Gaelic Name: Mac a’ Phearsoin
Motto: Touch not the cat but a glove
Badge: White heather
Origin of Name: Gaelic, Mac a’ Phearsoin (Son of the Parson)
Of ecclesiastic origin, this is a name derived from the gaelic Macaphersein, meaning “Son of the Parson”. The clan itself is reputed to have been founded by Murdo Cattenach, a priest of Kingussie in Badenoch. The MacPhersons formed part of the great Clan Chattan, and frequently disputed the leadership of this federation with the MacKintosh family. They finally did acknowledge the MacKintosh claim to “Captain of Clan Chattan”, but showed them little loyalty in the ensuing years. Tradition states that Robert the Bruce promised the lands of Badenoch to the chief of the MacPhersons, on condition that he destroy the Bruce’s bitter enemies, the Comyns. This murderous deed was carried out by the chief, Ewan Ban MacMhuirich, and his three sons.