History of the CFSNA
|History of the Clan Ferguson Society of North America|
The Clan Fergusson Society of North America (CFSNA) came into existence at the Granfather Mountain Highland Games, Linville, North Carolina, on July 9, 1972, when the Constitution and By-Laws prepared by an Organizing Committee were adopted. Guidance in the formation of the Society was received from the late Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, Baronet. The founders of the Society were Malcolm S. Ferguson, John A. Ferguson, and Thomas G. Ferris. Malcolm served as the Society’s first president, and John as its second. Thomas was a lawyer and oversaw all of the legal aspects of incorporating the Society as an IRS non-profit entity.
The CFSNA was founded for the charitable purposes of advancing education, science, and the arts; collecting and preserving literary, historical and genealogical records, documents and relics relating to the history of Clan Fergusson and Scotland; honoring our Scottish heritage; inspiring among our members, descendants and other Scots, the pride and spirit of our Scottish ancestors, and perpetuating for the present and future those traditions, values, qualities and attitudes from the past which have proven to be of sound social benefit. Most of the Society’s membership reside in Canada or the United States, however it also has members from as far away as Australia and the United Kingdom. Sir Charles Fergusson, in Scotland, is the Honorary President of the Society and the current President, the Society’s tenth, is Billy Ferguson who lives in Georgia.
While the Society in Scotland and the Clan Fergusson Society of North America are separate and loosely associated, they are united through common loyalty to one Chief, and through kinship and a common heritage.