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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB 0099 KCLMA McGeoch
McGEOCH, V Adm Sir Ian (1914-2007)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
13 boxes


Name of creator(s)

McGEOCH, V Adm Sir Ian (1914-2007)

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)

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

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.

System of arrangement

Original order.

Conditions of access & use

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 supplied 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 Archives and Information Management.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London

Description control

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.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Oct 2008, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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  • Armed forces
  • Arms control
  • Defence
  • Defence policy
  • Disarmament
  • Environmental degradation
  • Facilities
  • Fisheries
  • Fuels
  • Higher science education
  • History
  • Marine conservation
  • Marine pollution
  • Military affairs
  • Military bases
  • Military education
  • Military history
  • Military organizations
  • Military science
  • Natural heritage
  • Nature conservation
  • Naval affairs
  • Naval bases
  • Naval personnel
  • Oil
  • Peace
  • Political science
  • Politics
  • Pollution
  • Social sciences
  • State security
  • State security
  • Water pollution

Personal names

  • BAILLY, Sir Louis Edward Stewart Holland Leb, Knight, Vice Admiral (1915)
  • HACKETT, Sir John Winthrop, Knight, General (1910-1997)
  • HOWARD, Sir Michael Eliot, Knight, author and military theorist (b 1922)
  • MCGEOCH, Sir Ian (Lachlan Mackay, Knight, Vice Admiral (1914-2007)
  • MOUNTBATTEN, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Admiral of the Fleet (1900-1979)
  • McGEOCH, V Adm Sir Ian (1914-2007)

Corporate names

  • British Atlantic Committee
  • Conservative party
  • House of Commons Defence Committee
  • RN
  • Royal Navy Engineering College
  • Royal Navy x Royal Navy
  • Royal United Services Institute


  • Baltic Sea
  • Canada
  • England
  • England
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Hampshire
  • London
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • North America
  • North Sea
  • Portsmouth
  • Seas
  • Toronto
  • UK
  • UK
  • Western Europe
  • Western Europe

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