John MacMillan (British Army officer)

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Sir John MacMillan
Born 8 February 1932
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1953–1991
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 1st Battalion, Gordon Highlanders
39th Infantry Brigade
Eastern District
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

Lieutenant General Sir John Richard Alexander MacMillan KCB, CBE (born 8 February 1932) was General Officer Commanding Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of General Sir Gordon MacMillan and educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, MacMillan was commissioned into the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in 1953.[1]

He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1st Battalion the Gordon Highlanders in 1971[1] and Commander of 39th Infantry Brigade, a unit permanently stationed in Northern Ireland, in 1977.[1] He was given the colonelcy of the Gordon Highlanders from 1978 to 1986.[2]

He became General Officer Commanding Eastern District in 1982, Assistant Chief of the General Staff in 1984 and General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 1988.[1] He retired in 1991.[1]

In 1995 he became Chairman of the Erskine Hospital in Renfrewshire.[3]

Family[edit]

He married Belinda Webb: they went on to have one son and two daughters.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ "The Gordon Highlanders". regiments.org. Archived from the original on 30 December 2005. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  3. ^ Major rebuilding project planned for Erskine Hospital Glasgow Herald, 9 March 1995
Military offices
Preceded by
Laurence New
Assistant Chief of the General Staff
1984–1987
Succeeded by
Charles Guthrie
Preceded by
Sir Norman Arthur
GOC Scotland
1988–1991
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Graham