The 28th Chief: Wilkins Fisk Urquhart of Urquhart was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the eldest child and first son of the late 27th Chief Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart and his wife Mary Virginia. As a teen, living in the New Orleans’ suburb of ‘Old Jefferson’, he began playing the ‘phiob mhor’, the Great Highland bagpipe and became an enthusiastic Scottish Country dancer, and still enjoys doing both.
The Chief is the holder of two academic degrees: Bachelor of Science in International Studies from the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1982) and a Master of Arts in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri (1987). In 2011, he retired as a colonel from the United States Air Force with 28+ years of active service. During his military career, Wil had stateside assignments in Alabama, Kansas, Illinois, Washington, D.C. and multiple assignments to Germany, where he became fluent in the language. Another foreign assignment was to the Republic of Korea where he began learning that language. During his military service, Wil graduated from the General & Admiral’s Staff Officer course at the German Federal Armed Forces Academy, Hamburg (1999) and the US Air Force, Air University Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama (2001).
Since his military retirement Wil is employed in the private sector. He, his wife, Hanna, and her son Sam enjoy traveling, participating in outdoor activities, attending Clan Urquhart and family functions where they are joined by Wil’s adult stepson,Nick.
In October, 2012, Wil inherited the Urquhart chiefship on the death of his father, Kenneth, the well loved 27th Chief.
‘Ochanachar Mor’, the 28th Chief of Clan Urquhart, is a member of the standing Council of Scottish Chiefs. He is also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the Society of Scottish Armigers, and is president of the Clan Urquhart Association as well as a non-voting member of the Clan Urquhart Foundation.
His passions are spending time with his family, assisting others in developing their Christian faith, and promoting Clan Urquhart’s global heritage and projects. His hobbies include hiking, coaching youth soccer, and improving his piping and foreign language skills. He and his family look forward to meeting Urquhart kinfolk at coming events.
The Urquhart’s hereditary Scottish seat is Castle Craig, the old Urquhart stronghold on the Cromarty Firth, northeast of Inverness. He also holds the lands of Urchard overlooking Loch Meikle in Glen Urquhart.
The 27th Chief: Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart held three academic degrees, and did a great deal of original research in Civil War military history and American and Scottish family history. During his professional career, he was Director of the Confederate Museum in New Orleans. He has been associated with several universities, libraries and research institutions. In his later life he devoted himself full time to historical research and Clan Urquhart activities. A member of the Standing Council of Scottish Chiefs, he was also a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, a member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland, and many other organizations. He served as President of the Louisiana Historical Association and as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Civil War Centennial Commission. He was on the Board of Directors of the Hermitage Foundation and Patron of the Craigston Castle Trust. He served for several years as an officer in the 141st Field Artillery (Washington Artillery) of New Orleans. He became the 27th Hereditary Chief of Clan Urquhart in 1974, succeeding his father, Wilkins Fisk Urquhart. Until his passing in October 2012, the Chief resided in New Orleans with his wife, Mary Virginia. They are the parents of five children.
The 27th Chief founded the Clan Urquhart Association and issued this message to those who were interested in taking an active role in their clan:
By bearing the name of “Urquhart”, we are marked as members of an old family with a clearly identifiable history and character. Because of the wide migration of Scots, we Urquharts have become a worldwide family, Scottish by origin and Scottish by conscious choice; a family of members who, despite their diversity, view themselves as one; and proudly call themselves “Urquharts.” As Chief of this ancient clan, it falls to me to articulate the hopes and aspirations of the Family of Urquhart.
We Urquharts hope that in our lives, both personally and corporately as a clan, we will uphold the best traditions of Clan Urquhart in its long commitment to civilization at is finest; and that we will live up to the ancient motto of our clan: “Meane Weil, Speak Weil, and Doe Weil.” One could hardly have a better code of conduct than this exhortation to virtue so succinctly expressed. Let us live by this motto. If we do, surely we will be blessed, and the world will be a better place for our having been here. Let us teach our motto, by word and deed, to our children. If we do, we may be certain that they will bless and revere us as we bless and revere those who have gone before us.
We hope that our clan association will grow and prosper; and that its projects will be successful; and that they will do great good for the Clan and others. We hope for the continued successful preservation of Craigston Castle. We look forward to the day when the preservation of Castle Craig will become a reality. We hope for the development of a clan center for Clan Urquhart; the creation of a fitting memorial to the departed members of our Clan. Finally, we hope that our Clan, as a whole, and each member thereof, will be blessed with prosperity and good fortune.
Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart