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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Sir Alexander Fergusson 1949-2018

_. Sir Alex Fergusson, who died 31 July, 2018, aged 69, was the former presiding officer of the Scottish parliament, the MSP for Scotland South 1999-2003, and for Galloway and West Dumfries, 2003-16, who resigned in 2016 after 17 years service, and was knighted in that year.

He was a scion of the Fergusson baronets of Kilkerran. He was born Alexander Charles Onslow Fergusson 8 April, 1949, and educated at Eton, the elder son of the Rev Simon Charles David Fergusson by his wife the former Auriole Kathleen Hughes-Onslow, descended from the Earls of Onslow. and was a grandson paternally of Sir Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet GCB, GCMG, DSO, MVO (1865-1951), by his wife the former Lady Alice Mary Boyle (d 1958), daughter of the 7th Earl of Glasgow.

He married in 1974, Jane Merryn Barthold, by whom he had three sons.

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