Clan Ferguson of Kilkerran in Ayrshire and Dunfallandy in Athol, Scotland, derived from the Gaelic Mac Fhaerghuis, meaning son of the bold. The Fergussons of Argyll claim descent from Fergus Mor mac Erc of Antrim in Ireland, and who founded the kingdom of Dalriada in Argyll, circa 500 A.D. The Fergussons of Ayrshire and Dumfries are more likely to have descended from Fergus, Prince of Galloway, who died in 1160. Another possible ancestor is Fergus of Kilkerran, who witnessed a charter of Edward Bruce in 1314. By 1600, most Fergussons in the south recognised Kilkerran as their chief. Sir John Fergusson of Kilkerran fought for the Crown during the Civil War. His grandson, Sir John’s grandsons to restore the family fortunes. Sir John Fergusson was created a Baronet of Nova Scotia in November 1703. His son, James, was a judge and created Baron Kilkerran. General Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran, seventh Baronet, was a distinguished soldier who served as a major general in the Great War. The Fergussons of Dunfallandy supported both Jacobite Risings.
Arms: Azure, a buckle argent, between three boars' heads couped or.
Crest: On a chapeau gules turned up ermine, a bee on a thistle proper.
Motto: Dulcius ex asperis (Sweeter after difficulties).