Feature photo: Major General Michael Scott (second from left) CO of the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards, during the Falklands War. MGen Scott is pictured in the company of three former members of his battalion who served with him at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown in June, 1982.
“The free World owes much to the fighting spirit of Canadian Forces who came to our aid in both World Wars and elsewhere. I would always be happy to have Canadian soldiers alongside.”
Michael Ian Eldon Scott, CB, CBE, DSO was born 3 March 1941. He was educated at Bradfield College and the Royal Military College Sandhurst, and was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1960.
In 1965, Scott was made an equerry to the Duke of Gloucester. In 1966 he was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards, and in 1968 became Aide-de-Camp to Earl Cathcart. In1981, he was appointed Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, Scots Guards.
After the invasion of the Falklands Islands by Argentina in April 1982, on the night of 13-14 June 1982 Scott commanded the victorious attack of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards and supporting units in the Battle of Tumbledown Mountain. Scott and his troops successfully cleared positions held by the Argentine Marines 5th Naval Infantry Battalion, thereby clearing the way for British Forces to enter Port Stanley and end the war. At the conclusion of the campaign Scott was awarded the Distinguished Service Order, and several members of his battalion were decorated for valour.
After the Falklands War, from 1984 to 1986 Scott commanded the 8th Infantry Brigade in Ulster during Operation Banner. Subsequently, he was appointed Deputy Military Secretary, and in 1993 was appointed General Officer Commanding Scotland and Governor of Edinburgh Castle. In 1995, he was appointed to the office of Military Secretary.
Scott retired from the British Army in 1997 as a Major General with 37 years of service. Following his retirement, he became the first lay Complaints Commissioner of the General Council of the Bar. He is now a military historian.
A lecture given at the National Army Museum by Major General Scott on his book “Scapegoats” may be found here