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John MacPherson 1745 - 1810 Kintyre, Argyllshire, Scotland
Posted by: Connie McKenzie (ID *****3835) Date: February 27, 2007 at 10:28:59
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MACPHERSON LINE #13 - DNA TEST KIT #N29899 This is a 12 marker DNA kit. Haplogroup R1b1 is the most common in European populations.

We need more people from this MacPherson line to join the DNA project. Please contact MacPherson DNA Project Co - Administrator Connie McKenzie directly for more information --

#1 JOHN MACPHERSON (1745-1810) a farmer at Laigh Gortanafaull, Kintyre, Argyllshire , Scotland . He married MARY MACALESTER.
#2 ANGUS MACPHERSON, b. 1776 Scotland
#3 JOHN MACPHERSON Jr. (1809-1856) Scotland, married FLORA MCGILL (1812-1884). They lived in a now-vanished place called Drimavou, near Tayinloan, members of Killean Church . In 1859 after JOHN'S death, FLORA MCGILL MACPHERSON emigrated to Ontario with her seven children.

The information below is copied from the above listed website and give some history on the family of this MacPherson DNA Project participant.

As for the Kintyre Peninsula, there is no richer area for Prehistoric and Celtic archaeology. It was near the Mull of Kintyre that St. Columba arrived from Ireland in 574 AD, bringing Christianity to Scotland . Somerled, buried at Saddell Abbey, overcame the Vikings to claim "The Lordship of the Isles" in Kintyre, and so began the epic saga of the reign of the MacDonalds.

The fugitive wanderings of Robert the Bruce are the stuff of Kintyre folklore. The site where once stood Dunaverty Castle marks the location of Scotland's forgotten, but most heinous massacre (far worse than Glencoe) when in 1647 Campbell power under the Marquis of Argyll and Leslie's Covenanters finally ended the MacDonald's influence in Kintyre. It was at Campbeltown Cross that the Earl of Argyll initiated his unsuccessful rebellion against King James II.

Prominent names amongst the families who held land under the tack (i.e. lease) from Largie were Stewart, MACPHERSON, McAllister, MacKinlay and McEachern, and as the system disappeared the tenant farmer status came into being.

The names McGill, McKinnon, McLean, MacKinlay, Gillies, Taylor , MACPHERSON, McCarmaig, Sillars, Bell , Blue, McMurchy, McKay, McLarty, McBride and McCaog appear as local farmers who made purchases from the store owned by Robert McNiven near the village of Muasdale . Almost all of the above family names have disappeared from the area but descendants are to be found in America , Canada , Australia and New Zealand .

The MACPHERSON family had Drumavon and the adjacent lands round Rhunahaorine on tack from Largie. There were two rows of houses comprising this small township and at one period the names, McKinlay, Jameson, McMillan, McLean, McCallum and McKinven are to be seen as living there in the recording of the births of children from 1786 onwards. FLORA MCGILL, widow of JOHN MACPHERSON, the last tenant, emigrated with her young family in 1859. Descendants held high office in insurance and banking in Canada .

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