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An all-art and all-media deviantART group exclusive to individuals who bear the surname or maiden name of Ferguson or Fergusson, or the surname or maiden name of any septs of said clan, or who have ancestors (mother, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc) who bore the surname or maiden name of Ferguson or Fergusson, or the surname or maiden name of any septs of said clan. Women married to men who fit this description are also welcome.

Clan Ferguson is a Scots-Irish Clan of Scotland. They are one of the earliest clans to have existed, claim their origins from an eponymous ancestor ("name-father"; an individual from which a clan gains its name) named Fergus Mór mac Eirc, a 5th century Dál Riata King from Ireland who brought the Stone of Scone from Ireland to Scotland. The Stone was previous used as a coronation seat to crown the ancient High Kings of Ireland, and was later used just the same to crown the Kings and Queens of the Scottish Monarchy (and much later, the British Empire). The first of such was Fergus Mór's 9th Great-Grandson, Cináed mac Ailpín, a King of Picts (through his mother, a Pictish Queen; the Picts were matrilineal), who was hence crowned King Kenneth I, First King of Scotland. Fergus Mór effectively founded the Scottish Monarchy, and later, the British Empire. All rulers of Scotland and Great Britain, past and present, claim some kind of descent from Fergus Mór.

Clan Name: Ferguson / Ferugusson
Clan Name in Gaelic: MacFhearghuis / Clann Fhearghuis
Current Clan Seat: Kilkerran, Ayrshire, Scotland
Current Clan Chief: Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran, 9th Baronet, Chief of the Name and Arms of Fergusson
Current Chief's Coat of Arms: Azure a buckle Argent between three boars' heads couped close Or
Clan Badge: Upon a chapeau Gules furred Ermine, a bee on a thistle All Proper
Plant Badge: Little Sunflower
Official Clan Tartan: Ferguson of Atholl
Alternative Tartans Ferguson of Balquhidder (Perthshire and Dunfallandy peerages), Ferguson Dress (ladies' formal/wedding, ladies' highland dancing)

Septs (other family names) of the Clan (alphabetical, including the two spellings of the Clan itself):
Eshanian, Hemmati, Farries, Fergus, Fergushill, Ferguson, Fergussill, Fergusson, Fergie, Ferrie, Ferries, Ferris, Ferriss, Forgan, Forgie, Furgerson, Grevsack, Hardie, Hardy, Keddie, Keddle, Ketchen, Kidd, Kiddie, Kydd, MacAdie, MacCade, Madani, MacErries, MacFergus, MacFerries, MacFerris, MacFhearghuis, MacFirries, MacHerries, MacInlay, MacIrish, MacKeddie, MacKerras, MacKersey, MacKestan, MacMagnus, MacTavert

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Clan Ferguson is also a sept of Clan MacNaughton, and hence, any Ferguson/Fergusson, or anyone with a surname/maiden name of a sept of the clan, or anyone who has ancestors who are Fergusons/Fergussons, or who have surnames/maiden names that are septs of Clan Ferguson, are also entitled to wear the badge and tartans of Clan MacNaughton.
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Welcome to Clan-Fergus-deviants.

This group is going to be a unique concept I thought I'd experiment with. That is, with this group, I'll be making an attempt at catching the attention of any deviants who have Ferguson/Fergusson either as a surname or maiden name, or, have a surname or maiden name that is a sept of Clan Ferguson, or, have ancestors (mother, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc) who are have Ferguson/Fergusson as a surname or maiden name, or, have ancestors who have surnames or maiden names that are septs of Clan Ferguson. This group will give anyone who fits this description a place where they can share their art. What kind of art? ANY kind of art! The art genres accepted are global. However, while any kind of art is accepted, membership will be closely moderated so that we can make sure that members fit the mentioned description. The idea is to provide an all-art group for those who can claim to be, in some way, a member of Clan Fergus. Even women married to men who fit the description are welcome.

So how does this work, exactly? Let's start with a basic lesson on the "Clan" system of Scotland.

Long ago, the word "Clan" (Gaelic: clann) was not used so much used, so much as the word "cinneadh" [kin-EH] was used. Cinneadh, in early times, literally meant "tribe". Some people make the mistake of thinking that everyone in a clan is of blood relation, and furthermore, that they all descend by blood from the person who founded the clan. This is not true; some do, but most do not.
Essentially, a "clan" was not a "family". At least, not in the "blood relative" sense. Clans were basically groups of people - sometimes individual families - who pledged their allegiance and dependence to one or more leading families.
Often, one particular peerage of a clan claimed descent from the clan's "eponymous ancestor". Eponymous ancestor almost literally means "name father"; a single historical patriarch figure for which the clan "gained its name". However, not everybody in a clan is descended from this person.
Additionally, not everybody in a clan has the same surname.
The early Scots did not originally have surnames as we do now. They used patronymics. That is, an individual's "second name" was the genitive case of the name of their father by birth-right, prefixed in between with either "mac" (son of) for a boy, or "inghean" (daughter of) for a girl. Some women, upon marriage, replaced their patronymic with "ban" (wife of) followed by the genitive case of their husband's name.
However, somewhere around the 14th or 15th century, the English passed a bill called the "Act of Union", which eliminated this tradition, making any "patroymic" a person already had at the time their "permanent surname", so as to be passed down to all future generations of their family.
That said, we come to the point of "septs". Septs were family names which were dependants of one or more clans. Sometimes a sept was not a clan of its own. Sometimes it was. Sometimes it was a sept of more than one clan.
There were a number of ways a sept could be formed within a clan;
1.) An unaligned family looking for help could join a clan as their sept.
2.) A clan would save the lives of one or more important people from an unaligned family; their allegiance as a sept was reward.
3.) An unaligned family would offer gift, payment or tribute, or special promise, such as a wife, money, land, livestock, workers, supplies, artisan services, food, or allegiance in battle, as incentive to join a clan as their sept.
4.) A member of a clan was affected by the Act of Union, and their new permanent surname hence becomes a sept of the clan.
5.) Census errors on the spelling of an individual's surname; the new "erroneous surname" hence becomes a sept of the clan.
6.) Some Scottish surnames were never patronymics, instead being geographic or occupational surnames, such as "Fleming" (a Scottish surname of Belgian-Dutch origin, referring to the "Flemish" people of Flanders. A sept of Clan Murray), or "Fletcher" (both a clan itself, and a sept of Clan Gregor; an occupational surname referring to one who makes archery arrows). Sometimes, individual families within a clan would decide to "adopt their own surname", but also decide to remain as a sept of their parent clan. Hence, the newly spawned surname becomes a sept of the clan.

And there are probably other ways a sept could be formed within a clan, too.

So, a clan is really more like a "really big gang" in crude layman's terms. "A bunch of people watching each others' backs", with one main family as 'the boss family'.

So, if...

1.) Your surname or maiden name is Ferguson/Fergusson
or
2.) Your surname or maiden name is a sept of Clan Fergus
or
3.) You have ancestors (mother, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc) whose surnames or maiden names are Ferguson/Fergusson
or
4.) You have ancestors whose surnames or maiden names are septs of Clan Fergus
or
5.) You are the wife of a man who's surname is Ferguson/Fergusson, or a sept of Clan Fergus.

Then: You may feel free to join

Septs of Clan Fergus (in alphabetical order, including the two spellings of the clan itself):
Eshanian, Hemmati, Farries, Fergus, Fergushill, Ferguson, Fergussill, Fergusson, Fergie, Ferrie, Ferries, Ferris, Ferriss, Forgan, Forgie, Furgerson, Grevsack, Hardie, Hardy, Keddie, Keddle, Ketchen, Kidd, Kiddie, Kydd, MacAdie, MacCade, Madani, MacErries, MacFergus, MacFerries, MacFerris, MacFhearghuis, MacFirries, MacHerries, MacInlay, MacIrish, MacKeddie, MacKerras, MacKersey, MacKestan, MacMagnus, MacTavert

How do I join?:
Simply click on the "Join our Group" button at the top of the group page. When the box pops up, just type in a brief and straight-forward explanation of how you're member of Clan Fergus, and click submit. You'll need to wait until we can accept your application. Please be patient. Blank applications, spam applications, and applications that do not explain your connection to the clan, will be declined. You do not need to give us your full real name; if your actual surname/maiden name is a sept of Clan Fergus, then simply the surname/maiden name by itself is enough. No first names necessary.

Looking forward to meeting some clansfolk, and seeing their art. :)

Slàinte!

~"Seumas"
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LykkiRykki Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hi, I may not be Fergus but am an American member of the Elliotts (great grandmother's maiden name was Elliott.) and would like to know if it's okay if your group inspired me to make my own Clan group. 
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MyCanadianTartan Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artist
Came across your page, found it overall interesting be nice if you posted something in it though :)
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