History of the Chiefship

Representer of the Family, Chief of the name and Head of the Clan Urquhart. The Chief is a Patron of all branches; and he maintains contact with the branches through the Clan Commissioners who are appointed by him. Embodies the spirit of Clan in his Chiefly motto “Meane Weil, Speak Weil and Doe Weil” and inspires the Clan to “Trust and go forward”. The Chief’s position as Head of the Name is recognized by the Lord Lyon, the royal official in Scotland responsible for all matters involving clans and hereditary titles related to clans. The Chief’s title as Head of the Name is based upon his well-established descent from William de Urchard, 1st Hereditary Chief of Clan Urquhart. Under Scottish tradition, the Chief is entitled to wear three silver eagle feathers with the crest badge on his bonnet. The Chief maintains His website at www.ClanUrquhart.org.

Right to Left: Sam Jun, Colonel Wilkins Fisk Urquhart, ‘Ochanachar Mor’, 28th Chief of Clan Urquhart, and Lady Hanna Urquhart of Urquhart.

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: a 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 Trist Urquhart, the well loved 27th Chief.

Kenneth Trist Urquhart27th Chief of Urquhart
A Message from Kenneth Urquhart of Urquhart:
‘Clan Urquhart is a worldwide family made up of people from many different backgrounds who, despite their diversity, view themselves as one, and proudly call themselves ‘Urquharts’. The heritage of this ancient Scottish clan is one of commitment to noble values and family unity and continuity which has been an inspiration for centuries. This video provides a unique view of the Urquhart heritage during an historic visit by clan members to the ancestral lands of the Urquharts.’

‘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.

28TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Col. Wilkins Fisk Urquhart of Urquhart2012 – Present
27TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Kenneth Trist Urquhart of Urquhart1932 – 20121974 – 2012
26TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Wilkins Fisk Urquhart of that Ilk1896 – 19761934 – 1974
25TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Francis Fortescue of Braelangwell1868 – 19341928 – 1934
24TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:David Urquhart of Braelangwell1855 – 19281916 – 1928
23RD CHIEF OF URQUHART:Reverend Eward William Urquhart1839 – 1916 1898 – 1916
22ND CHIEF OF URQUHART:Maj. Beauchamp C. Urquhart of Meldrum1860 – 18981896 – 1898
21ST CHIEF OF URQUHART:Beauchamp C. Urquhart of Meldrum1830 – 18961861 – 1896
20TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Beauchamp C. Urquhart of Meldrum1791 – 18611835 – 1861
19TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Col. James Urquhart of Meldrum1754 – 18351793 – 1835
18TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Keith Urquhart of Meldrum1730 – 17931775 – 1793
17TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:William Urquhart of Meldrum1698 – 17751741 – 1775
16TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Col. James Urquhart of Cromarty1680 – 17411690 – 11741
15TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Johnathan Urquhart of Cromarty1659 – c. 16901678 – 1690
14TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Sir John Urquhart of Cromarty1633 – 16781667 – 1678
13TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Sir Alexander Urquhart of Cromarty1613 – 16671660 – 1667
12TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty 1611 – 16601642 – 1660
11TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty 1586 – 16421587 – 1642
10TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Henry Urquhart of Cromarty 1555 – 1587 1586 – 1587
9TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Walter Urquhart of Cromarty 1535 – 15861564 – 1586
8TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Alexander Urquhart of Comarty c. 1507 – d. 15641557 – 1564
7TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty c. 1476 – d. 15571504 – 1557
6TH CHIEF OF URQUHART: Alexander Urquhart of Cromarty c. 1445 – d. 15041475 – 1504
5TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:William Urchard of Cromarty c. 1439 – 14751472 – 1475
4TH CHIEF OF URQUHART:Sir William de Urchard of Cromartyc. 1395 – 14721425 – 1472
3RD CHIEF OF URQUHART: John de Urchard of Cromarty c. 1345 – c. 14251385 – 1425
2ND CHIEF OF URQUHART: Adam de Urchard of Cromarty c. 1310 – c. 13851348 – 1385 
1ST CHIEF OF URQUHART: William de Urchard c. 1275 – c. 13481295 – 1348