During the reign of David I. of Scotland, a younger brother of
the chief of the powerful clan Chattan espoused the clerical life, and
in due time became abbot of Kingussie. His elder brother died
childless, and the chieftainship devolved on the abbot. He procured the
needful dispensation from the Pope, married the daughter of the thane
of Calder, and a swarm of little “Kingussies” was the result. The good
people of Invernessshire called them the Mac-phersons, i.e. the
sons of the parson.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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