2013 AGM



The AGM for 2013 will be held in Stirling University Management Centre on 25th May 2013 at 2 p.m. The telephone number is 01786 451666 and full details are given on their web site for those wishing to book via the internet, and of the location. The Secretary will be happy to be informed of participants for administrative reasons, and the Treasurer happy to receive annual subscriptions in due course.



A letter from the Clan Chairman:

(This letter will also be sent by post to those on current Membership lists within the UK)


Isle of Bute
March 2013

Dear Fellow-member,

I am addressing this important letter especially to those who do not use the internet, and therefore may be ignorant of the proceedings of the Society’s AGM in May 2012, and to those who, the Committee fears, have not received the last edition(s) of the Society’s newsletter.

As the report mentions (see below), the membership list did indeed merit disquiet. We suspected that some Life Members had been removed from the list, also that some annual members had been struck off as though they had resigned – which they may not have done. Therefore an old, earlier list is being used now to make this contact with you.

We are working to make the list accurate. Accordingly I shall be grateful if you will let me or the Secretary know - by telephone, email or letter – that you have received this; and will confirm your status, whether as a Life member, an annual member or as someone who is no longer a member. This is important. And, if you are a member who is behind with their annual subscription, would you please send it to our hon. treasurer. Do you, perhaps, know of someone who used to be or should be a member? Please let the Committee know.

Our Society, if it were a hospital patient, would be described currently as being on Life Support, and needing a vital blood transfusion. We are very grateful to those who offered themselves into the vacant committee positions last May, and I hope that their example will fire other, predominantly youthful Fergusons to support them and our Society – by joining us and then taking part. Our intention for the immediate cash-restricted future is, at the very least, to maintain a website. Thus we keep our international presence.

Please come to our next AGM which will be in Stirling in May

With best wishes,

R Stanley Ferguson




2012 AGM

 SHORT REPORT of CLAN AGM held on 26/5/2012

t this Society meeting held in the Stirling University Management Centre, 15 members attended along with our Chief Sir Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran and his son Adam our President, and there were 18 apologies received.
Our Chairman R Stanley Ferguson welcomed those present including two of our surname from Carolina USA, James and Cathie, visiting our country. A minute's silence was held to remember those members who had passed away in the last year.
The minutes of the AGM 2011 were approved but in matters arising there was some disquiet about the Membership lists, and it was now the intention to bring those up to date. The Secretary's report pointed out again the lack of young blood and the Treasurer's report was approved.
With some trepidation beforehand, and much to everyone's relief, the Election of officebearers produced a new Secretary and a new Treasurer, Duncan having retired, and returned the current office bearers to their old posts. Hence the Society is still up and running thanks respectively to Ian J Ferguson (Northumbria) Hon Secretary, and Maralyn Donnelly (Fife) Hon Treasurer.
The usual reports were either read out or made available for study. One important matter related to the archival material held by the late Donald Fergusson in Essex. These archives have been collected personally by Sir Charles and taken to Kilkerran for safe keeping. Related Clan material from other sources has also been deposited there and the Society expressed its kind appreciation of this action to Sir Charles at the meeting.
After a vote of thanks to the "acting Minute Secretary" Kirsty Urquhart and to the "Chair" the meeting was closed.


Hon Secretary:- Mr Ian J Fergusson, 1 Sunlea Ave., Cullercoats, North Shields, Tyne & Weir, NE30 3DS, UK

Hon Treasurer:- Mrs Maralyn Donnelly, 29 Park Lea, Rosyth, Fife, KY11 2LH, UK

Annual subscriptions are invited from existing and new members for the year 2013-14 which commences after the May 2013 AGM



The Cutty Sark



Sir Charles, right, and Stan, left of picture, join the hard hat line when visiting the extensive restoration of the Cutty Sark, the world's last tea clipper. The origin of the name rests with Rabbie Burns in his epic poem Tam o' Shanter.

For more information please check Cutty Sark website and discover to which garment this refers





A patriotic group of 5 Fergus(s)on players paid their Annual visit to poet Robert Fergusson's statue and grave at the Canongate Kirk, Royal Mile, Edinburgh on 28th September past. A bouquet, courtesy of the Isle of Bute, and consisting of Lilies and Thistles was laid on the grave. Robert Burns was Fergusson's inspiration to become a poet. Sadly the latter's life was all too short (5/9/1750 - 16/10/1774), and oft referred to as Scotland's forgotten poet.
With sincere thanks to all who were able to make this visit possible and for their attendance, and to our Chairman Stan for his taxi drive. Very smooth!

At Kirk Gate


Kirsty & Liz with bouquet


Kirsty & Liz at statue


At grave stone


Group at the gravestone




A book not to be missed


Amberley Publishing plc and the author, Peter Pininski,
would like to make a special offer to all members of
 Clan Fergusson

This new book by Peter Pininski is unique – it tells the story of Prince Charles Edward Stuart together with that of his daughter and heir, Charlotte, Duchess of Albany, then reveals the lives his three secret grandchildren and descendants. Pininski does not take the usual anglo-centric view, but sets the prince against the British-Polish family and Italian home of his actual upbringing. Then, after the failure of the 1745 Rising, the author details the prince’s pan-European network of cousins, British Jacobites, international bankers and freemasons who tried to further the Stuart Cause and then hid the prince’s grandchildren whose existence was a tightly-held secret until discovered by Pininski’s research. Hardback with colour and b&w illustrations.

“ Moving, fascinating, compelling. This new biography discredits two centuries of Stuart impostors by at last revealing the extraordinary story of the Prince’s secret descendants. Pininski’s pan-European research is astonishing. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in the Jacobites and later Stuarts.”

(Professor Edward Corp, author and leading authority on the exiled Stuarts, curator of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition ‘The King over the Water’.)

• Clan members may order this book for the special price of £15.00, instead of the high street price of £20.00.
• Either phone (+44) (0) 1285 760030, or write: Please quote the code: ‘CLANS’.
• Or order via: (search word: Pininski; next add to shopping basket; then enter the code ‘CLANS’ in the voucher code box).
• Postage and packaging in the UK is free.


Fergusons on wheels!


As spotted by an eagle eyed sleuth!



Spanish connections

Guillermo Ferriz, senior and junior from Spain, braved the Scottish winter snow to visit us here just after the New Year. These pictures give an inkling of enjoyable festivities


Scottish music at home, with Duncan and friend John MacMillan. Kathleen listens! 


Spanish music! 


Enjoying a meal - taken by the youngest member.



Dunfallandy House








The report has been removed but the pictures remain to remind us all of friends and activities



Is this tartan ancient,modern, bizarre, or bazaar?



Alan Ferguson looks home towards New Zealand from Wallace Monument


Provost Wood displays our clan crest at Civic reception in Stirling


Society visits Burns area and Kilkerran


Visit to the Trossachs



High Heid Yins!

Stan, our chairman, welcomes the Chief of our Clan Sir Charles and accompanied

by Lady Fergusson along with their son Adam and his wife Jenny to his Ardmaleish boatyard on the Isle of Bute.

Adam is the President of the Clan Society.


Stan greets Jim Mather, his local MSP for Argyll and Bute, at his boatyard on the Isle of Bute.


Ewen (Stan's son) meets Jim Mather at the yard.


Robert, Ewen's son standing in the middle,meets the MSP.

This portrays three generations involved in the family business.


Orla Ferguson with No 457

involved in Highland Dancing


This is Liam Ferguson (waving). Both are Stan and Helen's grandchildren, Ewen's family.

One should also note that the girl on Liam's right is the grand daughter of Liz. (nee Ferguson and merchandise) and Billy Crawford.



The Culloden Centre

The Clan Ferguson's stone on the walkway


Photo of our Stone in situ  





Digging up your Fergus(s)on Roots

Is this near the bone? Of course, but the 'funny bone', so please access information on Historical Section if you are interested in your ancestry. Thank you!


Douce France!

It is a well known fact that Scots are all over the world... And some not so far away at all:

'Alliance France-Ecosse' :


Curling - A Scottish Game

The Lake of Menteith in reflective mood

The Lake is where winter curling is carried out, including a Grand match between

the North and South of Scotland when the ice is thick enough!

conditions were set fair earlier this month when the ice was 7 inches thick (17-18 cms). Sadly Health & Safety put paid to this although many visited, skated, and curled. The picture below reflects the void such official action has brought to this event, and it would seem its death knell.






Robert Fergusson's statue (Poet) in Canongate

A friend of Rabbie, trust you were able to celebrate the 25th January, Burns birth date in 1759, by attending a Burns Supper or perhaps at home with some haggis, neeps, and tatties - and a little gravy, namely Scotch whisky

Rabbie Burns




Clan Society in Australia


Duncan & Kathleen were delighted to have a visit from Mrs Carole Bancroft & her husband Graham,

President and Secretary respectively of the Clan Society in Australia whilst touring in Scotland.

Thank you for calling and best wishes to all members Down Under






From Holland... with Love!

A memorial to a Ferguson family, discovered in Cowal, with thanks to the Dutch lady who uncovered it and provided these two pictures:


Els' message: This is the  stone on the hill near Melldalloch,  between Kames and Kilfinnan.On the stone is the name of  Derrick Ronald Haddon Ferguson, Ceylon 1910 – Scotland 1992 and his wife Betsy Annis Ferguson  born Eustace 1911   England 2001

 Els 't Hooft




Kilkerran Cup

This picture shows the Kilkerran Cup donated by the Fergussons of Kilkerran. The Cup is competed for annually on the turf at Ayr Racecourse.


Know Your DNA!

Colin Ferguson is searching away... Please take a moment to visit this site.



Seamus Stra-Chur

Picture courtesy of the late Mrs Highgate whose father W. Pettigrew Ferguson 

was treasurer of the Clan Society during its first formation.



SCARF £7.50
CAP £15.00
KEY RING £1.50 & £9.00 (art pewter)
PENS £1.00 for two
POST CARDS £0.20 each
For further details please contact: Mrs Elizabeth Crawford, Merchandising Officer, Stuck Farm, North Bute, Isle Of Bute PA20, Scotland   -   Tel: 01700 503 743 Fax: 01700 502 257

NB: Prices include VAT but not Post & Packing



Our Clan Centre at Stronvar, Balquhidder, has had to be mothballed*! The Society is having difficulty locating another

 home and are open to ideas and suggestions. 

Nevertheless, the Society is still keen to collect memorabilia and associated material.

*This means that the centre is closed!




Ordinary: £10.00; Family: £15.00; USA $30.00; Life: £150.00

Enquiries to Honorary Secretary & Treasurer

Maralyn Donnelly:

Ian J Fergusson:-

Annual subscriptions are invited from existing and new members for the year 2013-14 which commences after the May 2013 AGM