This is one of the most important of the few families now remaining of the ancient and once potent clan Macduff, whose chiefs, the Thanes of Fife, held a conspicuous position in Scotland during the 12th and 13th centuries. A branch of the clan were the Macduffs of Fandowie, in Strathbraan, who held these lands for many generations till about the middle of the 17th century. John Macduff, one of this family, was implicated in the Gowrie Plot, and, along with some others, the retainers of the unfortunate Earl of Gowrie, was executed at Perth on 23 Aug. 1600.
[Burkes Landed Gentry Vol.1 page 963.
"It has been supposed that a Baron Fergusson was executed for taking part in the Gowrie conspiracy of 1600. But this appears to be a mistake, and the true sufferer was McDuff, the Baron of Fandowie. This gentlemans aliases have caused a good deal of confusion, which fortunately his successor, while participating in it, has done his best to clear up. In 1602 'John Fergussone callit Barroun Fargussone, John Fargusone in Cluny, and David, Baroun in Fandowie,' sat together on an assize. The last, when chosen Chancellor, was described as 'David Ferguison, Barone of Fandowie,' but when he came to subscribe the verdict he signed in his own proper name as 'David McDuf of Fandowy'."
[Records of the Clan and Name of Fergusson, Ferguson and Fergus, by James Ferguson and Robert Menzies Fergusson, Edinburgh, 1895, p.39
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