The Scottish surname MacPherson, also found in northern Ireland, is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac an Phearsain meaning “son of the parson.” The Parson in question was Muriach, a 12th century parson, or lay preacher, of Kingussie in Badenoch This is the surname of  ecclesiastical families in Aberdeenshire and Argyll. For many centuries, the Macphersons have been a leading clan in the Clan Chattan Confederation along with Clan Mackintosh, and Clan Shaw. In the 14th century that Macphersons were partly responsible for the defeat of Clan Comyn, the enemies of Robert I of Scotland, at Badenoch. Today there are approximately 6,000 bearers of the surname MacPherson living in The United States.

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