MacPherson

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
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on MacPherson from Fact Monster:

  • James Macpherson - Macpherson, James Macpherson, James, 1736–96, Scottish author. Educated at Aberdeen and ...
  • Wendy Macpherson - Wendy Macpherson Born: Jan. 28, 1968 Bowling voted Bowler of the Decade for the 1990s; Major titles ...
  • Elle Macpherson - Elle Macpherson (Eleanor Gow) model, actress Born: 3/29/1964 Birthplace: Sydney, Australia Elle ...
  • Hoaxes - Literary - Poetic License by Borgna Brunner Who Wants to Impersonate a Billionaire? Few figures in American ...
  • Elle Macpherson - Biography of Elle Macpherson, Australian Sports Illustrated swimsuit model of the 1990s

Related Content