Septs of Clan Farquharson
The use of the word “septs” in referring to Scottish Clans is a bit of a misnomer. Historically septs referred to branches of the Clan. In modern use, sept means nothing more than a family that is associated with the Clan. Only the Chief of the Clan can decide what names are associated with the Clan.
Clan Farquharson is associated with the following surnames: Barrie, Bowman, Bremner, Christie, Coutts, Cromar, Don, Downie, Farquhar, Farquharson, Ferres, Finlay, Finlayson, Grassick, Hardie, Kellas, Leys, Lyon, MacCaig, MacCartney, MacCuaig, MacErchar, MacFarquhar, MacHardie, MacJock, MacKinlay, Paterson, Reach, Tawse, and Waite.
For further information on the surname excerpts from George Black’s “Surnames of Scotland” are provided, along with some of the variant spellings. There are a number of surnames with long histories of relationships with Clan Farquharson that have not been added to the official list. These names may be added in the future with work through the Chief of the Clan. These names include: Alford, Achenhove, Brown, Buckie, Bunzeon, Cay, Candvane, Carnequhen, Cattanach, Chree, Clearch, Cloak, Clune, Clinter, Colston, Dagg, Dee, Dorward, Dow, Ego, Glennie, Kellock, MacCarly, MacFuktor, Mellis, Michie, Morgan, Reekie, Rust, Skaid, Sleaster, Sleigh, Strathdee, Testard, Tester, Tough, Wardle, Wood.
The 1696 Poll Book for Aberdeenshire is a unique insight to the Kindrochit Parish (the modern Braemar area). It can be viewed here.