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"Farquhar" is considered to be a noble name because, like many noble names, it has been tracked throughout history; family members have been carefully documented and recorded as to who was born from whom and when. I am grateful to be able to benefit from such a wealth of information. I have a deep gratitude for the people who have kept the records and the stories alive.

By working with family stories and documents, (known as the "paper trail") and the sequencing of DNA, much has come forth and I have come to a very interesting juncture..... Is the name Highland Scottish from the Farquharsons of Invercauld, Scotland, (which family documents state) or are we connected to Lowland Scot from Ayrshire and the Farquhars of Gilmilnscroft, and of course there is the Ulster-Scot to consider as people went back and forth between Ireland and Scotland, but it seems even they still search for Scottish origins....? And then there is the curious linguistic link, which I hold and ponder respectfully, to the Persians....


Our name has a classic Persian equivalent: Forouhar which matches with Faravahar, which to me, has great significance and meaning. And then there is the mysterious mountain in the Highlands of Scotland called, Mhic Fhearchair Triple Butte.

The Scots do not name mountains by chance, and so I wonder who the Triple Buttes are named for? Perhaps the butte honors the first Farquhar, or Ferchar, (Fhearchair, Ferquhard, Ferchard, etc.) that arises in the area? If so, I have found a few different sources to contemplate.

1. Ferchard, (Farquhar) father of Fergus, seems to be the first and earliest time the name appears. I quote from John Fordun's Chronicle of Scottish Nation, "Fergus, son of Ferchard, the first king of the Scots, begins to reign in Scotia." … "Another quote: "In the old Scottish Chronicles, under the head of Fergus 1st, is the following entry: 'Fergus mac Ferchard, a prince from Ireland reigned from 380 to 305 BC. ' There is a possibility that he may be the one, even though historians now call him "mythological" and seek to remove him from the books.

2. Ferchar Foda (Farquhar the Tall) is said to have died c.697 and was probably king of the Cenél Loairn of Dál Riata, in Scotland, and perhaps of all Dál Riata. His father is named as Feredach mac Fergusa and he was said to be a descendant in the 6th generation of Loarn mac Eirc. Loarn and his brother, Fergus, were the earliest kings of the Dalriadic Scots. Both born in Ireland, they left their homelands for Scotland (Alban) and crossed into Kintyre, known as the "Headland" in the 6th century. This region is home to the Farquhars of Gilmilnscroft, (Kyle, Ayrshire) and some say their origins lie with Ferchar (Farquhar) Foda.

More on Ferchar Foda: By a revolution, the sceptre was transferred to Fearchar FADA the Long, the great-great grandson of LORNE, and who reigned from A.D. 677 to 697. From his line, some of the most powerful thanes and clans of Scotland trace their descent, with the most famous being MACBETH, who is said to be a direct descendent, and who on his mother's side, is traced back to Aedhan MC GABHRAN.

Ferchar Foda's sons Ainbcellach and Selbach were kings of Dál Riata and his descendants included Mac Bethad mac Findláich (Shakespeare's Macbeth).

DNA sequencing is opening up the Dark Ages (400-900 AD) with specific focus on the region of Kintyre. Much history is being revealed as we speak and it is not necessarily what we have been taught.

3. Farquhar MacTaggart, or Ferchar mac in tSagairt - son of the priest, was the first Mormaer or Earl of Ross (1223–1251). In 1234, the traditional progenitor of the clan, Farquhar Mac an t-Sagairt, (lay abbot of Applecross) was created the first O'Beolan Earl of Ross by Alexander II of Scotland for suppressing the uprisings in Moray and Ross. The Earls of Ross became the most powerful of all the Highland chiefs in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the Earldom one of the most influential in Scotland.

4. And last, but not least are the Farquharsons who begin with the Duff Family Line which moves into MacDuff (which has relations with MacBeth), Shaw, Chatten, Mackintosh, and eventually, Farquhar Shaw, progenitor of the Farquharsons, but beholding to Finlay (Findlaich)….

The stories are still unfolding as more DNA frequency is tested everyday.