Norman Arthur

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Sir Norman Arthur
Born (1931-03-06) 6 March 1931 (age 86)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1951–1988
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
7th Armoured Brigade
3rd Armoured Division
General Officer Commanding Scotland
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Royal Victorian Order

Lieutenant General Sir John Norman Stewart Arthur, KCB, CVO (born 6 March 1931) was General Officer Commanding in Scotland.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Arthur was commissioned into the Royal Scots Greys in 1951.[1] At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome he was part of the British equestrian team for the three-day event; he withdrew after the cross-country phase.[2]

He was appointed Commanding Officer of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in 1972[1] and mentioned in despatches for service in Northern Ireland in 1974 during The Troubles.[3] He became Commander of 7th Armoured Brigade in 1976.[1]

He went on to be General Officer Commanding 3rd Armoured Division in 1980 and Director of Personal Services (Army) in 1983.[1] He was appointed General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle in 1985; he retired in 1988.[1]

In 1996 he became Lord Lieutenant of the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway Region.[4]


In 1960 he married Theresa Mary Hopkinson; they went on to have two sons (one of whom died) and a daughter.[1] He married again in 2012 to Jillian Andrews.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Debrett's People of Today 1994
  2. ^ Olympic Sports
  3. ^ "No. 46527". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 March 1975. p. 3978. 
  4. ^ Frost's Scottish Who's Who
  5. ^ Announcements The Telegraph
Military offices
Preceded by
Henry Dalzell-Payne
General Officer Commanding the 3rd Armoured Division
Succeeded by
Antony Walker
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Boswell
GOC Scotland
Succeeded by
Sir John MacMillan
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Michael Herries
Lord Lieutenant of Kirkcudbright
Succeeded by
Sir Malcolm Ross