as the Pipers' March.

      The great part played in the organising of the whole proceedings by our Chairman, Lord Macpherson, is well known. He was undoubtedly a major moving force behind the event which to us Macphersons was pleasantly reminiscent in its pattern and plan of a Macpherson Rally, but on a huge scale! Throughout, it bore the stamp of the happy gatherings we remember now as landmarks in each year's diary, since the first at Newtonmore in 1947.

      Readers will have read long since of the many and varied events of Festival of Britain year, each village and town staging its own distinctive programme. Not least, were the events, earlier in the summer, in Inverness, the Highland Capital, which attracted many visitors to witness and share in functions of a Highland nature in that City, which did her reputation and the native Highland genius for friendly hospitality, full justice. Perhaps most memorable was the Pageant staged on the Ness Islands, a setting amid trees and water of unique fascination.

      The Edinburgh programme began on Thursday, August 16th, when a concert, the ceilidh in its modern form, was held in the Usher Hall. The following evening, the Highland Ball in the Assembly Rooms again attracted a large gathering. Then on Saturday came the march of the massed pipe bands along Princes Street. As spectacular as the march itself was the extraordinary crowd which this event drew -- a crowd so vast and dense that there were scenes unprecedented with the whole width of that famed thoroughfare, cleared of all traffic, a mass of people from shop wall to garden railings on the opposite side. Unfortunately such a mass, unprepared for and unexpected, meant that many missed enjoyment of the spectacle, and that the pipe bands themselves were hampered. Yet for all that, one looks back on the sight and


sound of those brilliant phalanxes of massed pipe bands that seemed to fill the whole city with marching music, as impressive, and a sign of the enthusiasm there is for a Scottish display of this kind.

      Then came the mass move to Murrayfield where the " Gathering of the Clans" attracted again a more than full house, the International Rugby ground being packed. The afternoon events were in the nature of a Highland Games on a grand scale; piping, and pipe band competitions went on continuously, and all the usual athletic events formed the afternoon's programme in the arena, with additional events such as the Drum Major's competition which one will not easily forget.

      It was a Highland games on a gigantic scale, spectacular in spite of the steady worsening weather. But the more intimate side of this Gathering of the Clans was to be found among the clan tents set out on the grass at the rear of the grandstand. A steady stream of visitors soon came to visit the two particular tents which catered so well for Macpherson members, the Clan Macpherson tent and Clan Chattan. In our own Macpherson tent the members of the Edinburgh Branch especially had done good work, and once inside one stepped from the rain into shelter, and from the vastness of Murrayfield with its crowds into the company of old friends. It was in a way reminiscent of the previous year's meeting under canvas on home ground at Creag Dhubh!

      Here you could have tea and talk; and in addition an efficient "office" was run by the Edinburgh members, keeping a record of visitors, providing information for enquirers, and offering for sale Clan publications and sprigs of white heather.

      The final event of the Gathering at Murrayfield was the march into the centre of the arena of colour parties from each clan represented, the Countess of Errol, Hereditary Lord High Constable for Scotland, taking the salute. The closing scene, with all the competing bands in this world pipe band competition formed up in a hollow square a mass of colour on the smooth green turf, was superb, and had the weather been kinder it could have been better enjoyed.

      It was late when Macpherson members assembled, many wet and somewhat weary, to be fortified by a wonderful dinner, spread in readiness at the Masonic Hall, in Forth Street. About one hundred and forty members of the Association enjoyed an excellent dinner, after which in spite of the lateness of the hour the Annual General Meeting was held in an upper hall of the same building.

      The Chairman, Lord Macpherson, opened the meeting, attended by over eighty members, and the Secretary, A. F. Macpherson dealt with the first business, amendments to the constitution. The first new clause proposed that the husband of a member should be eligible for membership provided he considers


himself an adherent of the clan and is not a member of any other clan on the male side. It was suggested that such members be called associate members, and after considerable discussion on their rights to vote at meetings of the association, the new clause was passed. One or two speakers voiced their anxiety at the consequences if a large number of non Macpherson surnames came into the association; the Chairman assured the meeting that the Council forsaw no "danger" in accepting the limited number of associate members, and that in any case only those bearing Clan surnames would be in charge of Association affairs.

      The second new clause which was approved by the meeting gives the Council powers at any time to summon a special general meeting and states that they are bound to summon such a meeting if requested by twenty or more members. At annual general meetings ten members shall form a quorum and fourteen days notice shall be given of annual general meetings. Full details of these new clauses (of which this is only a summary) will be contained in a reprinted issue of the Constitution, to be issued separately.

      The purchase effected by the Council of the house "Dochanasaidh," in Newtonmore, as our Clan House, was next explained to the meeting and approved, as were the full technical details of the financial matters connected with this purchase, the setting up of a fund and the issue of debentures by the Association.

      Election of office-bearers followed. Colonel Allan Macpherson took the chair for this part of the business, and proposed that Lord Macpherson be chairman, for the fifth year, to complete the job of setting up of Clan House and Museum which he had begun. This proposal met with the meeting's approval, but Lord Macpherson said he was not prepared to continue as chairman, feeling it was only right to give another a turn. However, after considerable good natured persuasion from all sides, Lord Macpherson said that if, as it seemed to be suggested, he would be letting the side down by refusing, then he would agree. Amid laughter and applause "Tom" was unanimously re-elected for a fifth term of office. All other Office-bearers of the previous year were re-elected, and the Secretary then read the reports of the last Annual General Meeting, which were duly approved.

      The Treasurer, Allan G. Macpherson, then presented his report, copies of accounts being circulated at the meeting (a copy of the accounts will be found on pages 34-35). Speaking of items in the financial report, the Chairman appealed for more support for the magazine, particularly advertising matter, and for more junior members to join the Association, the future of which would depend on these young people.

      The Treasurer then spoke of the Association's debt of gratitude to the Edinburgh Branch for arranging such a successful


dinner, for their share in running the Information Bureau in Princes Street during the Festival of Britain period, and particularly for their help in the Murrayfield events that day, especially the Clan Tent, all of which had been a very great success.

      Hugh Macpherson of Edinburgh proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for his drive behind the Edinburgh events, which culminated this night.

      At a late hour the meeting, and gathering of friends, dispersed into the quiet streets of the City, many saying " Good-bye, till next year."



      We regret to have to record the deaths of the following members, and extend to their relatives our sympathy

North Scotland--
          Captain Malcolm G. Davidson, Toravaig, Isle of Skye.
           Mrs. Margaret Macpherson, Glenquithel, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ross-shire.
East Scotland--
           Miss Janet Kennedy Barbara Macpherson, 23 Dublin Street, Edinburgh,
           Rev. James Neil Macpherson, M.A., Manse of Channelkirk, Oxton, Lauder, Berwickshire.
West Scotland--
           Rev. Robert Macpherson, M.A., Manse of Craigrownie, Cove, Dunbartonshire.
           Rev. Colin Macpherson, M.A., St. Andrew's Manse, Johnstone, Renfrewshire.
           John MacPherson, 3 Windsor Place, Stirling.
Overseas: Asia-
           Mrs. Dulcie Finnimore M'Pherson, 10 Canning Road, Allahabad, United Provinces, India.
Overseas: Europe-
           Alexander Malcolm Macpherson, 16 Boulevarde d'Italie, Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Overseas: Canada --
           Hugh B. Macpherson, Stratford, Ontario.

The Reverend Robert Macpherson, M.A
.       The death of the Reverend Robert Macpherson, the Chairman, of the West of Scotland Branch, came as a great shock to all who knew him. He had been one of the Glasgow representatives of the Council since the formation of the Association and he undertook the Work of launching Creag Dhubh, editing the first number and doing the difficult work of starting a new publication in difficult times. The success of Creag Dhubh will always be due primarily to his zeal and energy in giving the Association Annual a flying start.

      One member writes of him:--
           "Because of his retiring disposition he preferred to be known and recognised as an ordinary country parson with honesty of purpose in following his calling as a Defender of the Faith on which his professional duties were founded. His Highland spirit maintained dignity with humility, and his recognition of human values precluded any possibility of his being ingratiated into the public limelight.

           "He loaned dignity to any platform or gathering. His spirit permeated the atmosphere at all meetings of the West of Scotland Branch. Whoever follows him in the West of Scotland Chairmanship has an excellent example to emulate."

      And to another member we are grateful for the following Obituary note:--
           "The Reverend Robert Macpherson, M.A., Minister of Craigrownie Parish, Cove, Dunbartonsbire, who was the youngest son of the Reverend John F. Macpherson, V.D., B.D., Greenock, was educated at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University, where he graduated Master of Arts and attended the Divinity Hall of the old Church of Scotland. For a period after being licensed he acted as Assistant Minister of Paisley Abbey, from where, in 1922, he was ordained and inducted to the Parish of Armadale, West Lothian. In 1927 Mr Macpherson was called to the Parish of Stolihill, near Gorebridge, Midlothian, remaining there till 1932 when he was translated to the Parish of Craigrownie in which he ministered till his death on 18th May, 1951.

           "In all these parishes Mr Macpherson has left fragrant memories, and his passing has created a blank which will not easily he filled.

           "A man of outstanding sincerity he gave himself to his life-work without counting the cost to himself, and in addition to his ministerial duties found time-and gave of that time -- to interest himself in ways that would be for -the betterment of his fellows.

           "Mr Macpherson was appointed first Chairman of the West Scotland Branch of Clan Macpherson Association and held that office till his death. His geniality was in evidence at the various functions under Branch auspices and his endeavour was to see that every one was made welcome and to feel at home; in this he was eminently successful and much of the advance of the Branch was due to his kindly influence."

The Reverend James Neil Macpherson, M.A.
      The Reverend James Neil Macpherson, M.A., Minister of the Parish of Channelkirk, Oxton, Berwickshire, was the third son of the Reverend Norman Macpherson, Minister for 16 years of the Free Church, Yetholm, Roxburghshire, till his removal to Glasgow in 1895.

      The foundation of his education was laid in the Village School and after removal to the City he was enrolled in Hutcheson's Boys' Grammar School, where he did well in both. the scholastic and athletic sides of the School, playing football and captaining the Swimming Club. From School he went to Glasgow University and graduated Master of Arts, passing to the Divinity Hall of the United Free Church, now Trinity College. After completing his Divinity Course he held various Assistantships in Glasgow till he was ordained and inducted to the United Free Church, Newtongrange, near Dalkeith, in which charge he remained till his translation to the High United Free Church, Elgin, in 1921. In 1931 London Road Church, Edinburgh, was successful in inducing him to accept their Call and there he rendered yeoman service till 1947, when, seeking relief from the exacting duties of his city charge be removed to Kinneff, Kincardinesihire. Here he remained for three years.


      Ewen George Macpherson of Cluny Macpherson, Chief of the Clan. The Chief is the second and only surviving son of the late George Gordon Macpherson, Captain in the Coldstream Guards, and sometime a Page of Honour to H.M. Queen Victoria, and who was the third son of Ewen Macpherson of Cluny Macpherson, C.B., Chief of the Clan, affectionately known as "Old Cluny," who died on 11th January, 1885, and was succeeded in the Chiefship in turn by three [actually, only two; Albert Cameron was not chief although he inherited the Cluny estate --RM] of his sons, none of whom left male heirs.


Clan Macpherson House and Map of Its Location in Newtonmore


      After a period of months, serious illness overtook him, from which he never recovered, dying on the 24th June 1951, in his 64th year. Mr Macpherson's forte lay in his devotion to his congregational and church duties, and while interested ill all manner of things his main business lay within the Church as a whole, and lie acted as Vice-Convener of Union and Readjustment of Agencies Committee of tile Church of Scotland from 1947 till 1951.

      He was a founder member of the Clan Macpherson Association, and had hoped, as he was nearer the "heart (if things" at Oxton, to do more for the Association than had been previously possible.

The Reverend Colin Macpherson, M.A.
      The Reverend Colin Macpherson, M.A., Minister of St. Andrew's Church of Scotland, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, passed to his rest on the 18th August, 1951, in his 70th year. Born at Strath, Isle of Skye, where his father was a crofter, Mr Macpherson received his early education at the Village School.

      Coming to Glasgow as a young men he commenced a business career but was soon led to seek to enter the Service of the Church of Scotland as a Minister He had connected himself with St. Columba's Church-the Highlanders' Cathedral -- and had there made a deep impression on his fellow members who greatly rejoiced when they learned of his decision.

      Proceeding to Glasgow University Mr Macpherson had a good academic record, graduating Master of Arts, his studies were continued at the Divinity Hall of the Church of Scotland.

      Ordained and inducted to the Parish of St. Munda, Glencoe, Mr Macpherson soon made himself welcome among tile people of the Glen. When, in 1929, the Call to Johnstone came, he felt he could not refuse the opportunity of a wider service.

      Being a Gaelic speaker Mr Macpherson frequently broadcast in that language, his sermons and talks being very popular amongst his Highland hearers.

      In addition to the work of his own congregation, Mr Macpherson took an active and large part in the life of the town of Johnstone and was the means of the revival of the Johnstone Highlanders' Association which, to-day, has a membership of about 400 and of which he was Chairman for 20 years. He was also in the Town Council and concerned himself specially with education and housing. As a combatant officer he served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the 1914-1918 War.

Mrs. Dulcie Finnimore M'Pherson.
      By the death, in August last, of Mrs. Dulcie Finnimore M'Pherson, the Clan Macpherson Association has lost one of its most interested members. Mrs. M'Pherson was the wife of the Reverend Kenneth Cecil M'Pherson, one of the Church of England Chaplains, at present serving in Allahabad, India.


      Mrs. M'Pherson was present at the Gathering on the side of Craig Dhubh in 1950, along with her son and daughter-in-law, to whom as well as to her husband we desire to express the Association's very real sympathy in their grievous loss.

Captain Malcolm G. Davidson.
      The late Captain Malcolm G. Davidson of Toravaig, Isle of Skye, was, among his many other accomplishments, a professional singer and a professional pianist. He sang in opera in Austria and Italy, and was both musician and composer.

      During the first World War he served with the 5th Bn. Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. In the recent War he worked at the Air Ministry for three years and later was called back to the Army to serve in the Intelligence Corps, where his great knowledge of languages was invaluable.

      Captain Davidson will be remembered as a brilliantly clever man, of outstanding personality and ability, and much loved by all who knew him.

Miss Janet K. B. Macpherson.
      The following is reprinted from "The Scottish Educational Journal," of 22nd June, 1951 :--
            "The death of Miss Jenny Macpherson, after a brief illness, has removed a gracious personality from the staff of George Heriot's School, and her passing is deeply regretted by a wide circle of friends.

            "Her appointment to the School -- she was the first lady teacher in Heriot's -- was made in 1914, and she taught in the Geography Department until the close of hostilities. On the return of the masters she took up duties in the junior School, where for over thirty years she served with rare devotion and, conscientiousness. The School was her life, and a great company of Herioters can bear witness to the quality of her teaching and the neverfailing interest she showed in their welfare. For her, teaching was indeed a vocation.

            "Blessed with a lively wit and with a genius for friendship, she was admired and loved by her colleagues, while the wisdom of her counsel made her invaluable in committee. Her infectious gaiety and courage found its source in her own deep and simple Christian faith, and a moving tribute to her life and work was paid by the minister of the Augmtine-Bristo Church, the Reverend W. B. J. Martin, at the funeral service. That, service, ending on a triumphant note with the singing of the Hundredth Psalm, was a fitting salute to the memory of a gallant and indomitable spirit."

            Miss Macpherson was one of the descendants of William Macpherson, mentioned in Alexander Macpherson's Church and Social life in the Highlands, page 183, as the last tenant of Glen Gynack, Kingussie, and who later was tenant of Shanval, Strone, for more than fifty years. William Macpherson's son James left Strone for the Parish of Edinkillie, Morayshire, and his sons Donald and Angus were noted agriculturists. Miss Macpherson's father, Charles Macpherson, banker, was a son of Donald, another of his sons being John Macpherson who for many years owned the Cockburn Hotel, Edinburgh, and one of whose descendants is Sir John Stuart Macpherson, Governor of Nigeria.



                                    Oh for the call of the mountain land,
                                          The land of the Birch and Heather,
                                    Where the giant Pines in their grandeur stand
                                          Through toil and stress of weather.

                                    Where the Eagle soars through azure realms
                                          On his strong untrammelled pinion
                                    And looks on man -- far down below,
                                          As a poor and useless minion.

                                    The call of the mountain soundeth clear
                                          And I take me off to the Highlands,
                                    But not to the rugged western coast
                                          With its storm encircled Islands.

                                    Not to that land of wild delight,
                                          Where the ocean ever wageth
                                    Its constant war of surging might
                                          'Gainst rocks on which it rageth.

                                    But to the banks of the silver Spey,
                                          And the grand eternal glory
                                    Of the wild enchanted Badenoch hills
                                          So full of romantic story.

                                    So full of the very essence of all
                                          That makes for romantic tales,
                                    The hills, and woods, and waterfalls
                                          In their mystic rocky vales.

                                    So full of the essence of all romance,
                                          Of tales both wild and tragic,
                                    That seem to us of these latter days
                                          Like deeds and acts of magic.

                                    And here I find me not alone
                                          But joined by loved ones dear,
                                    Who know and love great nature's tones,
                                          And her purple hills revere.

                                    The sun in glory shining forth
                                          Revealeth many a height
                                    Still clad in nature's snowy garb
                                          Of pure transcendent white.

                                    Look all around there's not a blot
                                          To mar the glorious scene,
                                    The azure sky, the purple hills
                                          And woods of verdant green.

                                    Yes dear to my heart is this Badenoch land
                                          With its mountains of variant hue,
                                     And dear to my soul is this comrade band
                                          Of hearts so leal and true.
                                                                                                                  W. L. M.



Clan Chattan Association.
      At a meeting in Edinburgh in November, 1951, attended by members of many branches of Clan Chattan, it was decided to form the Clan Chattan Association (Edinburgh). Vice-Admiral Mackintosh of Mackintosh made a speech of welcome, and encouraged Edinburgh Clansmen to go ahead and, by organising their own branch of the Clan Chattan Association, to infuse new life into the Association.

      A. I. S. Macpherson, Chairman of the Edinburgh branch of the Clan Macpherson, Association, referred to the difficulties which there were bound to be where so many clans were involved, but that made for interest. They wished to attract them all, especially those who had not their own Clan Association in Edinburgh.

      The Hon. Lord Mackintosh agreed to be vice-chairman of the new Association, and Mrs. Eileen Shove, Tigh Sonais, 12 Morningside Gardens, Edinburgh, was elected secretary.

Visitors to the Clan House.
      Norman Macpherson has already had many visitors to the Clan House in Newtonmore, all of whom expressed great interest in the project, and some who are not members of the Association, and call without more than scanty previous knowledge of Clan and Highland history generally, speak of their surprise and interest at finding a centre of this kind springing up on ancient clan territory.

      One visitor Norman was particularly glad to make welcome was Robert Adair McPherson, from Blenheim, Christchurch, who visited Newtonmore in December. Mr. McPherson said he hoped the Museum and Clan House would be a great success once officially underway, and he assured Norman that it was of particular interest to "other world members." He was sailing for Australia on 19th December, but was doubtful about his date of return home.

Unusual Record.
      Sir Denys F. Lowson was Lord Mayor of London for the year 1950-51, which included the heavy duties of the Festival period. We understand that during his term of office he made no fewer than 1,100 speeches.

      In September 1951, in response to a special Festival invitation, he and the Lady Mayoress, attended by two of the Sheriffs, made an official visit to the United States, Australia and New Zealand. We are riot sure if there is a precedent for such a tour, but it is very rare in the year of a Lord Mayor's office.

      Lady Lowson before her marriage was Patricia Macpherson, second daughter of Lord Strathcarron of Banchor. Both she and her husband are members of the Association, and we believe that Lady Lowson was the youngest Lady Mayoress for over 500 years.

      In the 1951 General Election, Niall Macpherson (Liberal-Conservative), who has represented Dumfriesshire since 1945, and Malcolm MacPherson (Labour), who has represented Stirling and Falkirk since 1948, were both again successful.


      The wedding took place in Glasgow on 14th December, 1951, of Miss Grace Macpherson, Springburn, Glasgow, and Mr. Iain Macdonald, Newtonmore. Both bride and bridegroom are well known in Badenoch. At the reception after the wedding among the forty or more congratulatory telegrams received were good wishes from the Glasgow Badenoch Association and the West of Scotland Branch of the Clan Macpherson Association, of both of which the bride was a member.

      Angus Macpherson, our Clan Piper, was presented with a gold watch by Mr. Seton Gordon, the well known naturalist and author, on behalf of fishing tenants of the River Shin, Sutherland. Mrs. Macpherson received a 140-year-old silver tea service, and their daughter-in-law, Mrs. joy Macpherson, gold and diamond ear-rings.

West of Scotland Branch Piper.
      Donald Macpherson, the West of Scotland Branch piper, a frequent prize winner at competitions up and down the country for some years now, has this past season acquired seventeen major awards. Chief of these are:--
           London, 1st Prize, the Blue Banner, for Piobaireachd.
           Oban, 1st Prize, the Shirvan Cup, for open Piobaireachd (second year in succession).
           1st Prize, the Silver Star, for Marches. 2nd Prize for Strathspeys and Reels.
           Inverness, 2nd Prize for open Piobaireachd; 2nd Prize for Strathspeys and Reels.
           At Glasgow, Lochaber, Glen Finnan, and Kingussie, he also won for Piobaireachd playing, two second prizes and three third prizes; and five other prizes for marches, strathspeys and reels.

      Mr. Seumas MacNeill, Principal of the College of Piping, chose Donald to broadcast selections from the Glasgow studios of the B.B.C. in October to illustrate his lecture showing the difference between playing simply according to the music score and playing with full expression, an art difficult to master.

The Macpherson Collection.
      In A Pageant of the Sea;, the Macpherson Collection (published by Halton at 45/-), Mr. S. Robinson gives an account of the long course of British maritime history, with illustration from the collection of historical prints made by A. G. H. Macpherson, and acquired through the generosity of Sir James Caird by the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. There are illustrations of naval engagements, naval and merchant vessels, and celebrated sailors, with a section showing old maps and drawings of seaports.

Genealogical Notes.
      Since the publication of his book, The Chiefs of Clan Macpherson (Oliver & Boyd), the author has received additional information about the descendants of William of Nuide, the ancestor of the present house of Cluny.

      Of Angus, the second son of William the Writer, the author has gleaned the following through the kindness of Miss Elma Margaret Hailey:
           " Angus was a merchant tailor and Burgess of Edinburgh. He married, 28th Oct., 1745, Grizel, daughter of Jas. Darsie, of Wester


Anstruther. On 26th Oct., 1746, a son, David, was born. David received a good education and graduated at Edinburgh University, and went for a time to America -- not Jamaica, as stated in Douglas' Baronage, but returned, and married a Miss Jessie Millar, and was living in London before 1790. He became Deputy Keeper of Records, dying at St. Pancras on 1st Augt., 1816. He wrote and published several books, among them Geographical Illustrations of Scottish History, De Orygynale Cronykel of Scotland, by Andrew of Wyntoun, Priour of Sanct Sersis yuche in Loch Levyn, now first published, with Notes and Glossary 1795' 2 Vols., Annals of Commerce, Manufactures, Fisheries and Navigation, .1805, 4 Vols., History of the European Commerce with India, 1812 (vide ' Scottish Nation,' Vol. 3, Gents Magazine, MacVeigh's Scottish Families, David Laing's Historians of Scotland, Vol. IX, &c.).

      David had four sons, (1) William Walys, d. s.p. 1809. (2) Alfred, d. s.p., 1816. (3) Alexander, married but descendants, if any, unknown. (4) Melville, married Margaret Bright. Melville had two sons, Henry, who married and had a son, Henry, and one daughter Flora, and (2) Alfred, of whom nothing is known. He had also a daughter, Maria, who married Chas. Collison Hailey, M.D.

      Of this marriage were born the Rev. Chas. Alexander Hailey, Melville Macpherson Hailey, M.D., Percy Oswald Hailey, M.D., and the Rev. Alfred John Hailey, who married Miss Joyce Duke!'

      Dr. Melville Macpherson Hailey married Miss E. M. C. Ware and of their marriage there are a son and a daughter, Percy Melville Hailey and Miss Elma Margaret Hailey, who lives in South Kensington, London, and to whom we are indebted for the above.


A Woman's Point of View. [Old Scottish Recipes]

      During the heavy snow of the past winter, here in Badenoch social life came for a while to a standstill. One evening I found myself thumbing over an old Scottish recipe book. This book is called The Cook o' the North and is compiled of recipes from homes in Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire. Many of these recipes are typical of a much wider area and are representative of the best in Scottish cooking. And I must add that the Scots have never earned the opprobrium of the French in the same way as the English -- criticised for their watery cabbage and heavy puddings

      I found in this book a sure remedy for the "Bite of a Mad Dog," consisting of herbs gathered in the month of May, dried, to be taken three days before the full moon! Also another "to Help one yt is Bewitched." But that is by the way.

      The really famous Scottish food is of course oatmeal, and our English cousins are the first to appreciate the things we make with it. Oatcakes can be made with whey, or with yeast, or plain hot water and dripping. Nearly every farm house has its own method, but I must confess that I have always found them very difficult indeed to cook with just that perfection associated with curling sheiling oatcakes.

      As an alternative to porridge brose, not every man's meat, is none the less very palatable to the oatmeal addict (and there are, fortunately, plenty


of sturdy oat eaters in Scotland still !) It is made simply by pouring boiling water over a small bowl of raw meal with salt added, stirred very quickly, to be eaten with cream.

      Skirly is also favourite farmhouse fare, and when working on North East farms in the Land Army, I was given it nearly every day with an enormous bowl of steaming potatoes. Nothing could be more warming. I make skirly with melted dripping in a thick aluminium. saucepan. When very hot add chopped onions and salt to taste, then the oatmeal. A thickish paste is produced; this needs stirring for about twenty minutes, or it can be steamed in a bowl. Fine oatmeal is not good for this dish.

      Farmhouse kail is another old staple but much despised nowadays. Kale is full of iron and can be a delicious vegetable. Soup made with chopped mashed kale and a handful of oatmeal comes into the Cordon Blue class when rich cream is added as a final touch.                                                                                           A. M.


Boy's Adventure With a Bull.

      IN his early school days Sandy lived in Kinrara, and went about 2 miles to school. Several of his school mates met and all went together through a field where there was a young bull which, boy like, they used to tease. One day he waited for his sister, who was late, and the others got past the bull before they could catch up. The bull took its chance and came at them, but Sandy, who was carrying two peats to add to the school fire (a common practice in those days), drove it off with these. A second attack he drove off by swinging his books at it. Again it came on and he again swung his bundle round his head and let fly, but sad for him, his books slipped from his strap and scattered, and the beast came on. It knocked him down and as he tried to rise, caught and tossed him! After a short run it repeated this, tossing him again. Before it could do this again, he was able to get into the school porch.

      These were hard days compared with the present. Discipline and hard work with no coddling were the rule. Discipline demanded punishment for being late, so he got the tawse. Later, when he crossed the floor, he limped and was called up to explain this. After hearing his story the teacher looked at his leg (easy enough when the boy wore a kilt) and seeing his thigh bruised and gashed, told him to see the Doctor ... after school was over!

      He passed through this and several other adventures before he died at 84 years of age.

                                                                                            A true story of my father.
                                                                                            -- W. L. MACPHERSON,
                                                                                           Juniper Green, Edinburgh.


Songs of Craig and Ben in Badenoch and the Cairn Gorms.

      DR. ARTHUR GEDDES, who has recently published a volume of his own translations of certain Gaelic songs of daring and of praise, and has planned a second volume of the lilts and lyrics, spoke about the songs and traditional music of Badenoch to the East of Scotland Branch of the Association at a Ceilidh in Edinburgh on 6th February, 1951. His talk was illustrated with songs sung in the Gaelic by Mr Duncan Mackenzie (lately "the Master" in Newtonmore School) and accompanied by Mrs John Macpherson and with tunes on his own fiddle. In response to a request from the chairman, Dr. Geddes has sent the following letter:
                                                                                          The Outlook Tower, Castlehill,
                                                                                          Edinburgh, March, 1951.
My dear Archie Macpherson,
      It was a pleasure to meet the Dun-Eidinn Branch of the Clan Association at a real ceilidh -- "together." It is a link with the land of my forebears, who came from a little further down the Strath. My great-grand-parents' croft, Rychallich, stands at 1,250 feet, north of Grantown-on-Spey, and my grandfather, Alexander Geddes, whom I remember, dug his family peat in the moss of Grantown.

      It is in the spirit of comings "together" that I have been gathering The Songs of Craig and Ben * about which you invited me to talk -- with illustrations finely sung in the Gaelic by Mr Duncan Mackenzie, and then sung in translation for the younger generation, with the help of my fiddle. You all sang the choruses with a will!

      As volume I. was still in the press, and volume II. will follow later, I was the more indebted to Mr A. F. Macpherson for arranging to cyclostyle three of the songs of Badenoch and the Cairn Gorms, which, with one other which we sang as a swinging walking song, are appended to this letter. The source from which the Gaelic words come is Sinton's The Poetry of Badenoch. I hope these translations, if felt worthy, will serve your clan through the bond of Scottish kyndness" -- the bond of neighbourhood and kinship.

      With greetings to your fellow-clansmen,

                                                                                                           ARTHUR GEDDES.

* Published by Serif Books, Ltd., 53 George Street, Edinburgh.



      From the Rev. Thomas Sinton (Ed.) The Poetry of Badenoch, 1906, 42. The air is that of a Song of Culloden by Col. John Roy Stuart, Badenoch (1746), noted in Uist by G. Translation by A. G.

                                    A tale heard yestre'en,
                                    My hunter of deer,--
                                    'Tween my shoen and my feet,
                                          A stone!

                                    'Twas your half-tale, anon,
                                    That your garrons were gone
                                    By green wells you're wandering,

                                    Feet to climb to the Stuc*
                                    Or descend by stream-loops,
                                    Or to hunt in the dew
                                         And the cold.

                                    I'm thy purchase, frae a Fair
                                    -- Belt, and kertch for my hair--
                                    Thy wee knife, wi' plain haft
                                         Of gold.

                                    Dear comrade desired,
                                    Who'd not leave me to pine
                                    When the rest were at wine
                                         In the court.

                                    Since I have no gear,
                                    In vain I love thee;
                                    Take my blessing, my Dear!
                                         Now go I

                                    Although thou have no kine,
                                    I'll love thee, be thine;
                                    'Tis thee, all my life,
                                         I'll hold!

* In Gaick.

(Sheiling Song of Badenoch and Mar -- Sinton No. 18).
(To be sung mischievously and liltingly in milking time).

                            Kye o' Colin, kye o' Colin, kye o' Colin I lo'e ;
                            Brindled, mottled and spreckled, of the heather-fowl's hue.
                            No sweetheart has the lassie, and the lad has no wife
                            O the fetter, and the coggie too, they are lost on the height !
                            Hard o' hearing is the auld wife, and the man blind o' an e'e;
                            How can they see to the milking through the mist on the Scree?
                            Colin's kye are my fondlings, they'll give milk on the heath,
                            On the crest of the moorland, though no man be near!

                            When the calves get their drinkie after milking, at eve,
                            Then home comes my fair love after slaying the deer.
                            In spite of the stalker mad -- wrathful though he'll be --,
                            With my sweetheart I'll ascend then, to the glennans of deer.

                            Going out by Glen Eis-ghe, coming in by Glen Dee,
                            From glennan to glennan in quest of the deer.
                            From glennan to glennan, unending we'll seek,
                            Where the hinds they suckle, fondly, their wee fawns, anear.

                            O I hanker not for deer-meat in Glen Shee or Glen Dee,
                            Not for venison in Glens o' Tay nor in Rough-Corrie o' Dee;
                            Not for calves, will I be searching, nor in birch-wood will I be;
                            He o' fine, checkered plaiding, on the heath waits for me!


Composed by William Gow (Uilleam Ruighe'n Uidhe -- William of the Sheiling
of the Lass) and translated by A. G. [Sinton No. 49]
Liltingly, with feeling.

                            O Betty, my bonny, no bonnier's by Spey,
                            Wi' your snooded brown hair, so fair, the Lord's Day;
                            'Tis your pure-lidded eyes when they're lowered in prayer,
                            Draw my mind from the parson to dwell wi' you, fair.

Chorus (with a swing)
                            So good-wife! banish sorrow, the bottle bring down,
                            Wi' the brave brimming whisky, the drink of renown!
                            Cry "A health to my lass," from the heart let it sound
                            So fill up the cuaich and quaff it around!

                            But wounded am I, by what I heard yestre'en,
                            That another man's cattle tempt you to leave me:
                            Your friends they would choose him, and you too, they deem;
                            Be he white as a rock, any rich man's esteemed!

                            But although you forsake me, for my lack of gear
                            Though you wed but a weakling to kertch you, my dear ;
                            With his head on the pillow, he'll be useless, asleep,
                            While I shall be joyously rounding the deer.

She :
                            O my love ! do not listen to tales heard yestre'en
                            Ne'er could I hate you, for cattle an' gear,
                            My mother, my father, my friends will I leave,
                            Throw off siller, and follow my hunter of deer."

                            'Twas her mother leapt up; quo' she, "Slut, wi' no shame
                            'Will you leave a house-holder who'll keep you so safe?
                            Who'll have cows in the field for you, sheep on the braes
                            If you go wi' yon deer-stealer, go with our blame!"

                            My grief! Were my lass and I far off, alone,
                            Where the deer, moaning, call in a glennan's green fold!
                            No harm there, no peril; t'our friends unbeknown;
                            How warmly I'd shield her in deer-hides, from cold!


Tune -- Posadh Piuthair Iain Bhain.
Chorus. -- N.B. : The last line of the Chorus may be adapted
to fit the last Ben climbed
                                  Hard was the day -- tiu hiurrivy ey
                                  Cold was the day -- tiu hiurrivy ey
                                  Hard was the day -- tiu hiurrivy ey
                                  As we climbed to the top of Ben More.

                            Be't roarin' wind or pourin' weet,
                            Be't snaw or ice, be't fire or sleet,
                            This necht shall celebrate our meet
                                 To clim' the morn's mornin'.

                            We'll on wi' hill bonnets an' tackety boots
                            We'll lowp into "buses" wi' racket o' toots,
                            We'll race on our hurrl aheid -- for hoots!
                                 We're aff to the hills i' the mornin'.

                            Ye maun wrastle wi' craigs o' unco freit
                            For leader an' led 'ull no be beat!
                            Nae lovers' tryst sae glad as our Meet
                                 Wi' fere an' freind for the mornin'.

                            The gait o' the braw Munros ye'll gang,
                            Pechin' up braes are steep an' lang;
                            By hitch, belay (or wuddy!), ye'll hang
                                 Gin ye cowp we'll cairry ye doun.

                            Be sure o' fut, an' firm o' thew,
                            Creel weel sprung an' lungs o' leather,
                            Eident, quick, alert an' true
                                 For heather an' craig an' snaw.

                            Be't roarin' wind or pourin' weet,
                            Be't snaw or ice, be't fire or sleet,
                            We'll win the cairn nor ken defeat
                                 (Ar anail -- air Mullach nam Beinne!)
                                 And " Breathe on the peak o' the Ben!"

                                                                                  Chorus: Hard was the day, etc.


Some Notes on Macpherson Tartans.

      THE following extracts from the correspondence files of Messrs. Wm. Wilson & Sons, the Tartan Manufacturers, of Bannockburn, and from other sources, are made available through the courtesy of Mr. J. Telfer Dunbar, well-known as an authority on Highland dress, and are given here in order to preserve a record of these early references to the Tartans of the Clan.

      It should be explained that Messrs. Wilson & Sons had practically a monopoly in manufacture of Tartan at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th Centuries, and they supplied the Highland Regiments which were raised in such numbers at these times.

      The earliest reference to a Macpherson Tartan among those now made available is in General Sir William Cockburn's Collection of Tartans, dated 1815, in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow. No Macpherson Tartan is actually included, but there is given a Mackintosh Chief (being a Tartan now generally known as "Clan Chattan"), and the following note is added:-- This Tartan with a white sprang through the centre of the red sett and a pale blue sprang instead of white through the centre of the mingled sett becomes the Clan Macpherson."

      The collection of the Highland Society of London commenced in 1817, contains five Macpherson Tartans, vizt. :-- (1) the usual red Clan Tartan which was authenticated for the collection by Cluny in or before 1817; (2) one named the "Chief's," being the tartan now known as " Clan Chattan " modified as mentioned above but with the addition of a white line next the yellow stripe; (3) another pattern of the red Clan sett which is dated 1820 and is as given by James Logan in Scottish Gael published 1831; (4) the Cluny or "white dress" Tartan; and (5) the usual Hunting Tartan.

      Messrs. Wilsons' key patterns dated 1819, contain as No. 112 a "Macpherson of Cluny" which corresponds with the red Clan Tartan as now worn.

      In a letter to Wilsons, dated 11th June, 1822, D. McPherson, Clothier, Kingussie, orders scarfs and ladies' plaids of Macpherson pattern "as they are wanted by Macpherson ladies." He proceeds:-- "We have a claim to what you were showing me as the Cattanach pattern. We are the Cattanachs originally. I think it well becomes ladies in plaids with such quantity of silk. You were showing me another pattern got from Frazer at Inverness which you were telling me was the real Macpherson pattern. You know yourself which of them is the best. I think the Cattanach."

      W. Skeoch Cumming, the eminent Highland Antiquarian, in his Red Book records under date 26th February, 1823, an order to Wilsons for "a piece Macpherson which I find the same as "Caledonia," and under date 21st April, 1824, an order from P. Smith, Muir of Rhynie, for "a piece of tartan -- Macpherson -- large Caledonia."

      Messrs. J. T. Dean, Carlisle, order from Wilsons on 26th October, 1824, the following Tartans -- MacLean, Royal Stewart, Cameron, Rob Roy, MacDuff, Prince Charles, Macpherson, etc., etc.

      The Albion Cloth Co. for John Dick, Edinburgh, order from Wilsons on 2nd November, 1829, "4 of the Macpherson shawls of a large pattern of black, white and red such as Messrs. Romanes & Paterson have had for some time in their shop.

      The pattern book of Messrs. Stewart Christie & Co., Tailors and


> Highland Outfitters, Edinburgh (who still carry on business there), undated but thought to have been compiled in the period 1820-1830, contains two Macpherson Tartans, one the "white dress" with double magenta lines and yellow stripe named "undress" and the "Clan Chattan" Tartan with white line through the red named "full dress."

      On 11th July, 1831, Romanes & Paterson who still carry on business as Tartan Merchants in Princes Street, Edinburgh, order from Wilsons 60 yards of "reduced Cluny tartan with scarlet same as last sent," adding the white of the last, and also of the shawls, is not so pure as last year's."

      On 20th December, 1831, Meyer & Mortimer, Edinburgh, ask Wilsons to despatch the end of Cluny Macpherson tartan they were then making. On 23th June, 1832, Romanes & Paterson write Wilsons:-- "You may make 60 yards of reduced Cluny with crimson to pattern. Please let the white be as pure as the pattern enclosed. We will be obliged if you would send us a set of Clan Tartan patterns if you have such as there are some we are anxious to add to our stock."

      On 24th July, 1832, Romanes & Paterson suggest to Wilsons that " the weaver making the small Cluny " for them could alter the pattern at the end of the web and make a few different patterns "as they would like something new for next month."

      On 7th August, 1832, Romanes & Paterson order from Wilsons "40 or 50 yards of fine soft Cluny with crimson, the white to be very pure, the width to stand I when milled and the size of sett to be less than the reduced. We think 8 setts, as the reduced has six, will make a good pattern as part of this is for gowns. It must not be too much milled, and let us have this as long to ourselves as possible." They proceed:-- "Do you think the scarf you made for the Duchess of Bedford would look well in a square shawl if the green were made a proper bright shade? We wish you could try one or two in scarlet and two or three in white if you think it would do as we are sure of a market for or new patterns." There was enclosed a cutting of what seems red Macpherson tartan.

      On 13th November, 1832, the Albion Cloth Co., per John Dick, Edinburgh, order from Wilsons one end Cluny Macpherson soft tartan, and in the same month Romanes & Paterson refer to orders for Cluny tartan. On 15th November, 11832, Robert Smith, Edinburgh, orders a few patterns of soft tartans such as "Meg Merrilees," "Cluny Macpherson" and "Green and black," and asks Wilsons to say how soon these could be forward. " If you have a Cluny Macpherson piece on hand you may send it."

      On 24th November, 1832, Romanes & Paterson request Wilsons in a Postscript to an order "to make us an end of 8 setts same as the Cluny, only green (as in the Murray pattern) to be substituted for the black, and the purple thread may be omitted and a green substituted to be checked with scarlet."

      When James Logan was collecting information on Tartans for his book Scottish Gael in 1831 he applied to Wilsons for specimens, and it appears that in the first 30 Tartans supplied by Wilsons, the Mackintosh was the only Clan Chattan Tartan included. Later, Wilsons sent what is referred to as "Cluny Macpherson's Tartan" and also another Macpherson Tartan -- presumably a sett of that now known as the Clan Tartan, as Logan gives this in the List of Tartans in his book which was actually published in 1831.

      The following observations by the writer may be added:
           1. In one or other of the before mentioned collections of tartans or patterns made early in the 19th Century the three tartans now known as Macpherson can be found and also that now known as Clan Chattan, presumably referred to as "Cattanach" in McPherson's letter to Wilsons of 1822.


           2. The red "Clan" Tartan appears in the London Society Collection as supplied by Cluny in, or possibly before, 1817 and is contained in Wilson's patterns published in 1819, a few years after the earliest Collection of General Cockburn and some years prior to the visit of George IV to Edinburgh in 1822. A form of this Clan Macpherson Tartan, or the Tartan itself, was marketed under the designation "Caledonia." The writer remembers seeing ornamental articles in this Tartan dating from Victorian times with this label attached.
           3. There seems to have been a particular demand for the white "Dress" Tartan as "Cluny," though the Hunting Tartan is never referred to in Wilson's correspondence.
           4. The Tartan Dealers appear to have introduced variations, and indeed Tartans of entirely new patterns, to suit the demands of the market.
           5. There would appear to have been some confusion regarding the modification of the "Clan Chattan" Tartan associated with the Macphersons. General Cockburn's Collection states this modification (addition of a white line and substitution of a light blue for white in another place) to be the Clan Macpherson and in Smith of Mauchline's Book published in 1850 after obtaining authentication from Cluny of that time (Old Cluny) this appears again as Clan Macpherson, the White Dress Tartan and the Hunting Tartan being also included. On the other hand, the Highland Society of London give in 1817, on the Chief's authority, the usual Clan Tartan as appropriate to the Clan, while they include at a later date the modified Clan Chattan Tartan as the Chief's Tartan, and Stewart Christie & Co.'s patterns do so too. By 1850, the Chief would seem to have admitted this as a Clan Tartan. Since that date however it seems to have been completely superseded by the usual red Clan Tartan, which has been thus restored to its former position as authenticated by Duncan of Cluny in 1817.


The Arms of Cluny Macpherson.
      AMIDST all the heated arguments between partisans of the Mackintoshes on the one hand and of the Macphersons on the other, one very great argument in favour of the Macphersons has been completely lost sight of. This is that the arms borne to-day by Cluny Macpherson are exactly those placed on record before 1530 (over 140 years before the calling on all armigerous persons to record their arms in the Lyon Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland) as the arms of Clan Chattan.

      The arms of Clan Chattan are described thus:
"Parted per fesse or and azure, a galley of the first, mast oars and tackling proper, flagged gules : in the dexter chief point a hand couped fessways holding a dagger paleways and in the sinister a cross crosslet fitchee of the last."

      These arms are exactly what were registered by Cluny in 1672, re-matriculated in 1873 by Ewen ("Old Cluny "), and again by the


present Chief, Ewen George, in 1947. The Mackintoshes do not bear the true coat of the ancient Clan Chattan.

      Another rather curious point is that while the Mackintoshes claim descent from the old Earls of Fife, showing the lion rampant to prove this, yet, as a matter of interest, at the date in question, the ancient Earls of Fife never bore a lion rampant nor did they assume that device till long afterwards.

      The meaning of the symbols in the Cluny Arms are: The Galley to denote the landing, long before the later one of the Scots, of the ancient Caledonians or Picts from which the Macphersons are descended*; the crosslet fitchee, to denote the descent from Gille Chattan Mor, the Great Servant of St. Catan; and the hand holding the dagger, to denote the part the Macphersons took, as members of Clan Chattan, in driving out the Cummins.

      The above description of the ancient arms of the Old Clan Chattan entirely disposes of the recent pronouncement of the Lyon Office of the "historic Blue Galley of Clan Chattan."

* An alternative view held by many is of course that the galley represents the Galley of Lorne, indicating a western ("Scots") origin of the Macphersons which view is at least supported by the territory of St. Catan lying on the western seaboard.-Ed.




Clan Macpherson House Appeal


List of Subscribers to the Clan Macpherson House
(pages i - iv)


Reports from the Branches


Reports from the Branches


Reports from the Branches


Reports from the Branches


Clan Macpherson Association Accounts


Clan Macpherson Association Accounts




Programme for the 1952 Rally


List of CMA Members
(pages 38-44)


Fighting the Weather -- A humerous impression of the Clan Tents at the Gathering of the Clans, Murrayfield, Edinburgh August 1951


Members of the Clan Macpherson Colour Party at the Gathering of the Clans, Edinburgh, 1951 Left to Right, standing-- A. F. Macpherson, Edinburgh, Hon. Secy. of the Association; Roderick Gillies, Glasgow, Standard Bearer; John S. Macpherson, Kingussie: seated -- Evan Cattanach, Kingussie; A. I. S. Macpherson, Chairman of the East of Scotland Branch. The other members of the Colour Party not shown here were: The Hon. Gordon Macpherson, London; Allan G. Macpherson, Inverness; R. T. S. Macpherson, London, and Iain Macpherson, Inverness. Photo: J. A. Dewar, Edinburgh. Lord and Lady Macpherson being piped into a special meeting of the Inverness Branch of the Clan Macpherson Association, 27 April, 1951. Star Photos

List of CMA Members (pages 47-54)


List of CMA Members


Membership Summary as of 31 December 1951




Appeal for Contributions


Advertisement for Macpherson, Train & Co. Ltd


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