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McGEOCH, V Adm Sir Ian (1914-2007)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA McGeoch
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: McGEOCH, V Adm Sir Ian (1914-2007)
Date(s): 1946-1996
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 12 boxes
Name of creator(s): McGeoch | Sir | Ian (Lachlan Mackay) | 1914-2007 | Knight | Vice Admiral


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1914; educated Pangbourne College; joined Royal Navy, 1931; commander of HM Submarine SPLENDID, 1942-1943; Staff Officer (Operations), 4 Cruiser Sqdn, 1944-1945; commander HMS FERNIE, 1946-1947; 4 Submarine Sqdn, 1949-1951; 3 Submarine Sqdn, 1956-1957; Director of Undersurface Warfare, Admiralty, 1959; Imperial Defence College, 1961; Commander HMS LION, 1962-1964; Admiral President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich, 1964-1965; Flag Officer Submarines, 1965-1967; Flag Officer, Scotland and Northern Ireland, 1968-1970; retired, 1970; member of the Queen's Bodyguard for Scotland, the Royal Company of Archers, 1969-2003; editor of the Naval Review, 1972-1980; MPhil at Edinburgh University, 1975; died, 2007.

Publications: The Princely Sailor: Mountbatten of Burma (London: Brassey's 1996)


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Vice Admiral Sir Ian McGeoch, 1946-1996, including papers from McGeoch's naval career including his time as commander of Royal Navy Base Portsmouth, 1955; as Naval Liaison Officer, RAF Coastal Command, 1955-1956 and as Flag Officer, Submarines and Northern Ireland and Scotland, 1965-1970.

Research notes, essays and transcripts of talks by McGeoch on naval topics including research notes for The Princely Sailor: Mountbatten of Burma; editorials and articles by McGeoch for Naval Forces; correspondence including with Vice Admiral Sir Louis Le Bailly, 1993-1994; Sir John Hackett and Michael Howard, 1971; papers relating to the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies including correspondence regarding submissions and talks by McGeoch, newsletters, annual reports, articles by McGeoch, council minutes, charter, bye-laws and standing orders, 1950-1991 and printed books and journals on military history.

Papers and correspondence on topics including party politics in McGeoch's local area, particularly the Conservative Party, 1971-1974; the British Atlantic Council, 1974-1994; national security, disarmament and arms control, 1974-1986; the security of North Sea oil rigs, 1975-1981; fisheries and pollution in the North Sea, 1976; the Baltic and Mediterranean protection of the marine environment; UK defence policy, 1981; the British Atlantic Committee, 1983-1984; the Atlantic Treaty Association Assembly, Toronto, 8-13 Oct 1984; House of Commons Defence Committee, 1986-1988; the future of the Royal Navy Engineering College, Manadon, and McGeoch's campaign to keep it open, 1993; McGeoch's letter to The Times and on whether Polaris submarines should have a Christian launching service and the education of Royal Navy officers, 1993-1994.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be provided for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services and Information Management, King's College London.

Finding aids:

Box list available in the Centre's reading room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received from the family in two accessions, 2007 and 2008.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Entry compiled by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who; Obit: The Times 20 Aug 2007.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Oct 2008

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