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Fergus McDuck (1830 or 1835-1902), also known as "Papa McDuck", was an anthropomorphic duck.

HistoryEdit

Early life Edit

Fergus McDuck was born the son of Dingus McDuck and Molly Mallard, a couple that had another nine sons and one daughter. He was probably raised in Scotland and learned the miner's job from his father.[1] His early life was a humble one, as his family was of noble ancestry but had declined in 1675.

Adulthood Edit

His parents deceased probably before 1877 and in his adulthood he lived in a village near Glasgow, presumably in search of a job to sustain his family. He married the widow Downy O'Drake (1840-1897) and had three children, Scrooge (1867-1967), Matilda (1871-?) and Hortense (1876-?). He had another son: Gideon, with another unnown partner, presumably after the death of Downy. As soon as Scrooge was old enough to work, Fergus asked him to become a street shoeshiner, advising him to work "smarter, not harder" to win more money, and working in backstage to make him become cautious in business affairs through tricking his old friend Burt, who was Scrooge's first client, into paying the young duck with a "worthless" American coin, which later became Scrooge's Number One Dime. Fergus's favorite job was bagpipe player, though, as this didn't pay well, he also worked in a factory. The very long period Scrooge spent around the world, Fergus missed him very much and he continue to take care of his family. In 1885 thanks to Scrooge regained possesion of Castle McDuck, that was abandoned in 1675. In this circumstance encouraged his son to continue his research of wealth and to not give up. His wife passed away in 1897 (age 57) and Scrooge received the news in a letter. Fergus and his daughters were heartbroken.

Later years Edit

Heartbroken after his wife's passing Fergus briefly remarried with an unnamed sister of Downy's between 1897 and 1902 but she passed away, or they divorce, shortly after. She was previously married with Mr McFowl and they had a son: Rumpus, that even though he had Fergus as his stepfather, he aparently doesn't gain his surname. Fergus, in his old days, spent his time researching the secrets of Castle McDuck, including the location of the fabled treasure of the Knights Templar. In 1902 Scrooge returned in Scotland and again saw his father after years of travelling. Even though Scrooge wanted to unproot the family in the USA Fergus refused to leave but convinced the children to go anyway. That night he died in his sleep at age 67 or 72.

Behind the scenesEdit

Though Scrooge's father first took a starring role in Zio Paperone e l'Oro del Klondike (though the 1968 strip Altar to Riches already mentioned Scrooge's father, and Carl Barks's first Duck Family Tree and Mark Worden's Duck Family Tree both featured a different character as Scrooge's father, Scotty McDuck), Fergus appeared in earnest in 1987 in Once Upon a Dime.

Barksian Parents of Scrooge

Downy and Fergus in Johannes A. Grote's Duck Family Tree (1999).

Prior to either, The Old Castle's Secret featured two portraits in Scrooge McDuck's house, which, although originally unlabelled, were later identified by Johannes A. Grote's Duck Family Tree as Scrooge's parents, and, indeed, do resemble Fergus and Downy as shown in DuckTales and in Don Rosa's works.

Voice ActorsEdit

Notes and ReferencesEdit

  1. Fergus mentions in Dreamtime Duck of the Never Never that he and Jake never left Scotland
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