Gaelic Name: MacMhathain
Motto: Fac et spera (Do and hope)
Lands: Lochalsh, Sutherland
Origin of Name: From Gaelic meaning Bear’s son
Clan Chief: Major Sir Fergus Matheson of Matheson Bt
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The name Matheson has been attributed to the gaelic ‘Mic Mhathghamhuin’ meaning ‘son of the bear’ or alternatively ‘son of the heroes’.
Traditionally, the clan descends from a twelfth century Gilleoin, who is thought to have been a scion of the ancient royal house of Lorne.
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