FERGUS-related surnames from George F Black. The Surnames of Scotland.


FERGIE. A reduction of FERGUSON, q.v. Patrick Fergie in Edrintoun-mylne, 1671, and four more in the same record (Lauder). In 1508 Fergy.


FERGUS G. Fearghus, MG. Feargus, Fergus, OIr. Fergus (grandfather of St Columba). The names is cognate with Cymric Gwr-gwst, Old Bret. Uuorgost, and Pictish Forcus. The Pictish form is also found on the inscribed monument found at St Vigeans in Angus, and the writer of the unique Gaelic charter of 1408 writes it Fercos. In the list of Pictish kings (CPS., p.7,8) it is also written Urguist, Wirguist, and Wrguist. It means "super choice," from *Ver-gustu-s, the suffix being the same as in the personal name ANGUS, q.v. It is now rare as a surname having been corrupted to Ferries, etc. James Fergus, burgess of Culross, 1582 (Pitfirrane, 776). See MACFERRIES and MACKERRAS.   

FERGUSON, Fergusson. An Anglicising of MACFERGUS, q.v. In the "Roill of the clannis that he captanes, cheifffis and chiftanes quome on thay depend." 1587, the Fergussons are classed among the septs of Mar and Atholl (APS., III, p.466). Auchingassyle was leased to Donald filius Fergucii, 1376 (RHM., I, p.iv). Robert I granted certain lands in Ayrshire to Fergus, son of Fergus, and in 1466 John Fergusson resigned a portion of his estate to Fergus Fergusson [of Kilkerran], his son, and Janet Kennedy, his spouse. Alan Fergussii (the Latin genetive form) was burgess of Glasgow, 1422 (LCD, p.242). Mychel Fargisone was admitted burgess of Dunfermline, 1499 (DBR., 100). Alexander Feresoun (=Ferguson) was one of the tenants of Estir Mecra (Easter Micras), 1539  (ER., XVII, p.659). James Fargusoun was put in ward for taking part in a medieval play in Perth, 1581 (Mill, Plays, p.279). The name is widely scattered and there is no evidence for an original connection of the Atholl, Aberdeenshire and Ayrshire families. Robert Ferguson "the Plotter," Robert Fergusson, the poet, and Adam Ferguson, the historian and philosopher, were amongst the most eminent persons of the name. Farguesoun 1591, Fargusone 1501, Fergowsone 1597, Forgusoun 1631.


FERRES, FERRIES, FERRIS. From (MAC)-FERRIES, q.v., or simply a corruption of FERGUS, q.v. Old (17th century) spellings are Feres, Ferres, Phires, Pheres, and Ferries. By local usage in Aberdeenshire Ferris is a contraction of Ferguson (Rev. A.B. GRosart). Ferries also occurs as a diminutive of FARQUHARSON.


[Black does not even take on the common Scottish name Ferry or Ferrie, which presumably often relates to places where there were Ferry boats. But that the -s can be dropped in Ferres seems obvious, given that it happened in Fergus-> Fergie.]


FORGIE. (1) may be from Forgie near Montrose. (2) a corruption of Fergie (FERGUS), as Forgieson for FERGUSON, Alexander Forgie in Newton Stewart, 1763 (Wigtown).


FURGESON. A surname in Dornoch. A corrupt form of FERGUSON, q.v.


FURRY. Thomas Furry, a tenant of Cowbyre, 1463, was tenant in Grange of Balbrogy in Angus, 1468, and James Furry was tenant in Balgreschach, 1473 (Cupar-Angus, I, p. 139, 143, 176). Cf. FURUY.


FURUY. John de Furuy, chaplain of the cathedral church of Aberdeen, 1366 (REA., II, p.176). Cf. FURRY.


MACFERGUS, "son of Fergus," q.v., from the unaspirated form of the name. Johannes filius Fergusii witnessed a royal charter of the lands of Dalmakeran c. 1316-18 (Annandale, I. p.132). A charter granted in 1485 to the abbot of Iona by consent of the Lord of the Isles and his council is witnessed by ... Colinus Fergusii [i.e. Cailean Mac Fhearghuis], p.300). Morice Macgillafuirgy, 1455, = Moricius Fergussi (HP., IV, p. 181, 184). M'Fargus 1575.


MACFERRIES. G. MacFhearghuis (Fear'uis), "son of FERGUS," q.v. Andreas McFeris, one of the king's tenants in Crethnard, Strathdee, 1527-39 (Grant, III, p.68; ER., XVII, p. 658). Patrick McFers, tenant in Easter Micras (Estir Mecra), 1539 (ER., XVII, p. 659). Katherine M'Ferries, who was accused of witchcraft in Aberdeen, 1597, also appears in record without "Mac" (SCM., I. p.182, 184). Thomas McPhereis in Crathinhard is mentioned in 1603, and John Bane McPhires in the same place, 1643 (RSCA., II, p.31; III, p. 14). The name also occurs in seventeenth-century records as M'Pheires, Feres, Phires, Pheres, and Ferries.


MACKERRAS. From G. M'Fhear'us for fuller MacFhearghuis, "son of FERGUS," q.v. Duncan M'Karas or M'Keras, tenant of Kernach or Nerynach, Strogartnay, in 1483, appears again in 1499 as McKervis (ER., IX, p.594, 621; XI, p.416). John McKerris of Kentyr is mentioned in 1519 (Cawdor, p. 130). Willelmus McRobert McKerwyss and Finlaius McRobert McKerwyss were parishioners of Duthil, 1537 (Grant, III, p.269). In 1547 the lands of Stronechreiffiche in the bailliary of Cowell were granted to Makane V'Kerris and Gillebarchane his son, and four years later Gillebarchane was seised in the same lands (OPS., II, p.p78). Johne M'Kearrois appears in Inverness, 1575 (Mill, Plays, p.257), and Finlay McDonchy McKerris apparent of Glenselche, a charter witness in 1582 (Poltalloch Writs, p.135). John Roy Mcfergus appears in Balloch, 1585 (FB., p. 357, 365). Alexander M'Kerras in Bollimenoch was denounced rebel in 1675 (HP., I, p.297), Callum McKerreis held a kerrowrane in Islay, 1686 (Bk. Islay, p.492), and John McKerrois and Donald McKerrois were tenants in Carabollis in the same year (ibid. p.517). Donald Mackeroes of Glenselloch was one of those charged with part in massacre of Lamonts at Dunoon, 1646 (Lamont, 786). Duncan M'Kerres in Damadie, a Glenurquhay vassal, 1638 (BBT., p.403), John Bain Mc erras and Patrick Mc erras, rebels in parish of Strachur, 1685 (Commons, p.11). Catherine M'Karras appears in Edinburgh, 1688 (Edinb. Marr.), and Donald M'Kerash was tenant in Corspollan, 1730 (Isles). Sir Walter Scott, referring to his friend Captain (afterwards Sir) Adam Ferguson, described him as a Highlander whose forbears were known as "M'Erries." The Mackerras's or Fergussons Glensellich and adjacent parts about Strachur were an old race, and are numerous in that parish to this day (HP., IV, p26-27). Daniel Fergusson the last of the family who held the lands died in 1805. M«arish 1671, M'Herreis 1677, MacHerries 1661, McHerres 1608, McKaras and McKearass 1692, Mc Keraish 1662.

herefore I have restricted myself to forms ending with -y or -ie: with g on the one hand and without on the other.