Colonel Hugh Mackay OBE

After serving with his father’s old regiment the 4th Gurkha Rifles, on the Afghanistan border and in India, Mackay joined The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) with a regular commission as Lieutenant in 1949.

With the 1st Battalion The Cameronians Mackay took part in important campaigns in Malaya and Aden, often fighting in dense jungle. He was made a Major in 1962, and in 1965 he commanded Her Majesty the Queen’s Guard at Balmoral.

In 1967 Mackay was selected to Command the Lowland Volunteers. With this position he became Lieutenant Colonel, making him one of the youngest holders of that rank in the British Army at the time.

In 1972 Hugh Mackay retired from the army with the rank of Colonel. After leaving, he became the Overseas Director with the Charity, Save the Children. Through his work in this post he was awarded an OBE in 1985.

Colonel Mackay still keeps close ties to the Regiment, and is Chair of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) Trustees. He continues to be involved with both the funding and development of The Cameronians display.

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Colonel Mackay (left) in Singapore, in 1953

Colonel Mackay (left) in Singapore, in 1953, shortly before returning with the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) to the UK. From the Albums of Major P. K. Bryceson MC.

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Colonel Mackay (centre) with Princess Anne, at the 2000 opening of The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) display at Low Parks Museum.