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The Morrison family.

The Morrison Clan

Our branch of the Morrison clan come from the north east area of Scotland.   It is believed that they were not related to those who came from the Western Isles.   But who knows.

Morrisons of mainland Scotland

The surname Morrison is derived from the patronymic form of the personal name Morris. This personal name is a variant of Maurice, and was quite popular in the Middle Ages. Many of the mainland and lowland Morrisons derived their name this way. The Morrisons of Perth and Lennox derive their surname in this way.

Within the north-east of Scotland, the Morisons of Bognie, in Aberdeenshire, are the principal ‘Morrison’ family. They are thought to be unrelated to the west coast (and Hebridean) Morrisons. The first laird of Bognie was Alexander, whose son married Christian Urquhart, Viscountess Frendraught. The current representative of the family is Alexander Gordon Morison of Bogie, 13th Baron of Bognie. Until the last century, this family was the principal armigerous ‘Morrison’ family. The family first gained the Bognie estate in the first part of the 17th century.

We can trace our branch of the family back to the north of Scotland circa 1710.  On October 12th 1746 there was a baptism of William Morrison, son of John Morrison whose occupation was given as a servant.   William’s mother was Jannet McKay.  The baptism took place in the Parish of Killearnan which is about 6 miles north of Inverness and 5 miles northeast of Beauly.

Killearnan Church of Scotland today

The baptism record of our 6th great grandfather William Morrison, son of John Morrison and Jannet McKay

William Morrison married…….and had a son  John, named after his own father as was the norm in those days,  who  was born in the year 1770 in Durness in Sutherland on 23rd April 1770.

In auld Scots the birth of John Morrison our 4th great grandfather

John marries Catherine McKenzie  and they have son Angus.

The death certificate of Angus Morrison

Angus was in  the Army

Angus Morrison could speak Gaelic and English. He was born in Tarbert


In the Army Barracks Perth 1871. This same census tells us that dauhter Marrion was born at Sea and that son Alex was born in the East Indies

Marriage of George Morrison to Elizabeth Cowie 1863 Aberdeen, Scotland

Birth Angus Morrison, Edinburgh Castle, our great grandfather.





The brutal legacy of the mid- late 18th and early 19th centuries are still etched in the minds of the people of the Highlands today. Man’s inhumanity was brought sharply into focus, when entire communities were swept away so that the land could be sold off to southern sheep farmers.

The new monument in remembrance of the Highland Clearances

Orders given were an attempt to eradicate the Clan and Highland way of life as well as capturing the Prince who was in hiding. This is quite an accurate assumption, but after researching the subject I found that it was only the tip of the ice-berg and only the beginning to what is known as the “Highland Clearances”. I hope the web pages covering the subject can be enlightening and give a more in depth understanding and feeling, as well as being eye opening to the truths, the atrocities, of events and true accounts of what actually happened, which made the Highland Clearances so notorious.uring what became known as the ”Highland Clearances”, it was not just a hundred or so victims who suffered eviction, but tens of thousands of men, women and children alike  often violently, from their homes to make way for large scale sheep farming. It is fair to say that, had it not been for the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Culloden and the actions that were carried out by the Duke of Cumberland on behalf of the English/British crown that the Highland Clearances may never have come to the same fruition or grown to the same extent in which they had. Although the aftermath of Culloden was a major factor, emigration had actually begun after the 1715 Rising, it is also fair to say that some Clan Chief’s and Landowners had been dealing with foreign landowners some years earlier although these were on a very small scale compared to what would happen in years to come.

Angus Morrison marries  Mary or Marion McKay.   By the time of their marriage the Highland Clearances were in full force and our great grandfathers moved to the coast.   Our family settled in Tongue and in the village of Midtown.   Angus became a fisherman of the Herring.

John Morrison is my 4th great grandfather born in Tongue in Sutherland


1841 CENSUS SHOWING our direct line in Tongue in Sutherland

the next ten years later shows us that Angus was a herring fisherman

Angus and Mary have several children but our direct line was George Morrison who marries  Elizabeth Cowie in Aberdeen on 13th October 1863.    George was a soldier in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders and much of the time he was away from home. We know he was in India in the year 1869 and that their daughter Marion was born at Sea.  On his return to Scotland  he was based in Perth and later at Edinburgh Castle where his son Angus was born in 1871.

census showing Angus living in Perth Army Barracks

This census also tells us that Marion was born at sea in the year 1864 and her younger brother Alex. was born at sea whilst the army made its way to India.

93rd Highlanders

Information about the Uniform


Tongue, Sutherland, roots of our branch of the Morrison family

By 1891 he was living in the Lawnmarket and out of the army but this census shows son Angus in the Navy.  The census also tells us that Angus was born in Sunderlandshire and that he spoke the Gaelic.   His wife and our great granny was born in Portsoy which is a wee fishing village not far from the Elgin area

census showing George Morrison with Elizabeth Cowie and son Angus.

The Kyle of Tongue in Sutherland, where our Morrison line originate

The 93rd Highland Sutherlanders were deployed in India for many years and as the following shows they returned to Leith in 1870.

a bit about the 93rd when our gggrandad was serving

Memorial to the 93rd and their part in the Indian Mutiny


Peggy Morrison with Joe Quilietti 1945


The year was 1945 and Joe had returned from war.   They both had met of course during the war and we know that it was near Greyfriar’s Bobby.

Peggy worked as a Manageress in a tobacconist nearby.

Peggy was born on 17th May 1926 in Chessell’s Court, Canongate, Edinburgh.  She was one of a large family whose parents were Alexander Morrison and Helen Denholm Crawford.

Alex. Morrison

Helen Denholm Crawford

Her fathe ,Alex. Morrison was born on 10th April 1902 at 2 Blackfriar’s Street, Edinburgh.    Blackfriar’s Street is off the High Street and No. 2 is the  first tenement when you turn from the High Street into Blackfriar’s Street.  The street then  descends into the Cowgate.  Blackfriars StreetAlex. married Helen Denholm Crawford on 28th January 1921 at Lady Glenorchy Church in Edinburgh.  Alex. was in the Gordon Highlanders at the time, age 18, and stationed at Maryhill Barracks in Glasgow.

They lived for a while in Chessel’s Court, Canongate where their eldest children were born.

Chessel's court today

In 1936 a new housing project was underway at Niddrie in Edinburgh.  The cramped old town houses with shared sanitation and no hot water was soon to be swapped over for these new council homes.  The houses were designed with space in mind.    The layout of the scheme was to give maximum sunlight to the homes.  The houses were to be built in blocks of houses in a square of oblong configuration allowing the sunshine to be always present in some part of the large back areas.  There were large drying greens for people to dry their clothes.  The fronts of the houses would have gardens and the streets would be wide enough to allow sunshine to make its way around at some time of the day. The houses were built mainly with a livingroom, kitchen, two or three bedrooms and a bathroom with indoor sanitation and hot running water which was heated through coal fired back boilers.  These houses were luxurious indeed and with smaller ceilings were easier to heat than the high ceilings in the old town.  There was also schools for both denominations to be built.Ma Morrison age 44
Niddrie housing

So they moved to 50 Niddrie Mains Terrace and this is where the Morrison family lived and remained until the death of Ma Morrison in 1980.

Alex. Morrison, Joe Quilietti and Podge Morrison

Helen and Alex had thirteen children and too many to count grandchildren.


Grandad Alex. Morrison

Alex’s dad was Angus Morrison who was born on 28th August 1871 in Edinburgh Castle


Edinburgh Castle birthplace of Angus Morrison

Alex’s father, George Morrison, was living in the barracks at the time after their return from serving abroad, but none the less it is a prestigious address for anyone.   Alex’s mother was Margaret Brady, Irish by descent, and she was born in 1876.  Angus was a Private in the Cameron Highlanders.  The 1891 cencus tells us that Angus was born in Tarbet, Inverness-shire.  He is listed with all his regiment.

Angus Morrison’s dad was George Morrison and he was born in the year 1835 in Sutherlandshire, Scotland.   George married Elizabeth Cowie on 13th October 1863 in King Street, Aberdeen in Scotland.  George was also an army man and served in the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders.  At the time of their marriage George was stationed at the Military Barracks in Aberdeen in Scotland.  His wife Elizabeth Cowie was also from Aberdeen and lived at 3 Park Street in the City.

George Morrison’s dad was Angus Morrison who was born in 1815 in Aberdeen in Scotland.   He married Mary McKay. Angus was a Farmer as described on the marriage certificate of George in 1863.  Angus Morrison is the 3rd great grandfather of Helen Rose Quilietti.


Margaraet Brady married Angus Morrison.  Her father was John Brady and he was in the Merchant Navy.  He married Annie Murray.     Margaret died in 1927 in Longmore Hospital, Edinburgh.   Her usual residence was 13 North St. James’ Street, Edinburgh.


The Morrison Tartans are numerous and because there were two different clan Morrisons, one from Aberdeen and Inverness, and one from the Isles, then we must assume that each had their own.

The CLAN MEMBERS’ BADGE consists of the Chief’s Crest within a strap and buckle bearing the Chief’s Motto. By wearing it, the clan member acknowledges himself to be a follower of the owner of the crest. The crest is a part of Dr. Iain Morrison’s personal heraldic achievement. Technically speaking, it is not the clan crest and one should not claim it as my crest.

The Chief’s Arms include a motto above the crest (TEAGHLACH PHABBAY) and a slogan (DUN EISTEIN) in a compartment below the shield. This was done to encompass both the Harris and Lewis branches of the family. Dr. Iain Morrison traces his lineage to Phabbay, and TEAGHLACH PHABBAY (the family of Phabbay) is his personal motto.


The Morrison family have indeed a long lineage and their family go back for hundreds of years.  There are two main strains of the Morrison clan in Scotland.  Our family come from the Aberdeenshire Clan.   They were known as the Morrisons of Bognie. This sept of the clan originated from the Norsemen and in particular one called Maurice, which means dark skinned    He was an early Christian Saint.  The name became common in the 14th century in the Aberdeenshire area of Scotland.  This clan has apparently no connection with the septs in the southern Hebridies

The Origins Of Clan Morrison

There is little in the way of historical information on the origins of Clan Morrison. It is generally accepted that the hereditary judges, or brieves, of the Isle of Lewis were chiefs of the clan until that office disappeared in the early 1600’s. The seat of the brieves was at Habost in Ness, near the Butt of Lewis. One tradition is that this line of brieves were descended from a Morrison heiress of the original line and a Macdonald of Ardnamurchan who married her in the 1300’s. The Morrisons of Harris claim to be of the original line.

The Gaelic name of the Morrisons is Mac Ghille Mhoire, which means “son of the servant of the Virgin Mary.” Gille Mhoire was once a common name in Gaelic-speaking areas since it was the practice to name children after Christian saints in this fashion. The choice of the saint’s name may have been connected with the name of the local church, and there were more churches named after the Virgin Mary than any other saint. Other examples of names that developed this way include Gilbride, for St. Bridgit, and Malcolm, for St. Columba.

The one-time popularity of the name Gille Mhoire probably accounts for the origin of a number of independent Morrison families along the western coast of Scotland. Depending on regional patterns, the name was also modernized in other ways, including Gilmour, McIlmorrow and McIlvory, and is found in Ireland and the Isle of Man as well.

The name Morrison probably originally developed to denote a “son of Maurice [pronounced Morris].” Maurice was a name brought to Scotland by the Normans about 1000 years ago. A number of different Morrison families in Scotland likely obtained their name in this way. The popularity of this name in the Lowland areas resulted in it sometimes being used to anglicize a Gaelic name such as Mac Ghille Mhoire.

The seat of the Morrisons of Harris was at Pabbay (Gaelic:Pabaigh), a small island off the coast. One branch of this family were hereditary armorers to the MacLeods, who were the dominant clan of the Isle of Harris. It is from the Morrisons of Pabbay that our current chief descends. It is interesting to note that one of the two churches on Pabbay was namedTeampull Mhoire, or “Mary’s Church.”

Some genealogies of the MacLeods claim that their progenitor, Leod, was a son of Olaf the Black, King of Man. The Kilbride Manuscript, dated about 1550, gives a genealogy of the MacLeods that includes the name Oilmoir in the family. Later versions render this name as Gillemuire, and that is the basis of various stories of a connection between the Morrisons of Lewis and Harris and Olaf the Black.

There are various accounts of the origins of the Morrisons of the Outer Hebrides, or Clan Mac Ghille Mhoire, but we have no definitive proof of any of them. The following is a somewhat romanticized version of one of these accounts.

One of the Popular Tales:

Eight centuries ago, a Norse ship struggled in heavy seas off the Scottish island of Lewis. A proud Kintyre noblewoman named Lauon stood on the deck cradling her new-born infant son, Gillemorrie, in her arms while her husband, Olaf the Black, shouted orders to the crew. Despite his Herculean efforts the ship foundered. Olaf, Lauon and their son plunged into the frigid waters and clung to a piece of driftwood floating near their sinking vessel. Fortune smiled upon the shipwrecked trio, and they were deposited safe but wet upon the stony Lewis shore.

Lauon married Olaf in 1214 and bore him one child (Gillemorrie). The fact that she was a cousin german to Olaf’s first wife was unacceptable to the church. Bishop Reginald of the Isles declared their relationship incestuous and nullified the marriage, thereby rendering her son illegitimate.

Gillemorrie, upon achieving manhood, married the last heiress of the Clan Igaa (also known as the Clan Gow). She held the stronghold of Pabbay Castle near Harris as her birthright. It was from this union that the Clan Morrison sprang.

Two distinct branches evolved; the Morrisons of Harris and the Morrisons of Lewis. The Morrisons of Lewis established a fortress named Dun Eistein on the northern tip of the island. They gave rise to ten generations of hereditary brieves (experts in law) which held sway over the outer Hebridean islands until 1613. This branch of the family vanished from the pages of history following the issuance of “Letters of Fire and Sword” on August 28, 1616.


Clan Tartans

Clan Morrison Society (Scotland):


The green Clan Morrison Society Tartan (Scotland) is a variant of the MacKay sett with a red stripe. In the absence of an identifiable Morrison Tartan, the Society selected a MacKay sett and added a red stripe.

The selection was based on the Morrison ties with the MacKays. Ay Mac Hormaid (Morrison) fell in love with, and married, the daughter of the Bishop of Caithness. Her dowry was the whole of Durness on the mainland, and 60 Morrison families relocated there in the 1600’s.


(Lyon Court Book #21, 03 Jan. 1968).

It was reported that in the 1930’s, workers demolishing a “Black House” on the island of Lewis, discovered an old bible wrapped in a scarlet tartan. An enclosed note, dated 1745, identified the tartan as belonging to the Morrisons. It was officially recognized as the Morrison Tartan by the Lord Lyon on January 3, 1968. It was first worn again at the 1964 Clan Gathering.

Members of the Clan Morrison are entitled to wear either tartan. Both are available in modern (bright aniline dyes, ancient (lighter vegetable dyes) or weathered (muted tones similar to those used in Brave Heart) variants.

Three MORRISON brothers with Joe Quilietti



The other branches of the Morrison Clan came from the Island of Lewis in the Hebridies off the West Coast of Scotland.

The Morrison family always remained very close and each one’s home was the others.

There are many descendents of Alex. Morrison and ‘Ma’ Morrison as she was affectionately called.   They had a large family and their families are spread out like branches of a tree also.  Their youngest daughter Shiela is the only remaining daughter and I would like to dedicate this page to her husband Raymond Miller  who died this year 2010.

14 Responses to “MORRISON line”

  1. ian SIMPSON says:

    How can I contact Bobby Q who lived in Murdoch or Gibson Terrace with whom I attended North Merchiston and Bruntsfield primary schools until 1962.

  2. Helen says:

    Do you mean Robert or Rab as he is known to most folks today. He has a facebook page if that is any help. He is in Insurance in Edinburgh, has two lovely daughters and one beautiful grandaughter. If you prefer I could let him know yhou are looking for him

  3. john Alexander Morison /adam says:

    I am looking for a link between Clans Gordon & Morison

    My family trace back back to the Clan Gordon and the eldest son has been named Alexander Adam or John Alexander Adam

    Tracing verbal family history the name Morrison was added to the name of the eldest son

    Hence for the last 4 generations the name Alexander Morison Adam has been predominant with me given the name John Alexander Morison Adam

    Any help or guidance would be appreciated

  4. Dianne Newman says:

    Researching Allen Morrison 1798-1874 born in Invernness, Scotland. He married Ann MacLeod 1800- we have no date of death in South Australia as there is no record found as yet. This Morrison family I have been told came from Ardnamurchan, Inverness Scotland and emigrated to Australia in 1852.
    Allen Morrison’s father was Charles Morrison born 1760 and mother Margaret Mcinnes born 1770.
    I would be grateful for any assistance to get further information and sources from Scots records to help with further research.
    Thanks for this

  5. Helen says:

    Thanks for posting your comment Dianne. I will post this for you and see if we have any connections. I will have a wee look into things as well. Are you still in south Africa

  6. Craig Morrison says:

    Hi Dianne,
    I am a direct decendent of Allen Morrison. He is my third great grandfather. I live in Adelaide, South Australia. There is good web site created by Neil Newman and Dianne Hansberry that has some of the information that you are looking for. I am gradually building a Morrison family tree on Geni. Slow going, but interesting.
    Craig Allan Morrison

  7. Helen says:

    Hello Dianne and thank you for your comment. I will have a look if I can find the website. Could you perhaps send me a link to thank you. Perhaps we are linked somewhere in the past

  8. Michele Morrison says:

    My great grandfather was James Brown Morrison was born in 1890 in Edzell, Angus, and died 1946 in Angus. They came to the USA in 1922. My gg James didn’t like it here, so he moved back to Scotland; the rest of the family stayed in Detroit, Michigan. My grandfather was George Morrison; he came to USA when he was 18. and married a Scottish woman. Anyway, my ggg grandfather, Alexander Morrison married Elizabeth Wilkie, June 21, 1851 in Edzell, Angus, Scotland. I can’t find any records beyond this marriage. Would like to find out more if anyone can help. I want to trace my genealogy back further.

  9. brnn says:

    Hi , i have a photo of John Morrison Mcleod born abt 1843 in Invernesshire , his mother was Mary Morrison daughter of John Morrison of Harris , any connection ?

  10. Helen says:

    I will have to check out the links But our side of the family were definitely from Inverness and as far as I know there was no connections to Harris, but who knows

  11. Scott morrison says:

    Helen this website has grown so well! Very proud to be a morrison x

  12. Kerrie Arnaud says:


    I am a descendant of James Morrison born in Tarbert who immigrated with his wife Marion Ross and 4 children – Murdoch, Donald, Mary and Christy – to South Australia in the mid-1800s on the Royal Albert. I have more information on this line in Australia but seeking more detail from Scottish end. Also wondered if he had siblings or cousins who went to America or Canada (Nova Scotia)?

    With thanks
    Kerrie Arnaud (nee Morrison)

  13. akeem morrison says:

    Love the history where the rest of the family in 1994 and up

  14. I have just come across this, and enquiring about Sheila Morrison, I have a photo of Sheila Morrison from around 1958-59, We were in same class at Niddrie Marischal School. Looking at photos of her now , there is no mistaking her ,she hasn’t changed, and she lived in Niddrie Mains Terrace .

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