CSSS members of the council

Chief and Honorary President    The Right Honourable, the Countess of Sutherland

Clan Chief's Representative    Lord Alistair Strathnaver

Honorary Vice President    Iain Sutherland, conductor and composer

Elected Members of Council

President    Dr Linda Gilmore Sutherland

Vice-President & Historian    James B Sutherland

Treasurer       David Sutherland

Secretary       Douglas Sutherland

Bookkeeper    Isabel Bonner

Membership Secretary, Genealogist,                                                                     Webmaster, Sans Peur Times editor    Mark Sutherland Fisher

Council members

John Gordon

Marie Hodgkinson

Joan Powell

Jeanie Sutherland

Robert F Sutherland


You can contact any of the elected members of council by using the 'Contact Us' page.

Biographies:  Get to know the clan council

Linda Gilmore Sutherland was born in the United States, but moved to Scotland in 1965. She obtained her PhD from the University of Aberdeen where she worked for 20 years. She then moved to Edinburgh where she joined the University of Edinburgh with which she still works on the discovery of new medications for the treatment of neglected diseases such as sleeping sickness and kala-azar. She now lives in France with her husband Douglas (CSSS secretary), but retains a great love of Scotland and Scottish traditions. She is proud of her Scottish ancestry.

James B Sutherland  James Brown Sutherland was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1942. He is a life member of the Society since 1979, and is a Member of the Heraldry Society of Scotland and the Pipe Roll Society. He has a strong interest in DNA Research, Genealogy and Clan History. James retired as a company director in 2007. He completed 12 years as an NCO in the Royal Engineers in 1973 serving in Germany, Kenya, Aden, Singapore, Malaya and Thailand. After leaving the Army he held various positions in the Cement, Electricity, Building and Fly-Ash industries. He now lives in Symington with his wife Valerie and has two sons and two lovely granddaughters. He was delighted recently to complete his family tree linking it to the Sutherlands of Duffus.

David Sutherland was born, as they say ‘in his granny’s hoose’ in the small village of Rosemarkie, on the Black Isle. The family moved to the neighbouring village of Fortrose when he was about 5, and David was educated at Fortrose Primary School and Academy. When he was 20 he began a life-long career in the police service, including a posting in Golspie 1981-1986. During this time he joined the Clan Sutherland Society in Scotland, and served on the council. David was seconded at various times to units in Northern Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany. With a change in direction rather than retirement, he is now a chauffeur with the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts based at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, near Culloden Moor.

Douglas Sutherland  Ian Douglas Sutherland was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) where his father was a tea planter. He qualified in Scotland as a Chartered Surveyor and remained with the same firm for 40 years until he retired in 2005. He has two children and two grandchildren. Now living in France but maintains strong links with Scotland and is proud to appear on the family tree of the Sutherlands of Forse. Douglas joined the Clan Society at its inception, and is looking forward to the 40th Anniversary in 2017. He was president of the Society 2003-2005.

Isabel M Bonner (née Sutherland) 

Born Applecross Wester Ross.  My late father was from Berriedale, Caithness and my late mother was from North Tolsta, Isle-of-Lewis and were Clan Society members 1977.  I have two daughters and two granddaughters.  I have lived in Golspie for over 40 years where my husband John and I had a painting and decorating business.  Life member of the Society from 1989 and bookkeeper to the Society from 2006.  Proud to be Scottish.

Mark Sutherland Fisher  Mark has been a Life Member of the Society since 1984 and served as President 1993-1996. A former solicitor, he runs an HR and Employment Law Consultancy practice. Mark has been Clan Genealogist for 20 years and now edits our online newsletter Sans Peur Times. Administrator of the Sutherland DNA project, Mark’s aim is to continue expanding our knowledge of people bearing the name “Sutherland” and the descendants of Freskyn of Moravia, founder of the Sutherland family.

John Gordon was born in 1964 at the Old Pope Hospital in Helmsdale. His mother is from Golspie and his father from Little Torboll near the Mound built in 1814-1816 between Dornoch and Golspie. His Gordon family has been living on a croft at Little Torboll since the beginning of the eighteen hundreds and they still live there today. John works offshore and has been doing this for over 36 years. ‘One thing I love doing is to trace or to find out more information on the different branches of my family tree. I am very proud of my Sutherland and Scottish ancestry.’

Marie Hodgkinson was born in Australia. She has a Bachelor of Education from the University of Southern Queensland, and taught in primary education for 28 years. She has travelled widely and visited her “Sutherland home” on half a dozen occasions. She inherited a love of Scotland from her mother and has been a long-time member of Clan Sutherland Society Australia. Her Sutherland ancestors arrived in Australia in 1852.

Joan Powell


Jeanie Sutherland  G. Jeanie Sutherland was born in England and moved to the north of Scotland on retirement. Jeanie was an NHS health professional from student nurse training in 1963 working in the health service until 2005 and is currently the NHS Retirement Fellowship Scottish Chairman. Jeanie has three children and six grandchildren. She has been an active Clan Society member since 1993 (she served as president 2008 – 2016) travelling to Canada and America in recent years to clan gatherings.

Robert F Sutherland  Robert Fraser Sutherland Jr. is now retired, since 1999, after a 41 year career as a Senior Electrical Design Engineer and Product Line Manager in the defence industry. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration. Bob has also retired after 24 years’ service in the United States Army Reserves with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He now lives in Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA with his wife Barbara, dividing his time between his family and his involvement with the Clan Sutherland Societies in Scotland and the USA. Bob has always treasured his Scottish roots and hopes to pass that on to others. 


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