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ArmsAzure, a lymphad sails furled oars in action Or flagged argent with a saltire also azure, on a chief Or an ivy leaf vert between a dexter had couped grasping a dagger point upwards and a cross-crosslet fitchée gules all within a bordure also gules.
CrestA demi-cat rampant guardant ppr. holding in his dexter paw an ivy leaf vert.

The arms and crest are based on those of the chief of the Clan MacPherson of Cluny: the galley, the hand holding the dagger and the cross-crosslet are all components of the Cluny arms. The galley can either be that of Lorne or derived from the lymphad in the arms of the Lord of the Isles. Here it flies a white banner charged with a blue saltire representing the provincial flag of Nova Scotia. The cross-crosslet indicates an ecclesiastical origin of the clan in overthrowing the Comyns, enemies of Robert the Bruce. The ivy leaf is the plant badge of the Clan Gordon, while the red bordure is a sign of cadency.

Granted1955 (Court of Lord Lyon) to Revd. A Gordon MacPherson. 1985 (College of Arms)
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