In all of the replies I have rec'd I get mixed messages. Some years ago my family had a reunion where to my good fortune I met a lot of people from the Canadian side of the family. We all say Ma(y)thers where the US counterpart says Mathers (soft a)(like you would if your mouth was stuck open or something). I have also noticed that the Irish say it as a soft a where the Scottish say it with a long a. I have spoken to a lot of people regarding this and all I can find out is that the Scottish say we are low landers and sheep stealers. Not very flattering to say the least. I am thankful for any further information I can get (good, bad or ugly). Please continue to email me the information any one of you find out. One site I found useful for the Ma(y)thers information was the "Barclay" site it gives a detail family tree on how we became a part of the caln.
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