Skip to comments.Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race
Posted on 01/23/2012 10:45:21 AM PST by RoosterRedux
"Kit" Daugherty's fine broth of a boy just upended Republican politics.
Newt Gingrich's winning streak may not last. But, until then, American voters have front row seats to enjoy something very old. Julius Caesar's troops experienced it when they landed in Britannia in 55 B.C. CNN's John King just experienced it too. And he's still walking funny - which is a lucky break for him.
After South Carolina's GOP primary, Mitt Romney's missing a few teeth.
How did this happen? Well, Governor Romney, shake hands with Gaelic fury.
The Gaelic Fury is Newt Gingrich, son of Kathleen Daugherty and one Newton Leroy McPherson. Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Newt was raised by his Mom and stepdad after his parents divorced. Most honorably, Gingrich's step-father adopted Newt and gave him his name.
Newt proudly calls the late Robert Gingrich (a career Army officer) his father. And, just as, until recently, only the Italians knew Rick Santorum was Italian, most people don't know that Newt Gingrich is a son of the Emerald Isle. Besides being a politician, Gingrich is a former college professor and a very learned man - an Emory graduate, with a Masters and a Ph.D from Tulane. That, too, is only fitting for a man whose birth parents' ancestors came from the Land of Saints and Scholars.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
In fact, Newt Gingrich is more German by ancestry than Irish, after all. Grandfather Robert Kerstetter married three times and had 10 legitmate children, but did not marry Newt's Grandmother.
You'll hear more about this if he's nominated. It's to Newt's credit that he was able to overcome obstacles, but politicians do get attacked because of their relatives.
The name Macpherson — or MacPherson or McPherson, according to different spellings — comes from the Gaelic “Mac a’ Phearsain” which means “Son of the Parson.”
The Parson in question was Muriach, a 12th Century parson, or lay preacher (in the Gaelic “pearsain” or “pears-eaglais,” literally “person of the church”) had a different meaning. Before the Reformation in Highland Scotland, the religious leader of a parish was a priest and the parson was the steward of church property, responsible for the collection of tithes. The history of Clan Macpherson has been called “The Posterity of the Three Brethren” as the three grandsons of Muriach are the antecedents of the three main clan families, Cluny, Pitmain, and Invereshie. - from Wikipedia
I think/hope that Obama, with his murky history, has changed that narrative.
DIdn’t realize that Wiki has that kind of information.
I knew that “MacPherson” was of Scottish origin, meant “Son of the Parson” but did not know the exact origin. Also, it wouldn’t be in my “Little Book of Irish Clans” or my “Clans and Families of Ireland.”
I just “wiki’d” -—”origin of the name macpherson.” And voila!
Newt has changed dramatically. Here are some FR links about his conversion.
Newt Brings Gaelic Fury To The GOP Race (some personal family history)
Newt Gingrich Attacks Fashionable Anti-Catholic Bigotry
Newt Gingrich: What Kind of Catholic Is He? [Born Lutheran, Turned Baptist, Now Catholic]
Newt Gingrich: Americas Next Catholic President?
Clemson Palmetto Poll finds Gingrich (38%) momentum growing, most S.C. GOP voters still uncommitted
Gingrich Threatens GOP's Chance to Nab Independents
The Evangelical Case for Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics
Gingrich Represents New Political Era for Catholics [ecumenical}
Newt Gingrich on Catholicism and JPII
Why Newt Gingrich Converted to Catholicism
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Opens Up on Catholic Conversion and Embracing 'Overt Christianity'
Newt Gingrich on his conversion to Catholicism
Gingrich Keeps Quiet on Catholic Conversion (received into Church over the past weekend)
Exclusive: Newt Gingrich conversion details; plans release of JP2 documentary
Gingrich to Become Catholic During Easter Season
The Newt Evangelization: Gingrich to become Catholic
We will welcome you with open arms. See if you can find a priest that you can sit down with and talk. Maybe this website would help.
You might call around and find a RCIA class and sit in on it for the rest of the year. (It’s a little late for the Easter Vigil and the grand entry of many into the Catholic Church.)
And BTW, there are many of us who are staunch Republicans AND Catholics here on FR!
Thanks so much for your testimony too! You have lived through the tick and the thin of it all, haven’t you?
OUr family were Gardeners and Singers IIRC
Are they in your clan book?
No Mama those names are not in my books.
“Gardeners” and “Singers”? A bit Germanic? Nay?
Mama, “wiki”: “origin of name Gardener” then “Singer.” Interesting!
Gardener: Early (7th Century German root: gard), then French and then Norman: Invasion of the Isles and Battle of Hastings 1066.
Keep in mind that many names in Ireland and Britain were introduced after William the Conqueror invaded the Isles in 1066. In Ireland, names like “Powers, Roche, Costello, Burke, Tobin, Lynch and the “Fitzes.” Fitz = “Son of” in Norman French - from “fils.”
Came over from Ireland. We know the date and boat.
..Scot-Irish. Sis went over and found/talked to some of the cousins. Seems they guarded the royalty and were not gardening.
My wife and I are planning a trip to “The Old Sod” when she retires in a couple of years.
I have third and fourth cousins in Castletownbere, County Cork, there on the Bere Peninsula.