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Alison Lady Farquharson of Finzean : A Tribute
Lad Alison Farquharson of Finzean

Alison Mary Farquharson was born on the 23rd September 1938 at her grandmother's home in Surrey. Her parents were employed in the Sudan and her mother came home for the birth of Alison. Unfortunately due to the outbreak of war she remained with her aunts and grandmother and didn't see her parents for 5 years!

She attended Benenden School in Kent, also attended by Princess Anne.

The same year Alison was born Joseph Farquharson (artist) died and death duties had to be paid leaving the estate heavily in debt.

Her parents returned from the Sudan after the Finzean House fire in 1954 and took on the onerous task of modernising the estate and replanting several hundred acres of woodland which had been felled for the war effort. This commitment to the community continues to this day. The family have gifted land for many community projects including affordable housing for families to encourage them back to their roots in Finzean and a churchyard behind the church where Alison is buried.

To say that Alison was a wonderful woman is without question . She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and active member of the community who was to be found delivering newspapers and groceries to the housebound . She was a long serving member of the WRVS and in 2008 was presented with a medal to mark her 32 years as a volunteer with the WRVS.

Alison was an honorary Vice President of our clan society and a very active member. She attended our visit to Drum Castle and our AGM only a couple of weeks before her untimely death.

Alison will be hugely missed, not only by her family and the community of Finzean but to all clan members and all who knew her. She was a truly good and unselfish person who always put the needs of others before her own.

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