Abbreviations:

b. = born

bap. = baptised

c. = christened

c/m = marriage contract

d. = died

d. vita patris = died in the father's lifetime

dsp(decessit sine prole) died without issue

m. = married

MACPHERSON

OF BENCHAR

 

Andrew MacPherson of Achacha, was third son of John MacPherson, 1st of Nuid, and was cautioner to a Bond of Relief granted by Murdoch MacPherson in Wester Raits on 1 August 1672.[1] He d. by 21 August 1675, having m. firstly, Mary, daughter of Donald MacQueen of Clune, by whom he was father of :

  1. John MacPherson of Benchar, (see below).
  2. Alexander MacPherson, who served along side William MacIntosh of Borlum.
  3. Margaret MacPherson, m. Paul MacPherson of Crathiecroy
  4. Isobell MacPherson, m. Donald MacPherson of Pittourie.
  5. Ann MacPherson, d. unmarried.
  6. Elspeth MacPherson, m. William, son of Murdoch MacPherson of Clune.

He m. secondly, Jean, daughter of Mr. Donald MacPherson, Minister at Cawdor, and by her, he was father of :

  1. Ewan MacPherson, m. Catherine, daughter of Duncan Grant of Mullochard.

John MacPherson of Benchar and Achacha, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him on 21 August 1675.[2] He exchanged his lands of Raitts for a wadset of those of Benchar and m. Elspeth, daughter of John MacPherson of Dalrady. He was father of :

  1. John MacPherson of Benchar, (see below).
  2. Donald MacPherson,
  3. Ewan MacPherson,
  4. Angus MacPherson,
  5. Mary MacPherson, m. John MacPherson of Crubenmor.
  6. Elspeth MacPherson, m. Robert Grant of Kincherdie.
  7. Ann MacPherson,
  8. Margaret MacPherson,

John MacPherson of Benchar, succeeded his father and was served heir general to him on 30 April 1728.[3] He d. by February of 1757 and was father of :

Andrew MacPherson of Benchar, succeeded and was served heir general to his father on 24 February 1757, then to his grandfather, John MacPherson of Achacha, on 17 June 1788.[4] He m. Isabel, daughter of George MacPherson of Invereshie, (c/m 28 November 1754[5]), d. by June of 1789 and was father of :

  1. John MacPherson of Benchar, succeeded his father and was served heir to him on 1 June 1789.[6] He dsp by December of 1791, and was succeeded by his brother, Evan.
  2. Evan MacPherson of Benchar, succeeded his brother, John, and was served heir general to him on 19 December 1791.[7] He served as a Captain in the 33rd Foot and dsp by June of 1802.
  3. Robert MacPherson of Benchar, (see below).
  4. Madelina MacPherson, to whom her brother, Major Robert MacPherson of Benchar, bequeathed an annuity of £100 for life in his Will.
  5. Isabella MacPherson, to whom her brother, Major Robert MacPherson of Benchar, bequeathed an annuity of £100 for life in his Will.

Robert MacPherson of Benchar, succeeded his brother, Evan, and was served heir to him on 2 June 1802.[8] He entered the H.E.I.C.S., and served as a Major in the 17th Regiment of Native Infantry. Being unmarried he made his Will at Delhi on 11 April 1822 by which he bequeathed annuities to his mother and his two sisters, Madelina and Isabella, and after their deaths, £200 sterling should be paid to his nephews, Captain Duncan MacPherson, 11th Regiment of Foot and Captain James MacPherson, 13th Regiment of Foot. He also  instructed that his estate should be invested for the purpose of purchasing a landed estate in the Highlands of Scotland which is to be strictly entailed on “my nephew Lieutenant Ewan MacPherson of the 21st Regiment Madras Native Infantry in the Madras Establishment and his heirs lawfully begotten, and in the event of his Death without Heirs lawfully begotten by himself, on Captain Duncan MacPherson of His Majesty’s 11th Regiment of Foot and his heirs lawfully begotten, and in the event of the death of Captain Duncan MacPherson, (my nephew) without heirs lawfully begotten by himself, on my nephew Captain James MacPherson of His Majesty’s 13th Regiment of Foot and his heirs lawfully begotten, and in the event of his death without heirs lawfully begotten by himself, on my Niece Isabella MacPherson of Raliah and her heirs lawfully begotten on her own Body, or the heir at law of lineal descent of my late father Andrew MacPherson  Esquire of Benchar, and his or her heirs, whether male or female lawfully begotton. He further instructed that; my gold watch, all my seals and the sword with the Persian inscription on the Blade of it, presented to me by the Royal Family of Delhi, as also the Firmaun Presented to me by His Majesty Ackbat the Second, King of Delhi, be sent to England to my Dear Mother, Mrs Isabella MacPherson, and to remain in perpetuity in my Family[9]. He was Commandant of the Royal Palace of Delhi up to his death on 5 January 1823,[10] and on 26 June 1850, advertisements calling for any heirs to present themselves were published.[11]

 

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[1] GD80/93/2.

[2] Retours General. No. 5828.

[3] Services of Heirs.

[4] Services of Heirs.

[5] NRAS771/838.

[6] Services of Heirs.

[7] Services of Heirs.

[8] Services of Heirs.

[9] India Office Wills and Administrations. Although the precise relationship of these nephews to Robert MacPherson of Benachar is uncertain, it is probable that they were sons of Major Charles MacPherson, Lieutenant-General of Barracks in Scotland, by his wife Margaret, daughter of John MacPherson of Inverhall. That being correct, Major Charles would be a younger brother to Robert MacPherson of Benchar, however, there is no evidence by which this can be proven.

[10] India Office Inventories. Drawn up at Calcutta on 16 January 1824.

[11] Aberdeen Journal 26th June 1850.