Mark Sutherland-Fisher Esq. OStJ

Mark Sutherland-Fisher Esq. OStJ

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Mark Sutherland-Fisher Esq. OStJ was born in Scotland.
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Mark attended Allan Glen's School, Glasgow 1972-1978 and was in the final year's private school intake before Glasgow Corporation forced it into the council-run comprehensive system. One of the younger members of the Labour dominated Glasgow Corporation at that time was a Labour Councillor, now the Rt.Hon. Sir Vince Cable P.C., M.P., Leader of the Liberal Democrat party.

Mark's parents were actively involved in community activities and in particular the Boys' Brigade. The 101st Glasgow Company was based in Balshagray Parish Church, Broomhill, Glasgow which both were members of. Jack was an Officer in the Junior Section then called "the Life Boys" and Margaret was a Leader in the youngest Section known as "the Shipmates".

Between the ages of 5 and 8, Mark attended the Shipmates. Between the ages of 8 and 12, Mark attended the Life Boys. Between the ages of 12 and 18 Mark attended the Boys' Brigade. During his passage through the Boys' Brigade, Mark attained the various ranks and on leaving, was commissioned as an Officer in which role he served until his University studies had to take priority. In 1978 Mark received the highest award when he was appointed a "Queen's Man. In the same year, Mark led his team of 4 to success as Top-of-the-Form Champions at the United Kingdom and Ireland Final held in Southampton. The quiz was based on the then popular television quiz programme and followed a similar format with questions for individual members and team rounds. During his years in the Boys' Brigade, one of Mark's friends and colleagues was David Moyes who went on to play professional football at a number of clubs including Glasgow Celtic but is best known as a professional football manager at Preston North End, Everton and Manchester United, following in the footsteps of Sir Alex Ferguson, himself an ex-Glasgow Boys' Brigade member.

From an early age, Mark developed an interest in local and national politics. Between 1973 and 1996 he was actively involved in the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Association serving at many levels and in the 1980s was Chairman of the Northern Area, Scotland when Raymond Robertson (subsequently MP for Aberdeen South) and Jackson Carlaw (currently Deputy Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party at Holyrood and MSP for Eastwood) served as Scottish Chairmen and the Rt.Hon. Dr Liam Fox (currently Secretary of State for International Trade in the Westminster Government) served as Scottish Vice Chairman.

Politics was in Mark's blood. A number of members of his extended family held political office in the United Kingdom and various Commonwealth Countries. Best known is probably the Rt.Hon. Thomas Johnston C.H., F.R.S.E. P.C.. who served as Secretary of State for Scotland in Winston Churchill's War Cabinet 1941-1945.

In 1982 while in the middle of studying for his honours examinations, Mark stood as the Conservative Candidate for the then Strathclyde Regional Council seat of Mount Vernon/Baillieston coming 2nd behind the sitting Labour councillor David Hay.

In 1987 Mark stood at the United Kingdom General Election as the Conservative Candidate for the Glasgow Shettleston Constituency coming 2nd behind the sitting Labour member David Marshall. The candidates in the adjacent seats were the Hon. Sir Bernard Jenkin and his future wife the Hon. Anne Strutt, now Baroness Jenkin. All 3 candidates were supported during the campaign at a public meeting held in Mark's old school Allan Glen's by guest of honour, the Rt.Hon. Edward Heath, Conservative Prime Minister 1970-1974.

Mark then read Law at the University of Glasgow graduating LL.B. (Hons.) in 1982 and Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Dip.L.P.) in 1983.

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In 1988 Mark was admitted a Serving Brother in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem by order of HM the Queen. In 1992 he was promoted to the rank of Officer.

Scottish by birth, Mark's paternal family has lived in the Furness peninsula on the north-western tip of Lancashire in England (now forming part of Cumbria) since the Middle Ages. The Fisher family in addition to being major farmers in the area were involved in the extraction of iron ore and shipping. Mark's 3x great granduncle James Fisher founded the family shipping company now known as James Fisher & Sons plc in 1847. The last family member to run the company was Mark's 2nd cousin Sir John Fisher.

Mark bears the Coat of Arms traditionally borne by his Fisher ancestors, reaffirmed in his Grant of Arms and Letters Patent.

Mark's maternal family is overwhelmingly Highland Scottish, his maternal grandfather being a member of the extended Sutherland of Forse family through his father and Sutherland of Duffus family through his mother.

Mark is Past President of the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland 1993-1996.

Mark has served as Genealogist of Clan Sutherland since 1993. Since 2012 he has also been editor of the e-newsletter of C.S.S.S. known as Sans Peur Times.

Mark has been co-administrator of the Sutherland DNA project at FTDNA since 2015.

Mark has written articles which have been published in the magazines and newsletters of a number of clans and history societies around the world.

Mark was elected to Membership of the Royal Stuart Society in January 2019.

In his former professional legal career Mark carried out the administrative requirements of the House of Lords to recognise John Mackenzie as Earl of Cromartie in succession to his late father.

Through his business Highland Family Heritage, Mark has accepted professional commissions to research genealogies on behalf of clients. Mark has also conducted background research on family genealogies and pedigrees to support authors and collaborated on their books. One example is "Edmonstone Chronicles" by Joan Wheeler La Grone, published in 2004 by WIN Publishers of Colorado, USA.

Mark has created the most comprehensive family tree of the Dukes, Earls, Lairds and Chiefs of Clan Sutherland 1100-2017 extending to some 31 generations and listing the various cadet lines of the family.

In June 2016 Mark was a guest speaker and contributor at the International Academic Conference at St Andrews University on the Role of the Flemish in 12th Century Scotland.

During his legal career Mark represented many well known figures who had homes in the Scottish Highlands. One such was Marion C Gibbons who along with her retired journalist husband Harry Scott Gibbons owned a small cottage in the Lairg area of Central Sutherland. It was there that Marion wrote the now famous "Hamish Macbeth" series of books. Originally set around East Sutherland, when turned into a successful television series starring Robert Carlisle in the main role, they were transported to the Applecross area of Wester Ross. Marion is better known under her pen names of M.C. Beaton and Marion Chesney. Marion dedicated the 2nd book in the Hamish Macbeth series "Death of a Cad" to Mark. He has often wondered if he was that cad!


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My Addison ancestors came from Westmorland in the northwest of England
This is a group page I administer enabling people interested in the Clan or surname to make comments, share information etc which they might not want to post on a profile page.
As Genealogist of Clan Sutherland and a direct descendant of Freskyn of Moravia (established by yDNA) I am keen to ensure the De Moravia/Sutherland family is properly narrated.
My father's family came from the Furness peninsula in North-west Lancashire
My 4x great grandmother Margaret McKenzie has been identified as a member of the Mackenzie of Gairloch family through DNA profiling.
In common with other experienced Wikitree members, I am keen to see notable individuals properly highlighted and recorded.
Abraham Pargillies was the Laird of Nether Loudoun in Midlothian. The Pargillies family ran a wigmakers business in Edinburgh in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Helping to "join the dots" among earlier generations
Project co-ordinator within the Scotland project leading on Managed Profiles
My primary interest is in the Highland Scottish clans, from most of whom I descend on one branch of the tree or another
Working with colleagues who are passionate about ensuring profiles of Scottish clan members are as accurate and relevant as possible
I am Genealogist of Clan Sutherland and Past President of the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland.
My late grandmother was descended from the Waddell family, her branch originating in Slamannan, Stirlingshire.
My Winning ancestors were Burgesses of the City of Glasgow from the early 1600s. The family included Maltsters and branched out into coalmining. Winning Row in the north-east of the city towards Parkhead is all that remains of their former properties in the Shettleston area.

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On 15 Sep 2019 at 02:19 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Mark, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

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On 13 Sep 2019 at 23:45 GMT Gary Burgess wrote:


Thanks for your info on the Wilton/Sutherland marraige which I have added to the profiles. I am very interested in the clan link you added to Maggie's profile, as I could also add such links to my Logan ancestors, when I find out how to do this. Regretably I have hit a brick wall with my Scottish Burgess ancestry.

Gary Burgess

On 3 Aug 2019 at 03:45 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi Mark!

The Appreciation Team thanks you for all for your hard work for reaching 1000+ contributions for the month July 2019. Onward and upward!

Pip Sheppard

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On 2 Jul 2019 at 22:07 GMT MaryAnn (Ford) Thomas wrote:

Impressive credentials !

On 1 Jul 2019 at 19:56 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hello, Mark!

Very well done on your making 1,000 or more contributions to WikiTree in June 2019! We commend and appreciate all of your time and effort in helping to grow and perfect our Shared Tree. Keep up the great work!

Pip Sheppard ~ WikiTree Appreciation Team

On 7 Jun 2019 at 15:54 GMT Pip Sheppard wrote:

Hi Mark!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

PS: I always learn something from you G2G posts.

On 24 May 2019 at 20:56 GMT SJ Baty wrote:

From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

On 20 Apr 2019 at 14:39 GMT Michael Thomas wrote:

Hello, Mark, I've followed the discussion of a Scotland "Ranger" program you initiated and see it has transformed into the Scottish Clans Protocol Team. I would like to join the team, if you will have me. I am the US Genealogist for Clan Murray and manage several clans for Wikitree. I have worked hard to clean up the appearance of clan profiles, and look forward to learning from the team's activities.

On 3 Apr 2019 at 19:43 GMT Maria Maxwell wrote:

Hi Mark, See which explains your new badge. These are hot off the press today.


On 2 Mar 2019 at 22:46 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Just a quick reminder message in case you have not seen if on G2G.

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