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

Army career

Educated at St. Andrews Universitymarker and Sandhurstmarker, Alistair Irwin joined The Black Watch Regiment in 1970. He was appointed Commanding Officer of 1 Bn The Black Watch Regiment in 1985. From 1992 to 1994 he commanded 39 Infantry Brigade in Northern Irelandmarker.

In 1997 he was appointed Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurstmarker and in 1999 he became Military Secretary. He served as General Officer Commanding Northern Irelandmarker from December 2000 to January 2003 when he was appointed Adjutant-General to the Forces, a post he held until he retired in June 2005. 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.

He was awarded the CBE in November 1994 and the KCB in June 2002.

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


  1. Alistair Irwin: Short Biography
  2. Army defends regiments shake-up BBC News, 16 December 2004
  3. Eruma appoints General Sir Alistair Irwin as strategic adviser Info4Security, 22 August 2008

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