Ronald Ferguson

Life Guards
Born Oct 10, 1931

Major Ronald Ivor Ferguson was the father of Sarah, Duchess of York, former wife to The Duke of York. He is the maternal grandfather of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. Major Ferguson was polo manager, initially to the The Duke of Edinburgh and later, for many years, to The Prince of Wales.… Read More

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1931 Birth Born on October 10, 1931.


1952 20 Years Old He entered the Life Guards in 1952, the regiment of which his father had previously been Colonel. … Read More
1956 24 Years Old Ferguson's first wife was Susan Wright. They married in St Margaret's, Westminster on 17 January 1956. They had two daughters: Jane Louisa, born on 26 August 1957, and Sarah Margaret, later the Duchess of York, born on 15 October 1959. They divorced in 1974. During their marriage, the Fergusons were recognised society figures. The Major retired from his army career and his family moved to Dummer Down Farm which he inherited upon his father's death. In 1976, Ferguson married for the second time to Susan Deptford. … Read More


1979 47 Years Old In 1979, on the England II team alongside Alan Kent, Patrick Churchward and Charles, Prince of Wales, he won the Silver Jubilee Cup.


1987 55 Years Old In 1987, he was entered as an officer (brother) in the Venerable Order of Saint John. … Read More
1988 56 Years Old In 1988, while his daughter Sarah was married to Prince Andrew, the News of the World printed a story about Ferguson's membership of the Wigmore Club, "a health club and massage parlour in London staffed by girls who, dressed in starched white 'medical' gowns, allegedly offered à la carte sexual services to members." … Read More


1996 64 Years Old His rare media appearances were to defend his daughter Sarah and raise awareness of prostate cancer. He battled cancer during the last decade of his life. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1996, and also had skin cancer.
2003 71 Years Old In March 2003, he died, aged 71, of a heart attack at the Hampshire Clinic, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. … Read More
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