Every Matheson has a
unique part to play in the lives of their own family and that of the Clan. In
addition, members of the Matheson family have made their mark in all walks of
life throughout history and across the world. These are just a few of them.
Matheson, 1st and last Baronet of the Lews, was from the Shiness branch of
the Sutherland Mathesons. He and Dr William Jardine founded Jardine Matheson &
Co, a highly successful mercantile company which traded in India and China. When
he returned to Scotland, he bought the island of Lewis in 1844, and was created
Baronet of the Lews in 1851 for his exertions and generosity in alleviating the
sufferings of the inhabitants of the island during a period of famine.
Matheson, 1st Baronet of Lochalsh (b 1805), six times great grandson of
Dugald an Oir, joined his maternal (Sutherland Matheson) uncle’s firm, Jardine
Matheson & Co, in China. When Alexander returned to Scotland in 1840 he started
to buy land in Ross-shire, and in 1851 he recovered the Lochalsh estate. He was
created Baronet of Lochalsh in 1882. His 5th son, Torquhil George, became a
General in the British Army.
Matheson, KBE, CMG was born in Huddersfield, UK, in 1912 and became the
foundation Vice Chancellor of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He died
John Matheson 1912-2003 was a distinguished man of medicine and a renowned
surgeon who saw active service in the Second World War and then lectured at
Edinburgh University and in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He specialised in
tropical diseases but had a reputation as an expert on such subjects as gunshot
wounds and gas gangrene.
The Very Rev
Dr James Matheson 1912-2007 Moderator of the General Assembly of the
Church of Scotland in 1975, had a distinguished career that bridged
ecclesiastical divides. From a beginning as a Free Church minister, he moved to
the Church of Scotland, serving initially in Dunedin, New Zealand, before
returning to his native country as minister of Blackhall St Columba's Parish
Church in Edinburgh. His growing interest in Christian Stewardship led to his
appointment as the first full-time secretary of the Church of Scotland's
stewardship and budget committee, for which he was awarded an honorary
doctorate of divinity by the University of Edinburgh.