Alan McGlashan

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Alan McGlashan

Alan Fleming McGlashan, MC (20 October 1898 in Bedworth, Nottinghamshire – 6 May 1997 in London) was a British pilot and doctor.

His father was a medical doctor in General Practice. McGlashan joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1916, later the RAF.

After constantly flying over German lines, he was Mentioned in Despatches, awarded the MC and the Croix de Guerre with Palm, the citation reading, He has accomplished all his missions with the greatest devotion, and on many occasions has succeeded in reconnaissance at very low altitude in perilous conditions under violent enemy fire.

The Exhibition he won to Clare College Cambridge had been deferred to 1918 (B.A. 1921). He trained for the medical profession at St George's Hospital (MRCS and LRCP 1924). After qualifying, he joined a tramp steamer as ship's surgeon. He also worked as a drama critic for The Observer and News Chronicle.

After joining his father in general practice, he trained at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, qualifying as a consultant psychiatrist (D.P.M.) in 1940.

Later, after meeting C.G. Jung and reading his works, Dr. McGlashan, though eclectic in his work, leaned strongly towards Jungian analysis. Between 1941 and 1945 Dr. McGlashan was consulting psychiatrist on the War Office Selection Board. He was a member of the psychiatric staff at St George's Hospital, the Maudsley Hospital and the West End Hospital; his private practice was for many years in Wimpole Street, and later at his home. His patients including HRH The Prince of Wales and, as she would become, Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 1934 he married Hilda Cameron-Smith (died 1975), and in 1979 he married Sasha Baldi.

Laurens van der Post and Arthur Koestler were close friends. He died in London on 6 May 1997, aged 98.


McGlashan's interests included flying gliders, ballooning, tennis, and bridge.


  • Hinshaw, Robert (21 May 1997). "OBITUARY : Dr Alan McGlashan". The Independent. Retrieved 13 September 2010. McGlashan was the son of a general practitioner of Scottish origin who had a passion for the sea; he was drowned during the Second World War when the Domala, on which he was serving as ship's surgeon - after lying about his age - was bombed. Alan was educated at Epsom College before entering the RFC (later the RAF) at a tender age during the First World War, and flying many perilous missions, including two aerial encounters with the "Red Baron", the German ace Baron von Richthofen. McGlashan was awarded the MC and the Croix de Guerre avec Palmes, and was frequently mentioned in dispatches. 


  • The Savage and Beautiful Country, Chatto & Windus 1966, Houghton 1967. Expanded edition Daimon Publishers 1988, ISBN 3-85630-517-3
  • Gravity and Levity, Chatto 1975, Houghton 1976. Expanded edition Daimon Publishers 1994, ISBN 3-85630-548-3
  • The Freud/Jung Letters – abridged with preface by A. McGlashan 1979, ISBN 0-691-03643-8
  • St. George & the Dragon, Selwyn Blunt 1931
  • Contributor to Suicide of a Nation, ed. Arthur Koestler 1963
  • Contributions to Lancet, Listener, Encounter, Realités, Parabola, Harvest, four of the Take-Home Books, Pergamon Press 1964-70
  • Contribution 'How to be Haveable' to The Rock Rabbit and the Rainbow, editor Robert Hinshaw, Daimon Publishers 1998, ISBN 3-85630-540-8
  • The Times 24 September 1983 p. 8: 'Treat the Patient as a Person'