Fergus McDuck, also known as McPapa, is Scrooge McDuck's father and Donald Duck's maternal grandfather. He encouraged Scrooge to find his fortune, and gave him the important advice to "work smarter, not harder", a value that Scrooge still keeps to.

Early appearances

Scrooge's father was originally created by Carl Barks, who mentioned him in his 1950s Duck Family Tree. Barks gave Scrooge's father the name Old "Scotty" McDuck".[2]

In a 1960 installment of the Donald Duck daily newspaper strip, by Bob Karp and Al Taliaferro, Scrooge says: "My daddy didn't trust banks", while digging up a chest with gold from the McDuck property.[3] In a later strip, Scrooge describes his father as "a lazy spendthrift who married a rich widow".[4]

In A Tree For Free (drawn by Tony Strobl, Walt Disney's Christmas Parade #1). In this story, we learn that Scrooge's father owned a trading company called "Duck & McDuck" with Daisy Duck's great-great-grandfather.


Scrooge's father, as he appeared in Zio Paperone e l'oro del Klondike.

In the 1977's Zio Paperone e l'oro del Klondike ("Uncle Scrooge and the Gold of the Klondike"), drawn by Romano Scarpa, Scrooge's parents made their very first appearance. In this story, Scrooge's father, referred to as Paperon-Papà in the original version, is a local shopkeeper who sells prospector equipment in the Klondike. In the story, he and Scrooge's mother, called Oretta Paporetta in Italian, have been dating for years, but did not get married, because both of them were too stingy to pay the local marriage fee of 1 dollar. Eventually, Scrooge's mother decides to pay the fee and the two ducks marry at last. The story also covers the birth of Scrooge McDuck and the first meeting between Rockerduck's parents.

In 1981, Mark Worden made an illustrated version of Carl Barks' 1950s Duck Family Tree, in which all relatives were given their own portrait. On this tree, Old 'Scotty' McDuck had a beard and wore a Scottish bonnet.



McPapa in "Once Upon a Dime".

Scrooge briefly mentioned his parents in the DuckTales episode "The Curse of Castle McDuck". When Scrooge returns to his childhood home, cottage McDuck, he reveals that his parents were poor, simple farmers.

Scrooge's parents made their animated debut in the season 1 episode "Once Upon a Dime", in which Scrooge refers to Fergus as McPapa. In this episode, it's told that Scrooge and his father both played the bagipes. McPapa, Scrooge and Scrooge's mother could be seen living in cottage McDuck, as it previously appeared in the series. McPapa was guest voiced by Don Messick, who gave him a thick Scottish accent.

Later appearances


Rumpus reveals the family secret in William Van Horn's Travails (first published in 2000).

Fergus' name origins from the The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, in which he was a supporting character. In these stories, Fergus lives in Glasgow with his wife and children. The family is very poor, and Fergus encourages his son to work in order to earn his own money. Scrooge's obvious intelligence, skill at hard work and ambition make Fergus believe that Scrooge will be able to restore The Clan McDuck to its former glory.

In The New Laird of Castle McDuck (Uncle Scrooge #289), young Scrooge returns to his family in Scotland, because there is a threat of the Clan's hereditary lands being seized due to Fergus' inability to pay the taxes. Using all of the money he has earned so far, 10,000 dollars, Scrooge is able to pay the taxes and becomes the new owner of their lands.

After years of hard work, Scrooge becomes rich in the Klondike and returns to Scotland as a billionaire, as shown in The Billionaire of Dismal Downs (Uncle Scrooge #293). Scrooge's original intention to settle in Dismal Downs quickly changes and Scrooge decides to move to Duckburg. Scrooge's sisters go with him, but Fergus decides to stay in Scotland.

According to William Van Horn's Travails (Uncle Scrooge #323), Fergus at some point had a short marriage with an unidentified woman, with whom he had one son: Rumpus McFowl. He later married Downy O'Drake, his wife in further stories, who became the mother of Scrooge and his sisters Matilda McDuck, and Hortense McDuck, whose names also origin from the Duck family tree sketches Barks did in the 1950s. Given the fact that Scrooge has a full brother called Gideon McDuck, Fergus and Downy must have had at least one other son.

In A Letter from Home (Uncle Scrooge #342), it's revealed that Fergus tried to find the Knight Templar treasure hidden in the castle McDuck by one of his ancestors, a Knight himself. Even though Fergus decided not to tell Scrooge about the treasure, the latter learns about it through other ways and, like his sister Matilda, thinks Fergus kept the secret from him because he disapproved Scrooge. In the middle of their way to the treasure Matilda finds a letter from Fergus revealing the reason he hid the secret from Scrooge is that Scrooge would feel better building his own fortune instead of inheriting one.

Fergus reappeared in Scrooge's flashbacks in the Christmas-themed comics Donald's Homemade Christmas and Uncle Scrooge's Christmas Carol, alongside Hortense, Matilda and Downy.



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