Major General Michael Scott visits Tranby

Major General Michael Scott visits Tranby


Major General Michael Scott CBCBEDSO, is a retired British Army officer who took part in the Falklands War, and held the office of the Military Secretary of the British Army. In 1965 he was made an equerry to the Duke of Gloucester. In 1966 he was appointed Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion Scots Guards before becoming Aide-de-Camp to Earl Cathcart. In early 1981 he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards.

After the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina in early April 1982, Michael commanded the victorious attack of the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards and supporting units at the Battle of Mount Tumbledown against positions held by the Argentinian Marines. At the conclusion of the campaign he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

In 1988 Michael became Deputy Military Secretary and later he was made General Officer Commanding Scotland and was Governor of Edinburgh Castle. In 1995 he was appointed to the office of Military Secretary. On retiring from the British Army after thirty seven years service, Michael became the first lay Complaints Commissioner of the General Council of the Bar.

Michael came to Tranby to talk about his book, 'Royal Betrayal'. He talked to pupils in both Prep and Senior assemblies and given his extraordinary career, he held two sessions for senior pupils studying History in the Baccarat Room where the famous scandal took place. Michael enjoyed a tour of the school with Head Boy Alex and Head Girl Emily. 

We held an evening event where guests enjoyed listening to Michael talk about his book and the history of the scandal. The event concluded with Michael presenting Headmistress Alex Wilson with the framed picture of Tranby Croft painted by the oldest descendent of the Wilson family, Clive Wilson. 

Michael said ''Thank you so much for asking me to speak about my book. It was very flattering and a real honour to be so well treated and looked after.  I loved mingling with pupils since they reacted so well, from the highly intelligent questions from the Prep School assembly to the thoughtful and penetrating ones from the History groups. I could really empathise with the latter, particularly the chap who asked me what my best meal I’d had in the Army. Thank you to Headmistress, Alex Wilson for her Michelin starred lunch. I really enjoyed the company of Emily and Alex, and their tour afterwards. I’m not surprised they are the leaders of the School.''