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MACBRIDE, John (1735-1800) Captain, Admiral of The Blue RN

Born in Scotland, he had a distinguished naval career in various wars, and was instrumental in securing a British settlement on the Falkland Isles.

MACKENZIE, George. Admiral RN

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MACKENZIE, Sir Hugh Stirling “Rufus” (1913-1996) KCB, DSO, DSC. Admiral RN

One of the most distinguished submarine commanders of the second world war.

MACKENZIE, Thomas (1753-1813) Admiral RN

Son of Admiral George MacKenzie.

MACKENZIE, Thomas. (1740-1786) Admiral Imperial Russian Navy

Scottish admiral and founder of the vitally important Russian Black Sea naval base of Sevastapol in Ukraine.

MAITLAND, Frederick Lewis KCB (1777-1839) Rear Admiral RN

Born in Fife, Scotland, he saw much naval action but is remembered principally because he first negotiated, and then received, the surrender of Napoleon Bonaparte aboard his 74 gun ship HMS Bellerophon on 15 July 1815, thereby seeing  an end to the Napoleonic Wars.

MCKELLAR, Archibald “Archie” DSO, DFC & Bar. (Fighter Ace)

Born Paisley, Renfrewshire (1912-1940) He is credited with 21 confirmed aerial victories including five in one day. On 1st November 1940, he was shot down and killed one day after the official end of the Battle of Britain.

MCLURE, John (1837-1920) Admiral Imperial Chinese Navy

Born in Kirkcudbright, he attained his naval rank in 1894, and at the same time was appointed to the highest class of Mandarins.

Moffat, John William Charlton (b. 1919) Fleet Air Arm pilot

Born in the Scottish Borders near Kelso. Is famous for crippling the German battleship Bismark with a torpedo while flying his carrier based Fairey Swordfish biplane. He celebrated his 90th birthday in June 2009 by performing aerobatics in a light aircraft.

MOWATT, Andrew of Hugoland (c.1535-c.1611) Admiral Royal Danish Navy

A Scottish flag officer in the Royal Danish Navy, appointed by Christian IV of Denmark.

MURRAY, James. Counter (Rear) Admiral Royal Polish Navy

James Murray (Jacob Mora) was a 17th century Scottish shipbuilder and master mariner in Polish service. In 1627 at the battle of Oliwa he commanded the galleon Krol Dawid (King David) when the Poles defeated a fleet of the Swedish Navy.

PINKERTON, George DFC (Fighter Ace)

Born Glasgow 1916. A Renfrewshire farmer and Spitfire pilot. On 16 October 1939 while flying with 602 City of Glasgow squadron, engaged the first German aircraft to be shot down over British soil.

REID, William VC (1921-2001)

Born Baillieston near Glasgow, Scotland. He was awarded the VC for most conspicuous bravery on the night of November 3rd 1943, for his actions as pilot and captain of a Lancaster bomber taking part on a raid on Dusseldorf.

ROSS, Sir James Clark Ross (1800-1862) Admiral RN

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ROSS, Sir John {1777-1856) Admiral RN

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Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum

Located in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow.

Scottish Casualties WW1

Of the 557,000 Scots enlisted, 26.4% lost their lives. The rest of the British army lost 11.8%.


Scottish Regiments

Websites containing lists of Scottish regiments and their history.

SMITH, James Robert 1891-N/A) Fighter Ace

Born Shetland, Scotland. Emigrated to Canada in 1910. Returned to UK on outbreak of war in 1914 and downed 5 enemy aircraft. Returned to Canada in 1919.

STIRLING, James (1791-1865) Admiral RN


The Black Watch Museum

The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) Museum. Balhousie Castle, Perth.

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