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Norman George McPherson MStJ, CLJ, KHT, OMLJ, , CSt.N, OSS 伝説の侍 FSA Scot

Shield: Per fess Or and Gules, a barrulet wavy Argent fimbriated above Sable between in base a lymphad oars in action of the First sails furled and rigging all Proper flags and pennons Argent and in chief a Highland targe Proper charged at its centre with a wildcat salient Or between a dexter hand couped at the wrist grasping a dirk erect and a cross crosslet fitchée of the Second.

Crest: A demi cat-a-mountain rampant guardant Proper grasping a pole bearing a banner Azure


Matriculated: The Court of the Lord Lyon, 11th March 2015.

With a McPherson surname, my Arms required significant and recognisable content from the Arms of Clan Macpherson. This was accomplished using the basic design of the personal Arms of the chief of the clan where main elements were retained, changes made, and additional items added for personal individualisation.

A targe bearing a salient wildcat in the centre representing McBain was incorporated representing my maternal grandmother ancestry which had a strong influence in my heritable line. Placed between the dexter hand couped at the wrist grasping a bloody dagger (this was given to Clan Macpherson by King Robert the Bruce for their loyalty) and the cross crosslet fitchée (Designating the religious heritage of Macpherson, “Son of the Parson”, defining the line from Muiriach the Parson of the original Clan of the Cat). In order to accomplish this the lymphad was contained wholly in the base. I changed the blue (azure) background to red (Gulles) with the lymphad bearing white (Argent) pennon and flags being the red and white colours of the city of my birth, Aberdeen.

Favoured among the various suggestions behind the lymphad in the base is that it represents the galley of the “Catty Clan” forerunner of the Clans of the Cat, a nomadic tribe in Europe, which set sail from Germany ahead of the conquering Roman armies and landed in the North of Scotland.

A wavy separation between the chief and the base, Argent, represented the importance of the sea within my working career in the merchant navy and 32 years in the oil industry both off and onshore. As no two metals can touch each other a separation was required between the Gold (Or) background of the chief and the wavy line, so black (sable) was chosen to comply with heraldry laws and represented oil floating on the water.

Knowing Lord Lyon favoured armigers using their native language and dialect the Doric motto “Ca Canny Till Ye Ken” (Display caution until you know) continued the theme of the Clan Macpherson motto “Touch Not the Cat but a Glove” (Do not touch the cat whose claws are unsheathed) warning of the ferocity of the Clan. With the relevance of the wildcat and my position of personal Bannerman to the Chief, a demi-cat holding a banner was my choice of crest. Long debate resulted in compromise with Lord Lyon Dr Joseph Morrow to colour the banner with solely Azure (blue) which I could then fringe with Gold (Or) giving two identity indicators showing main colour changes from Cluny’s arms to mine and both his colours.

The artist is Anthony Maxwell.

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