This name is of Gaelic origin and comes from gobha, meaning a "smith". It also takes the form of Magobhann (MacGowan), purely an occupational surname, the work of the smith being common in all clans. People of the name are now claimed as septs of Clan Macpherson and to have had connection with Badenoch and the Clan Chattan countryside. At the battle of the North Inch of Perth in 1396, Hal oa the Wynd, a Perth smith, took the place of one of the combatants who was ill. After the battle he went north and settled near the Clan Chattan lands.
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