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Sir Alistair Irwin
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1970-2005
Rank General
Commands held 1 Bn The Black Watch Regiment
39 Infantry Brigade
HQ Northern Ireland
Battles/wars Operation Banner
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire

General Sir Alistair Stuart Hastings Irwin KCB CBE is a former Adjutant-General to the Forces in the United Kingdom.

Army career

Educated at St. Andrews University and Sandhurst,[1] Alistair Irwin joined The Black Watch Regiment in 1970.[2] He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1 Bn The Black Watch Regiment in 1985.[1] From 1992 to 1994 he commanded 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Ireland.[1]

In 1997 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst[1] and in 1999 he became Military Secretary.[1] He served as General Officer Commanding Northern Ireland from December 2000 to January 2003 when he was appointed Adjutant-General to the Forces,[3] a post he held until he retired in June 2005.[4] During his tour as Adjutant-General he strongly defended the Future Army Structure, particularly the creation of the Royal Regiment of Scotland from the regiments of the Scottish Division.[5]

He was awarded the CBE in November 1994[6] and the KCB in June 2002.[7]

He is President of the Royal British Legion for Scotland and also acted as honorary Colonel of Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps from 2006 to 2008.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alistair Irwin: Short Biography
  2. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 45303, p. 1399, 12 February 1971. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  3. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56824, p. 719, 21 January 2003. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  4. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 57705, p. 9324, 19 July 2005. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  5. ^ Army defends regiments shake-up BBC News, 16 December 2004
  6. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 53855, p. 16321, 21 November 1994. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  7. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56595, p. 2, 15 June 2002. Retrieved on 2009-09-27.
  8. ^ Eruma appoints General Sir Alistair Irwin as strategic adviser Info4Security, 22 August 2008
Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Hew Pike
General Officer Commanding the British Army in Northern Ireland
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Trousdell
Preceded by
Sir Timothy Granville-Chapman
Adjutant General
Succeeded by
Sir Freddie Viggers


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