Ronald Ferguson

Ronald Ivor Ferguson (1931 - 2003)

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Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson
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Died in Basingstoke, Hampshire, Englandmap
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Maternal grandfather of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York.

Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson (10 October 1931 – 16 March 2003) was the father of Sarah, Duchess of York, former wife to The Duke of York. Major Ferguson was polo manager, initially to the The Duke of Edinburgh and later, for many years, to The Prince of Wales.

Ronald Ferguson was the second son of Andrew Henry Ferguson (1899–1966) and his wife Lady Marian Louisa Montagu Douglas Scott (1908–1996), a first cousin of Lady Alice Montagu Douglas Scott, who became (after her wedding to Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester) Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester and an aunt-by-marriage of Elizabeth II. His grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Herbert Montagu Douglas Scott, son of Sir William Montagu Douglas Scott, 6th Duke of Buccleuch and Lady Louisa Jane Hamilton. An elder brother, John, died at 10 years of age from peritonitis. He was born in London and grew up at Dummer Down Farm, his later home in adulthood, at Dummer, near Basingstoke in Hampshire. He attended Eton College and Sandhurst, and entered the Life Guards in 1952, the regiment of which his father had previously been Colonel. Later a Major, he served with the regiment in Germany, Egypt, Aden, and Cyprus.

Ferguson's first wife was Susan Wright. They married in St Margaret's Church, Westminster on 17 January 1956. They had two daughters: Jane Louisa, born on 26 August 1957, and Sarah Margaret, later the Duchess of York, born on 15 October 1959. They divorced in 1974. During their marriage the Fergusons were recognised society figures. The Major retired from his army career and his family moved to Dummer Down Farm which he inherited upon his father's death. It left him also more time to devote to polo, another of his passions. His interest in polo frequently brought him into contact with the Royal Family, and it was through this connection that his daughter, Sarah, met Prince Andrew.

In 1975, Ferguson married for the second time to Susan Deptford. They had three children, Andrew (b. 1978), Alice (b. 1980), and Eliza Charlotte (b. 1985, Basingstoke). In 1987, Ferguson was entered as an officer (brother) in the Venerable Order of Saint John. In 1994 he published his autobiography, The Galloping Major: My Life in Singular Times.




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