This surname, derived from the Gaelic MacDhubhashith, is one of the oldest and most interesting Gaelic personal names we possess. Johannes Macdufti appears as a charter witness in Dumfreisshire in the reign of Alexander II, and Thomas Macdoffy rendered homage in the year 1296. The island of Colonsay appears to have been the home of the clan, but later a number of the name were located in Lochaber, and were followers of Cameron of Locheil. Archibald McKofee was a tenant in Islay in 1506, and Malcolm Makcofee a tenant in Colonsay in the same year. Morphe Mcphe de Colwinsay was cited for treason in 1531 and Ewin McAphie was one of those ordered to appear before the sheriff and give bond in 1681. (A written agreement whereby a free person becomes follower of a patron or defender). A notorious freebooter named Macphee, about the year 1845, gave name to Eilean Mhic Phee in Loch Quoich, where he established himself and his family, recognizing no law and no landowner. John M'Affie appears in Meikle Kildy in the parish of Dron in the year 1747. The use of fixed surnames or descriptive names appears to have commenced in France about the year 1000, and such names were introduced into Scotland through the Normans a little over one hundred years later, although the custom of using them was by no means common for many years afterwards. During the reign of Malcolm Ceannmor (1057-1093) the latter directed his chief subjects, after the custom of other nations, to adopt surnames from their territorial possessions, and there created 'The first erlis that euir was in Scotland'. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. The name has numerous variant spellings which include MacFee, Macfie, Macphie and Mc Affie.
The associated coat of arms is recorded in Sir Bernard
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