Alister Guthrie Davidson, 2nd of Davidston
Younger of Davidston, Tainist, (heir to the title)
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Jock was born 27 May 1924, son of Lionel Guthrie William Davidson and Wendela Mabel Hunter, in Dargaville, northwest of Waipu, where his father had a sheep and cattle property. He was educated at Pukehuia Primary School and later boarded at Whangarei Boys High School.
On completing his schooling he enlisted at the age of 18 in the Royal New Zealand Air Force where he trained as an engine fitter. In September 1943 he was posted to the Pacific War zone. He served in the Pacific until the end of 1944, returning and serving in the Air Force in New Zealand until demobilized in 1946.
A career with an engineering supply firm followed where he eventually became Divisional Manager and finally consultant before his retirement in 1984. Jock married Kathleen Mary Goulding on 24 January 1953 and they raised their three children, Kay, Grant and Jeffrey in Auckland. Sadly Kay passed away on 1 August 2014 in Auckland.
Jock has been a keen sportsman all his life and he and Mary were enthusiastic golfers and gardeners prior to their moving into a retirement village in Auckland. Since succeeding to the Chieftainship, Jock along with Mary have actively promoted the clan in New Zealand. He is an acknowledged promoter of Scottish tradition and Celtic heritage and recognised by the Celtic Council of Australia, which awarded him one of its highest honours, Cyfaill y Celtaid.
On 26 December 2014, Chief Jock passed away suddenly in Auckland. His clansmen will always remember the quiet dignity that Jock brought to his role as Chief. He was held in the highest esteem and greatly respected by all who knew him. In the fulfilment of his Chiefly sevice he brought honour on himself, his family and his Clan.
Chief Jock with sons Grant (left) and Jeffrey (right)