The Farquharson family can trace their origins back to Farquar, fourth son of Alexander cier of Rothiemurcus, owner of the Braes of Mar near the source of the River Dee.
Farquhar’s grandson, Finla Mor, would become the real progenitor of the clan, as he became their first clan chief and he would serve as royal standard-bearer at the battle of Pinkie, where he was killed in 1547.
After Finla’s death, the clan would go from strength to strength as important branches were founded in Craigniety, Monaltrie, Whitehouse, Fenzean, Allanquoich, Inverey, Tullochcoy, Broughdearg and Achriachan. However, the clan would remain on the periphery of affairs in the region as they eventually joined the Clan Chattan Confederation in 1595 to boost their standing.
It would be this decision that would mark the rise of the Farquharsons as one of the dominant clans within the Braemar area and they would use their increased power to challenge the claim of the Erskines to the Earldom of Mar, leading to the construction of Braemar Castle in 1628 as a way for the Erskines to defend their land.
Continuing to rise, the Farquharsons would eventually take control of this castle in the subsequent years but only after its removal from the Earl of Mar’s control after the Jacobite Rising of 1715.
The Farquharsons would, themselves, be staunch supporters of the Jacobite cause and would even burn down Braemar Castle in 1689. Francis Farquharson of Monaltrie would later lead the clan into battle alongside Bonnie Prince Charlie at Culloden in 1746. After the battle, he would be taken prisoner at the Tower of London and was condemned to execution until a retrieval on the morning of his expected death.
After this foray into domestic military action, the family would eventually settle as one of the biggest clans in Aberdeenshire as the chiefship passed to Catherine Farquharson in 1815. This line of succession would continue to survive until Myrtle Farquharson of Invercauld was sadly killed in an air raid during the Second World War. She would be succeeded by her Nephew, Captain Alwyne Compton Farquharson, who remains the chief today at the age of 102.