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Background: The Old Gaelic words of "fear" and "char" combine to create the name Farquhar which means "dear one". It was a popular Celtic first-name, and was to be found all-over Scotland in the middle ages. As a surname today however the form "Farquharson"(son of Farquhar) is more common.A warrior named Fearchar Shaw founded a dynasty who took the name Farquharson. Their clan flourished in the places of Angus and Mar where the name is still to be found. The Farquharsons of Invercauld originally owned Balmoral Castle, which is now the holiday retreat for Queen Elisabeth and which was sold to Queen Victoria in the 1800s. The descendants of Farquhar, son of the third Shaw of Rothiemurchus, were known as Farquharson and settled in Aberdeenshire. The Clan was a member of the Clan Chattan Confederation. There developed many other branches of Farquharsons, notably the Farquharsons of Monaltrie and Inverey, who fought under Montrose at the Battle of Worcester (1651). Later that century, "Bonnie Dundee" had the Farquharsons' support for his forces -- including John, third Laird of Inverey, known as the Black Colonel. He is remembered in ballad and legend, and for his daring escape from the Hanoverians, supporters of the English royal family, when he rose his horse up the dangerously sheer, craggy side of the Pass of Ballater.

Variations: Barrie, Bowman, Brebner, Bremner, Christie, Christison, Christy, Coates, Coats, Coutts, Cromar, Farquhar, Farquharson, Ferries, Finalison, Findlay, Findlayson, Finlay, Finlayson, Gracie, Grassich, Grassick, Greusach, Grevsach, Hardie, Hardy, Kellas, Kerracher, Leys, Lyon, MacCaig, MacCardney, MacCartney, MacCuaig, MacEaracher, MacErchar, MacErracher, MacFarquhar, MacGuaig, MacHardie, MacHardy, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, MacKindlay, MacKinlay, MacKinley, Paterson, Reiach, Reoch, Riach, Tawse

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