David McDowall
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David McDowall

David McDowall
Born16 August 1954
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1973-2009
Commands held1st Signals Brigade
2nd Division
Battles/warsOperation Banner
Bosnian War
AwardsCommander of the Order of the British Empire

Major-General David McDowall CBE (born 16 August 1954) is a former British Army officer who commanded 2nd Division.

Military career

McDowall joined the British Army as a private in the Royal Corps of Signals at the age of 18.[1] He was commissioned into the Corps in 1981[2] and later commanded a squadron in operations in Northern Ireland and a regiment in operations during the Bosnian War.[1] He went on to be Commander 1st Signal Brigade and then Signal Officer-in-Chief[3] before being appointed General Officer Commanding 2nd Division and Governor of Edinburgh Castle[4] in 2007 and retiring in 2009.[5]

He has served as a member of the Government's Panel on Fair Access to the Professions[6] and military advisor to the First Minister of Scotland.[7]


He is married to Valerie; they have two sons and a daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Scotland's top soldier on his rise through the ranks from council estate to top brass Daily Record, 11 August 2008
  2. ^ "No. 48928". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 March 1982. p. 4009.
  3. ^ Recent Branch Activities Archived 11 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine the Mercury, 2003/4
  4. ^ "No. 58330". The London Gazette. 18 May 2007. p. 7193.
  5. ^ Army Commands Archived 5 July 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ David McDowall interview: The class warrior The Scotsman, 29 January 2009
  7. ^ Salmond faces flak on recruitment of military adviser Glasgow Herald, 9 October 2009
Military offices
Preceded by
Euan Loudon
General Officer Commanding the 2nd Division
Succeeded by
Andrew Mackay

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