Updated: Mar 26
I was born on 22nd March 1963. My father was "Younger of Macnab" at that time. I can remember seeing a cutting from a newspaper saying that I was the "younger, younger of Macnab". Apparently a pipe band greeted my return to Killin from the maternity hospital in Edinburgh.
I had a very happy upbringing in Killin with my sisters Virginia and Katie and my brother Geoffrey. We lived first at Finlarig and then at Kinnell. I started at the local primary school but we were sent away to boarding school - I went first to Belhaven prep school and then onto Glenalmond college. My father had to sell Kinnell Estate due to the debts left by death duties while I was at school.
After school I spent 15 months in Australia working on sheep stations which belonged to my mother's Australian cousins. The idea was for me to be toughened up by the experience but I think I came back pretty much the same person as I was before. On my return to the UK I worked as a land agent in Dorset for a year and then went to the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester to do a diploma in Land Management. I joined Savills immediately after leaving college in 1987 in the land management department in Brechin in Angus.
After qualifying as a chartered surveyor I moved to Edinburgh as an assistant in the farm and estates sales department. I soon moved into country house sales - a job I have continued to this day. I specialise in properties at the top end of the market and have been fortunate to sell some of Scotland's best castles and country houses.Â I have met and acted for a wonderful range of people during my career.
I met and married Dr Jane Macintosh, a gynaecologist, in 1994. We bought a large apartment in Edinburgh's Georgian New Town shortly after we married and have lived here ever since.Â We have been blessed with two fantastic children - Daisy born in 1999 and James born in 2000. James is the 9th first born son christened James in a row.
I was brought up into a rural way of life and did a lot of shooting when I was young. In my teens and twenties I played rugby - for my college and club rugby in Scotland. I had some speed so played on the wing. I also used to make some beer money running in the Lochearnhead Highland Games each year. As I slowed down my attention turned to golf.Â My mother's family (Anstruther) were original members of the R&A and I was very proud to become a member in 2011. I still cannot believe how lucky I am every time I tee up on the first on The Old Course.
I have followed my father becoming a Member of the Royal Company of Archers, The Queens Body Guard in Scotland. We parade at Holyrood Palace for the Royal Garden Party each year and I have also been on a parade at Buckingham Palace.
My father was keen to re-establish a Clan Macnab society in Scotland. Following the success of the Year of Homecoming in 2009 I have met with Alistair, Ken and Duncan Mcnab and we are moving slowly towards that objective. Our biggest challenge is finding a secretary who has time to get this up and going because we all struggle with the pressures of work, family and sporting lives.
I have been on the Executive of the Standing Council of Clan Chiefs as a representative of the heirs. This has given me a great insight into how the organisation and other clans operate.
I feel both proud and humble to now be Chief of the Clan. I hope that I can be a point of focus for Clansmen and women from throughout the world.