CAPTAIN ALWYNE FARQUHARSON OF INVERCAULD MC
Captain Alwyne A. C. Farquharson M.C. of Invercauld, 16th Chief of the Clan Farquharson and Chieftain of the Ballater Highland Games.
Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, Alwyne assumed the title in 1941 when his aunt Myrtle was killed in a bombing raid in London, but didn’t matriculate until after the war, when he returned to take up the seat at Invercauld.
A former Cavalry Officer, Alwyne served with The Royal Scots Greys, the Regiment that amalgamated in 1971 to become The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, Scotland's senior regiment and only Cavalry Regiment, of which Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II is Colonel-in-Chief.
During World War Two, Alwyne saw active service at El Alamein and in France, where he was wounded. As a result of his brave actions in France, he was awarded a Military Cross.
His appointment as Chieftain of the Ballater Highland Games was duly confirmed at a Public Meeting of the Games held on 24th November 1948, and he has never missed a games day. In fact, the 2019 Games, where crowds and Pipe Bands turned out in force to celebrate Alwyne's 100th Birthday, was his 71st consecutive year attending Ballater Highland Games as its Chieftain.
He held the office of Member of the Aberdeenshire County Council between 1949 and 1975 and of Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Aberdeenshire in 1951.
Captain Farquharson, son on Major Edward Robert Francis Compton and Sylvia Farquharson of Invercauld, was born on 1st May 1919. This year at 101 years old, he is believed to be the oldest Scottish Chief and certainly the longest-lived Chief of Clan Farquharson.
Alwyne can trace his lineage back to Farquhar, 4th Son of Alexander Ciar (Shaw) Mackintosh of Rothiemurcus (1411 – 1492), whose descendants include the Farquharsons.
Alwyne's first wife, Frances, whom he married in 1949, died in 1991. In 1993, he married Patricia and they live in Norfolk, returning regularly to Royal Deeside.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland, the longest Tapestry in the world (at 143 metres), is due to launch in a purpose built venue in Galashiels in April 2021. Accompanying the launch, there will be a temporary exhibition called "Iconic Scots" in which our eminent Chief has been chosen as the embodiment of Scottish Clan Culture.
During our 2020 Virtual Gathering, we will be sharing several speeches and highlights of our wonderful Clan Chief who is loved and revered in equal measure. We thank him for his constant dedication to the Clan, to the Ballater Highland Games and to the local community.
CLICK TO VIEW THE GREETING FROM
HRH PRINCE CHARLES, DUKE OF ROTHESAY ON THE OCCASION OF
THE CHIEF'S 100TH BIRTHDAY
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THE MESSAGE OF THANKS FROM THE CHIEF ON THE OCCASION OF
HIS 101st BIRTHDAY
Photo credits: David Cowe (Background), Jonathan Findlay (B/W Portrait)