Peter McLaughlin

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Peter McLaughlin
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Peter McLaughlin in The Doon School.jpg
Peter McLaughlin with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to The Doon School in November 2013.
Born 1956
Northern Ireland
Occupation Scholar, academic, writer, Headmaster of the Doon School
Education M.A., PhD
Alma mater University of Rhodesia
London School of Economics
Subject War studies, Political history, International relations, Economics
Notable works The Rhodesian War: A Military History
The Occupation of Mashonaland
Ragtime Soldiers: The Rhodesian experience in The Great War
Spouse Elizabeth McLaughlin

Peter McLaughlin (born 1956) is a British academic, historian, and educator who was Headmaster of The Doon School. Before joining Doon in 2009, he served as Headmaster of Douai School, and Principal of the British International School in Cairo and of Casterton School in England. McLaughlin retired from Doon in May, 2016.


McLaughlin was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Africa. He was educated at Prince Edward School in Salisbury, Rhodesia and University of Rhodesia in Salisbury, where he read history.[1] He then studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.



Peter McLaughlin welcoming the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, to Doon in April 2013.

McLaughlin's doctorate was a study of the role of British Imperial defence policy in shaping the Rhodesian armed forces from the 1890s to the 1950s. During the Rhodesian Bush War, he served in operational areas as a field reservist in the British South Africa Police. He set up the War Studies course at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe) and was awarded an Association of Commonwealth Universities Post-doctoral Fellowship to the London School of Economics to study the British munitions industry in the First World War.[2] He left the world of research and lecturing to carve out a successful career as a headmaster at major Independent schools in England. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Principal of the British International School in Cairo before his departure to head Casterton School.

In 2009, McLaughlin moved to India to head an independent boarding school, The Doon School, succeeding Kanti Bajpai. He has lived in Dehradun in India ever since.[3][4]

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McLaughlin is married to Elizabeth and has two sons both of whom are studying in the United Kingdom.[citation needed]



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Kanti Bajpai
Head master of The Doon School
Succeeded by