About The Chief|
Major Sir Fergus John Matheson of Matheson (7th Bt.)
Major Sir Fergus John Matheson of
Matheson, 7th Baronet of Lochalsh and 27th Chief of the Clan, was born on 22nd
February 1927. He is the younger son of General Sir Torquhil and Lady Elizabeth
Matheson. Sir Torquhil was the 5th and youngest son of Sir Alexander Matheson of
Ardross and Lochalsh. Sir Fergus was born in London, christened in the Guards
Chapel, Wellington Barracks and early years were divided between Norfolk
(England), Quetta in India (now Pakistan) and Lochalsh in Wester Ross, Scotland.
In 1952 he married the Hon. Jean Elizabeth Mary Willoughby, younger daughter of
Lord and Lady Middleton of Birdsall, Malton, Yorkshire also formerly of
Applecross in Wester Ross. There were two daughters and one son by the
marriage, Elizabeth Angela Matilda (Thompson), Alexander Fergus and Fiona Jean
Lucia (Kendall). His wife died in November 2008.
Following his education at Eton College,
in 1944 he enlisted as a Guardsman in the Coldstream Guards and in October 1945
was commissioned into the Regiment after training at 161 (RMC) OCTU, Aldershot.
He saw service with his Regiment in Germany, Palestine, Tripoli, North Africa
and Egypt and retired as a Major in 1964. Then for a short time he worked in the
City of London before moving to Norfolk and commenced employment in the
Poultry Division of the Ross Group. Later he began his own business as an egg
In 1979 he was appointed as one of H.M. Body Guard of the Honourable Corps of
Gentlemen at Arms, and later appointed Standard Bearer in 1993, having to retire
at the age of 70 in 1997. He succeeded to the Chiefship of the Clan in 1993, on
the death of his elder brother, Sir Torquhil, who in 1975 had succeeded to the
Chiefship by tanistry on the death of Colonel Bertram Matheson of Matheson 25th
Chief and last of the line of the Bennetsfield Branch of the Clan.
Sir Fergus continues to reside in Norfolk and leads a very active and busy life,
with his ongoing responsibilities as Chief of the Clan.