Maclean, Sir Fitzroy Hey Royle, born 05-05-1916 to Major Hector Fitzroy Maclean (1873–1932) and Winifred Joan Wilding (c1875-1941), daughter of J. H. Wilding. He succeeded as the 27th Chief of Clan Maclean of Duart in 1936 at the death of his grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclea, 10th Baronet. Sir Fitzroy had outlived his sons. When war broke out in 1939 Maclean was prevented from joining the military because of his position as a diplomat. Therefore he resigned from the Diplomatic Service “to go into politics”. After tendering his resignation he immediately took a taxi to the nearest recruiting office and enlisted as a Private in the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. He was soon promoted to Lance Corporal and was commissioned in 1941. In that year he became the Conservative MP for Lancaster. In North Africa in 1942, he distinguished himself in the early actions of the newly formed Special Air Service (SAS), where, with Ralph A. Bagnold, he died old age 94, on 28-05-1990
Ralph Bagnold. Thomas Lawrence. Fazlollah Zahedi.
he developed ways of driving vehicles over the Libyan sand “seas”. Maclean was a brilliant practitioner in the Thomas Edwin Lawrence, Lawrence of Arabia died in a motorcycle accident age 46, on 19-05-1935, brand of fighting, and he reported directly to Sir Winston Churchill
in Cairo. Later that year he transferred to the Middle East as part of the Persia and Iraq Command. Amongst his accomplishments was the kidnapping of the German Consul from Axis-controlled Iraq, an incident that soon led Adolf Hitler’s
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He also arrested Fazlollah Zahedi, the general in charge of the Persian forces in the Isfahan area. Churchill chose him to lead a liaison mission to central Yugoslavia in 1943. As MacLean wryly put it, his mission was “simply to find out who was killing the most Germans and suggest means by which we could help them to kill more.” At the time of MacLean’s deployment to Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito
and his Partisans were emerging as a major irritant to the German control of the Balkans. After the war ended he became a sheep and cattle farmer in Scotland. He was Lord Lieutenant of Argyllshire from 1954 to 1975. Maclean was the Chief Scout of The Scout Association in the UK between 1959 and 1971, and continued as Chief Scout of the Commonwealth until August 1975. In 1967, he was awarded the Bronze Wolf, the only distinction of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, awarded by the World Scout Committee for exceptional services to world Scouting. He was created a life peer as Baron Maclean, of Duart and Morven in the County of Argyll in 1971. His first ceremonial assignment as Lord Neville Chamberlain
was the 1972 funeral of the Duke of Windsor. He was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1984 and 1985.
Death and burial ground of Maclean, Sir Fitzroy Hey Royle.
He died of a heart attack on 08-02-1990, old age 85, at Hampton Court Palace and is buried in the Strachur Paris Churchyard, in Scotland.