Michael Scott (British Army officer)

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Michael Scott
Born (1941-03-03) 3 March 1941 (age 77)
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1960–1997
Rank Major General
Commands held 2nd Battalion Scots Guards
8th Infantry Brigade
Scottish Command

Operation Banner
Falklands War

Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order

Major General Michael Ian Eldon Scott CB, CBE, DSO (born 3 March 1941) is a retired British Army officer who took part in the Falklands War, and held the office of the Military Secretary of the British Army.

Early life[edit]

Educated at Bradfield College[1] and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Scott was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1960.[2]

Early military career[edit]

In 1965 he was made an equerry to the Duke of Gloucester.[3] In 1966 he was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards,[1] before in 1968 becoming Aide-de-Camp to Earl Cathcart.[1]

In early 1981 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards Regiment.[1]

Falklands War[edit]

After the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina in early April 1982, in mid-June 1982 Scott commanded the victorious attack of the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards and supporting units at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown against positions held by the Argentinian Marines' 5th Naval Infantry Battalion, which cleared the way to Port Stanley and ended the war. At the conclusion of the campaign he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.[4]

Later military career[edit]

From 1984 to 1986 he commanded the 8th Infantry Brigade in Ulster during Operation Banner.[2]

In 1988 he became Deputy Military Secretary.[1] In 1993 he was made General Officer Commanding Scotland and was Governor of Edinburgh Castle. In 1995 he was appointed to the office of Military Secretary.[2]

Post-military life[edit]

On retiring from the British Army after thirty seven years service in 1997 he became the first lay Complaints Commissioner of the General Council of the Bar.[5]


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  • Royal Betrayal: The Great Baccarat Scandal of 1870. (2017).


  1. ^ a b c d e The Peerage.com
  2. ^ a b c Biography of Major General Michael Scott CB CBE DSO Buckingham Covers
  3. ^ "No. 43659". The London Gazette. 25 May 1965. p. 5069. 
  4. ^ "No. 49134". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 October 1982. p. 12844. 
  5. ^ Great Scott? Not quite, but showing promise The Lawyer, 6 September 1998
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Graham
GOC Scotland
Succeeded by
Jonathan Hall
Preceded by
Sir Robert Hayman-Joyce
Military Secretary
Succeeded by
David Burden