Morrison, Morison—These two names are the anglicised forms of two septs in Argyle and the Western Isles. The first sept of Morrison and Morison were known as the Clann Mhic Gille-Mhoire. This sept occupied Lewis and Harris; the Lewis sept being Hereditary Breatheamhs or Judges of that Island for generations; the Harris sept being Hereditary Armourers and Smiths. The name of these septs in Gaelic is written Mac Gille-Mhoire in the Scots' dialect of that language.
The other Morrison septs were located in Argyle, one in Glengarry, who fought under the McDonalds; the other sept being Standard-bearers to the M'Leans of Duart.
The Gaelic form of the latter septs is O'Moireasdan, earlier O'Bríosáin, i.e., Bryson, a name frequently found in Ulster. Another anglicised form of the Lewis and Harris septs is Gilmour and McGilmour.
A century back the Isle of Man form of this latter name was McVorrey, now Morrison. In St. Columba's College, Rathfarnham, Dublin, may be seen the Clonmany Relic of St. Columcille, called the "Misach." This relic was in the possession of the O'Morrison family of the N.W. of Ireland for generations, when they sold it. Mac Morrison is found in Rathlin Island.
Alphabetical Index of Surnames
Charlotte Milligan Fox, sister of the poet Alice Milligan, was a founding member of the Irish Folk Song Society and an indefatigable field collector of Irish traditional music. Her singularly important work on Irish haprers is here presented for the twenty-first century reader. This edition of Annals offers a much greater number of illustrations than were included in the original 1911 publication, a full biographical introduction, an extensive bibliography of the writings of Milligan Fox and an appendix discussing the variant texts of Arthur O’Neills Memoirs.
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