The Clan Macpherson Association (CMA) is a world-wide
organisation with objectives that include:
- promoting and fostering the Clan spirit and life of
the Clan at home and abroad
- keeping Clansfolk in touch with one another in all
parts of the world
- encouraging the study and preservation of the
history, folk-lore, literature, music, treasures and traditions of the Clan
To find out how we set out to achieve those aims, read
below and browse this site. If you are a Macpherson (or MacPherson or
McPherson) or from one of our many
Associated Families, join us.
Details can be found on this site.
Started in 1947 by a group of clansmen in Scotland, the CMA
now has a world-wide membership, from New Zealand to Sweden, from the United
States of America to Borneo, with its traditional heartland being Badenoch in
Scotland. Where a country has a sufficient density of membership local
branches maintain local contact, but whether a member of a branch or not, we are
all part of the Clan Macpherson Association. Branches operate in
Australia, Canada, England & Wales, New Zealand, Scotland and the United
States of America. Branches have their own pages on this site, and they can be
accessed from the menu on the left.
The name Macpherson, MacPherson, or McPherson, according
to the spelling preferred by individual families, comes from the Gaelic
Mac-a-Phearsain and means literally "Son of the Parson". Mhuirich Cattanach,
Fourth Chief of Clan Chattan, was made Parson of Kingussie, and his second son was
the first to be called Macpherson.
The banner header shows several places of significance
to the Macphersons. From the left these are: the view of the River Spey
from Cluny's Cave where he hid after Culloden, the Clan House in Newtonmore
which houses the Clan Macpherson Museum, and the hill in Badenoch called Creag
Dhubh, from which the Macpherson war cry is derived. On the left of the header is our (the CMA's) Coat of Arms and, on the right, the CMA Badge.
As well as local Branch activities, the Gathering is held each year in Badenoch, where members from all over the world come together to dance, sing, talk and enjoy each other's company. This happens on
the first full weekend in August, and coincides with the Newtonmore Highland
Games, our "own" games.
The Cairn, to the left, is a symbol of our world-wide
spread with a foothold for all in the root of our families. Built on Macpherson
ground in Badenoch, it is constructed of stone from all around the world, sent
by Macphersons from where they live.
To give commitment to our objective of preserving our
history, the CMA owns and runs the Clan Macpherson Museum, also in Badenoch, in
the town of Newtonmore. You can find information about the museum, and make a
virtual visit and tour, by following the link on the menu.