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Pict Clanns of Albann


In 1697, Lord Lyon stated that John Farquharson was the lawful descendent of Shaw, son of Macduff.  So the Farquharsons branched out from Clan Shaw.  John Farquharson's son, Donald, married the heiress of Invercauld.  Finlay Mor Farquharson was killed carrying the Royal standard at Pinkie in 1547.  Thus, the Farquharsons became vassals of the Murrays as they moved into Invercauld.

In the 18th century, they became fervent supporters of the Jacobite cause, taking part in the battles of Preston, Falkirk, and Culloden.  One of their number gained notoriety as the "Black Colonel", whose deeds were celebrated in many ballads.