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Fergus McDuck, also known as "Papa McDuck", was an anthropomorphic duck.
Fergus McDuck was born in the Scotland countryside, but quickly moved to Glasgow, presumably in search of a job to sustain his family. He married the widow Downy O'Drake and had at least four children, Scrooge, Matilda, Hortense and Gideon. 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.
Heartbroken after his wife's passing, Fergus briefly remarried with an unnamed sister of Downy's, long enough for them to have a son; they quickly divorced however, and their son Rumpus was raised as the son of Miss O'Drake's new husband, Mr McFowl. 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.
Behind the scenesEdit
First seen 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.