Our Chieftain

Until recently the Chieftain of the Ballater Highland Games was Captain Alwyne A. C. Farquharson M.C. of Invercauld. Captain and Madam Farquharson personally attended the Games and took a deep interest in the success of this important event in the Royal Deeside calendar.

His appointment was duly confirmed at a Public Meeting of the Games held on 24th November 1948. Captain Farquharson celebrated his 102nd birthday in 2021 and also hands over the role of Games Chieftain to his Great nephew, Philip Farquharson of Invercauld Yr.

Our Games pipers are playing at the Memorial Stone at Monaltrie Park to mark the occasion of the changeover from Capt. Farquharsons 73 years as Chieftain and Philip's first.

Captain Farquharson is the 16th Chief of the Clan Farquharson and can trace his lineage back to Farquhar, 4th Son of Alexander Ciar (Shaw) Mackintosh of Rothiemurcus (1411 – 1492), his Aberdeenshire descendants calling themselves Farquharson.

The Clan Farquharson Society maintains a strong connection with our Games and holds its annual reunion during Games week at a hospitality marquee in the Games Park, where they welcome Clan members from all over the world.

Further information on the Clan Farquharson website is available from our links page.


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