Ian Macfadyen

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Sir Ian Macfadyen

27th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
25 October 2000 – 1 February 2005
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Timothy Daunt
Succeeded bySir Paul Haddacks
Personal details
Ian David Macfadyen

(1942-02-19) 19 February 1942 (age 77)
Spouse(s)Sally Macfadyen
Alma materMarlborough College
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceRoyal Air Force
Years of service1960–99
RankAir Marshal
CommandsBritish Forces Middle East
RAF Leuchars
No. 23 Squadron
No. 29 Squadron
Battles/warsFalklands War
Gulf War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Companion of the Order of the Bath
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air
Viceregal styles of
Ian Macfadyen
Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.svg
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Air Marshal Sir Ian David Macfadyen, KCVO, CB, OBE, FRAeS (born 19 February 1942) is a senior Royal Air Force officer, a former Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man (2000–05) and Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle (2009–14).

RAF career[edit]

Born the son of Air Marshal Sir Douglas Macfadyen, Ian Macfadyen was educated at Marlborough College and entered the RAF College Cranwell in 1960.[1]

After service in fighter squadrons, in 1970 he became a flying instructor and a member of the Poachers formation aerobatic team[2] at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.

In 1980 as a wing commander he was appointed Officer Commanding of No. 29 Squadron flying F4 Phantom aircraft at RAF Coningsby with whom he saw operational service in the Falkland Islands,[2] and Officer Commanding of No. 23 Squadron in 1983.[1]

In 1985 as a group captain he was Station Commander at RAF Leuchars in Fife

In 1990 he became Commander of British Forces in the Middle East and from 1991 as an air vice marshal he was[1] Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, Operational Requirements (Air Systems) – ACAS OR (Air). Since 1992 Macfadyen has been the President of the Raflet Stamp Club.[3]

In 1994 he was promoted to Air Marshal and became Director General of the Saudi Arabia Armed Forces Project.[1]

He retired from the RAF in February 1999.[1]

Later life[edit]

In October 2000 Macfadyen was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.[2]

From 2006 to 2008 he was the National President of the Royal British Legion [4] and later the Honorary Inspector General of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force.

In October 2009 Macfadyen became Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle in succession to Vice Admiral Ian Jenkins.[5] Before retirement from this post in July 2014, Macfadyen was knighted by the Queen as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in a private ceremony in Windsor Castle.


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Military offices
Preceded by
Peter de la Billière
Commander British Forces Middle East
In-theatre commander for Operation Granby

Gulf War ended
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Timothy Daunt
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Mike Kerruish
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Ian Jenkins
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle
Succeeded by
Sir James Perowne
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
The Earl of Effingham
President of the Royal British Legion
Succeeded by
John Kiszely