Meet The Chief

Our Chief, Jamie Macnab of Macnab...

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.  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.  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.  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 am mourning the recent death of my father James Charles Macnab of Macnab. His ashes and those of my mother will be interred side by side on Innis Bhuidhe (the clan the Burial Island) in Killin on 15th March, after a Memorial Service in The Killin Parish Church of Scotland.

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.

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Jamie Macnab of Macnab

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