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Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet Passes Away

Today in Masonic History Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet passes away in 1951.

Charles Fergusson, 7th Baronet was a British soldier and politician.

Fergusson was born January 17th, 1865. He would attend Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

After graduating, Fergusson would join the Grenadier Guards in 1883. He would serve in the Sudan and in 1899 would become the Commanding Officer of the 15th Sudanese Regiment.

In 1901, Fergusson would be named Adjutant General of the Egyptian Army.

In 1907, Fergusson would become a Brigadier-General on the staff of the Irish Command. In 1913 he would become the General Officer Commanding the 5th Division in Ireland. This position would put him in the middle of the Curragh incident, also called the Curragh Mutiny. The Curragh incident occurred as Ireland was gaining more ground toward self governance. Members of the British military who opposed this transition, for a variety of reasons, threatened to resign or not follow orders given in support of the transition.

Fergusson would be in command of a variety of units throughout World War I. After the war he would become the military Governor of Cologne before retiring in 1922.

In 1923, Fergusson was appointed Governor General of New Zealand. It was a position Fergusson's father had held and Fergusson's son would be the last British appointed Governor General of New Zealand.

Fergusson was the Grand Master of New Zealand from 1925 to 1928 during his term as Governor General.