The Hon. George Duncan Raukawa Fergusson Former Governor of Bermuda
George Duncan Raukawa Fergusson is a British diplomat and a former Governor of Bermuda.
Early life and education
George Fergusson was born in 1955, the son of Baron Ballantrae, who was Governor-General of New Zealand 1962-1967. His middle name "Raukawa" is Māori and reflects the history of Fergussons being appointed to vice-regal posts in New Zealand (two Governors and two Governors-General; George Fergusson is a direct descendant of all four). He was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he edited the student newspaper The Tributary
Fergusson joined the Northern Ireland Office in 1978. While serving in Belfast he introduced the Foreign Office to Christie Davies' humourous suggestion that Northern Ireland be the new home of Hong Kong's British population when the territory was returned to China in 1997. In 1988 he transferred to the Foreign Office as 1st Secretary (Political) in Dublin.
From 1991 to 1993, he was in the Soviet and then the Eastern Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. From 1994, he was 1st Secretary (Political/Information) in Seoul, and in 1996 he returned to London as Deputy Head of the Southern African Department. Later, in 1996, he became Head of the Republic of Ireland Department.
In 1999, Fergusson became Consul-General in Boston, and in 2003 was seconded to the Cabinet Office as Head of the Foreign Policy Team.
In 2006 he was appointed High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, and Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, and left Wellington in May 2010.
Fergusson was seriously injured in a mugging attack on 20 April 2012 in London. He suffered facial injuries that resulted in loss of the sight in his left eye.
On 23 May 2012 Fergusson took over as Governor of Bermuda from the retiring Sir Richard Gozney and served until 2 August 2016.
He is married to Margaret (née Wookey), and they have three daughters. The couple also had a son, who died in 2005.
George Fergusson Sworn In as Governor of Bermuda, 23 May 2012
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