The head of the family of
Fergusson of Kilkerran has been recognised since the early 18th century
as the Chief of the name Fergusson. The present chief is Sir Charles
Fergusson, 9th Baronet.
Many families of the name
were established throughout Scotland at an early date. In Perthshire
there were the Fergusons of Dunfallandy and Balquhidder, in
Aberdeenshire the families of Kilmundy and Pitfour, in Fife the
Fergusons of Raith, and in Dumfries the Fergussons of Craigdarroch. In
Argyll, where the clan is numerous, the Fergusons held lands in Strachur
and there appears to be a connection between them and the principal
Higland branch of the Clan and the chieftainship belonged in the past to
the Dunfallandy branch, the title now rests with those of the name at
Kilkerran, Carrick, Ayrshire. The family have been prominent in legal
circles and affairs of the state over many years.
7.KINCARDINE & ANGUS
Digging up your Fergus(s)on Roots
The Society does not offer a genealogy research service, but it is hoped
that by following
these suggestions on the web and with one's own contact details, success
will prevail. However, do remember initially to obtain information from
living relatives, family papers, documents, photos, and graveyards.
1) The General Register Office for Scotland (GROS) at
Responsible for the registration of births, marriages, deaths, divorces
and adoptions in Scotland, and for carrying out periodic censuses of the
population. Additionally there is a very good "Family Records" section.
2) Scotland's People at www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk This is a web site
run by Scotland Online on behalf of the General Register Office for
Scotland. A pay-per-view website operates for information mentioned in
1) and 2) and also Old Parish Registers of baptisms and marriages.
Contact details for 1) & 2) above: New Register House, Edinburgh,
Scotland, EH1 3YTR
General enquiries: +44(1)131 334 0380 e- mail: A 'Contact Form' is used
for electronic submission.
3) The Scottish Genealogy Society Library & Family History Centre at 15
Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh EH1 2JL Tel and fax: +44(0) 131 220 3677
www.scotsgenealogy.com e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
N.B. As a Clan Society member, one has membership and use of this centre
Please add to the existing Fergus(s)on data base.
4) "Lost Ancestors" page in Society Newsletter. Please send in your
5) Professional bodies such as Association of Scottish Genealogists &
Record Agents at
www.asgra.co.uk and "Scottish Roots" at www.scottishroots.com are also
available. Check fees, but the latter are happy to provide 10% discount
6) Scottish Association of Family History Societies at www.safhs.org.uk
Of particular interest to the Fergus(s)on name is the North Perthshire
Family History group, now with a Research Centre at Moulin Kirk, Moulin,
7) The Records of The Clan and Name of Fergusson, Ferguson, and Fergus
published in 1895 [in libraries or private possession]
8) Fergus(s)on DNA project Please open link on this web site for viewing
9) If research is directed from or takes one South of the Scottish
/English border, these sites may be helpful:- The Society of
Genealogists www.sog.org.uk ; The National Archives
www.nationalarchives.gov.uk; The Family Records Centre
www.familyrecordsgov.uk/frc; the Mormon site at www.familysearch.org
Addendum: Ancestry.co.uk has published censuses from 1841 etc. Worth a
Ancestors Chart may be helpful in recording your details, and please
refer to No 3 above if you want to add it to this data base.
get a larger version of this chart by clicking on it.
Daniel MacGregor Ferguson: b
1841(or 42); d 26/11/12 A sculptor and wood carver of ability
and repute, training at The Glasgow School of Art. Among prizes won,
the International Gold Medal for Sculptors in 1870 was the most
prestigous, but he also received the Walter Macfarlane prize for best
figure modelled from life, and a prize for drawing from the cast the
The photo taken in Balquhidder
shows the kenspeckled figure in balmoral, kilt, and badger sporran, an
artistic gentleman of character. He designed the railings around Rob
Roy's grave in the churchyard there in 1890. The post card is one he
sent to Robert Fergusson of Muirlaggan farm in 1905 and was posted in
The Outer Hebrides.Gaelic translation please to the Hon. Secretary who
is a descendent of the farmer, and now currently resident owner of the
farm. There might be a prize! The Clan post card was also sent by him,
posted 29/12/04 and wishes the recipient "A happy New Year-Your
faithful friend D MacGregor Ferguson". The clan details are quite
interesting on the card and the addressee the same as before.
The graveyard photographs show a
commanding head stone, that of his father Daniel Ferguson who died in
1888. The closer one demonstrates his fine workmanship as shown
on the relief of the head, and the broken bone (femur) indicates his
father's profession, that of a bone setter! The graveyard is in the
lee of Stirling Castle.
Any more " midgy bytes"
Discovered by David (Blantyre) whilst
researching his own family in Ardnamurchan. This is a Balquhidder
Fergusson and Uncle of Kathleen, Dr. Duncan Ferguson's wife.
Confusing? Note latter single S.
NEWS FROM BLANTYRE, SOUTH
My father Neil Gordon Ferguson left Scotland with his mother Annie
Ferguson for Cornwall in England where he lived until he died in
1993, he did so after the death of his Father In 1918 David Paterson
Ferguson who died at 33 years having served as a Corporal in the 6th
Highland Light Infantry. My Father was never aware of his Family
Grave in Scotland being born in 1916 and only 2 years old when he
left Scotland. After two years of research and with the help of South
Lanarkshire Council I was able to find the Family Grave at the Higher
Blantyre Cemetery which contained four generations of Fergusons and
also four vacant grave sites that had never been used. The Family
ownership rights of burial have now been transferred to myself and
for the future use of the first born of each generation. I enclose a
copy of my Family Newsletter and a picture of the new plaque which
the Family have erected at Blantyre this year.
David Gordon Ferguson
CURRENT MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS:
Ordinary: £10.00; Family: £15.00; USA
$30.00; Life: £150.00
Ian J Fergusson:-