Andrew MacThomas of Finegand has been the 19th Chief of Clan MacThomas since May 1970.
the current chief
He grew up in Edinburgh and was educated in both Scotland and England. He retired in 2005 from his role as Public Affairs Director of Barclays plc, one of the world's leading financial services companies based in London, where he still lives with his Dutch-born wife, Anneke. They have two children, Tom and Amy.
Finegand is Vice-President of the Clan Chattan Association; a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland; and a member of theExecutive Committee of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs.
Since succeeding to the Chiefship, Finegand has dedicated a great deal of time to promoting his ancient clan and re-establishing the Clan's historic links with Glenshee.
In the 1970's, the Chief arranged for the Clan's ancient Gathering Place, the Cockstane, which had been purchased a few years earlier by a member of his family, to be made over to the Clan Society in perpetuity.
In the 1980's, Finegand led the discussions with Tayside Regional Council which culminated in the new bridge over the River Shee at the Spittal to be named "The MacThomas Bridge" in recognition of the original clansfolk who first settled in the fields bedside the river in the 15th Century.
In the 1990's, Finegand purchased all the immediate land around the Cockstane on behalf of the Society and in the first decade of the new millennium oversaw the complete redevelopment of the Cockstane site.
To make his ancient Clan better known, Finegand was the first MacThomas Chief to visit Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA, the latter a number of times.
MacThomaidh Mhor (pronounced in Gaelic "McHomy Vor") is the correct designation of the present Chief and his successors.
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