Angus Charles Macalister was born in 1937 to Ranald MacDonald Brodie Macalister and Hilda Mary Best.
He was educated Gordonstoun School—which a few years later was to educate Prince Charles—Angus joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman despite being on first-name terms with a number of admirals at the time.
After leaving the Navy, Angus entered the world of advertising photography at a studio in London. Along with colleagues from the USA and Australia he trained and explored the galleries, film festivals and visual explosion that was London in the ‘Swinging 60s’. It was this experience that developed and honed Angus ‘ talents as a photographer and his keen appreciation of colour, design and the visual arts.
Other hobbies and interests included transport technology; model railways — he could recognize most of the world’s locomotives and practically every ship afloat. He was a lover of New Orleans jazz, a talented photographer, spoke German fluently, all while being a vigorous Scottish dancer, traveler, yachtsman and a fan of the Harry Potter stories. His wicked sense of humor and ability to laugh at the absurdities of life stayed with him always.
After retiring from active cattle and sheep farming he continued to love the land of Kintyre. He recycled to ‘save the planet’ and took his responsibilities as Laird very seriously. He was held in high regard by those to whom he gave advice or a helping hand.
Angus C. Macalister, 5th of Glenbarr passed away April 4, 2007, shortly after his 70th birthday after a long battle with cancer. Angus was a great Scot and Clansman and will be missed by all who know him and loved him. Jeanne Macalister, Dowager Madam Glenbarr, thanks all that sent the many thoughts of love and sympathy to the family.
Angus’ gift of Glenbarr Abbey to the Clan MacAlister Charitable Trust is a legacy that will live on in the lives of MacAlister’s forever. Preservation of his legacy it will fall on all of us to do more to ensure that the Clan Centre is maintained for future generations of MacAlister’s.
Angus now rests with his ancestors at Patchen. His eldest son, Duncan, takes on the mantle of the 6th Laird.
Jeanne Macalister, Dowager Madam Glenbarr, now manages the Clan Centre for the Clan MacAlister Charitable Trust with some voluntary local help. Since the winter of 2008/2009 she has resided in the adjoining Coach House, which belongs to her, and is easier to run as living accommodation.