Killin says a fond farewell to clan chief James Charles Macnab of Macnab

Jamie and Jeffrey Macnab at the head of the procession with the caskets of their father and mother.

Hundreds of mourners turned out in Highland Perthshire for the memorial service of the 23rd chief of the Clan Macnab, James Charles Macnab of Macnab.

He died in St Andrews aged 86 in January and yesterday’s service was held in Killin Kirk, prior to an interment on Innis Bhuidhe, the island in the Falls of Dochart in Killin. This has been the burial place of the chiefs of Clan Macnab for hundreds of years.

His wife Diana died last year, and their ashes were interred together.

Despite inclement weather, a parade was held through the village following the memorial service.

Born in London, Macnab of Macnab was educated at Radley College and at Ashburby College, Ottawa, Canada, during evacuation.

From 1944-45 he served in the RAF and the Scots Guards, and in 1945 was commissioned into the Seaforth Highlanders and served in India, Java and Singapore.

In 1948 he joined the colonial service and served in the Federation of Malaya Police Force as an assistant superintendent and deputy superintendent. He attended his last reunion of the Malaya Police Force in London in the summer of 2012.

Retiring in 1957, he took over the management of Kinnell Estate, Killin, and two years later married the Hon Diana Anstruther-Gray, elder daughter of the late Lord and Lady Kilmany, Cupar.

They had four children: Virginia, Jamie, Geoffrey and Katie. The couple enjoyed a wide circle of friends from throughout the country and had many of them to stay in Killin, often for shooting and stalking, or to go to Perth Races or the Perth Hunt Ball.

When he was in Killin Macnab of Macnab served as a Conservative county councillor in Perth, then as a regional councillor in Stirling after the boundary changes.

When his great-uncle Archibald died in 1971 he became clan chief, otherwise known as the Macnab, a role he held for 42 years. However, the estate was left with a huge death duty liability and Kinnell Estate eventually had to be sold and the family moved back to Finlarig House.

He was a strong supporter of the Lochearnhead Games the Killin Games did not exist until after he moved to Fife and was games chieftain several times.

A regular attendee at the annual meeting of the Standing Council of Scottish Clan Chiefs, Macnab of Macnab was an active participant in the International Gathering of the Clans in 1977 and the Gathering at the Scottish Homecoming in 2009.

The couple are survived by four children and eight grandchildren. Son Jamie now becomes the 24th chief of Clan Macnab.

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