Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott

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Robert Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott
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Major General Arbuthnott in 1945
Born(1897-08-21)21 August 1897
British India
Died15 December 1966(1966-12-15) (aged 69)
Hillside, Montrose, Angus, Scotland
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1914–1952
RankMajor General
Service number13522
UnitBlack Watch
Commands held198th Infantry Brigade
11th Infantry Brigade
78th Infantry Division
51st (Highland) Infantry Division
Battles/warsFirst World War
Arab revolt in Palestine
Second World War
AwardsCompanion of the Order of the Bath
Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Service Order
Military Cross
Mentioned in Despatches (3)
Legion of Merit (United States)
Other workLord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire

Major General Robert Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott, CB, CBE, DSO, MC, DL (21 August 1897 – 15 December 1966) was a senior British Army officer who served in both the First World War and the Second World War.

Military career[edit]

He was educated at Fettes College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Black Watch on 14 July 1915[1] and was mentioned in dispatches during the First World War. After service in Palestine, he became an instructor at the Staff College in 1938 and then became a staff officer at Scottish Command in August 1941 during the Second World War.[2] He then became commander of the 198th Brigade in May 1943, commander of the 11th Infantry Brigade in the Italian Campaign in September 1943 and then General Officer Commanding 78th Infantry Division in the Italian Campaign in November 1944.[2]

After the war, he became Chief of the British Military Mission to the Egyptian Army in 1946, Chief of staff of Scottish Command in 1948 and General Officer Commanding 51st (Highland) Infantry Division and the Highland District of the Territorial Army in 1949 before retiring from the British Army in 1952 as a major general.[2]

In retirement he was honorary colonel of the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment).[3] He served as Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Kincardineshire in 1959 and then as Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire from 1960 to 1966.[4]

Coat of Arms of the Viscounts of Arbuthnott.



Lord Arbuthnott married, 10 January 1924, Ursula Collingwood (died 20 December 1989), daughter of Sir William Collingwood, KBE of Dedham Grove, Colchester, Essex. They had three sons (including John Campbell Arbuthnott, 16th Viscount of Arbuthnott, KT who succeeded him) and one daughter.[9]


  • Bing, Hon Mrs Christy (1999). The Lairds of Arbuthnott. Agnate Press. ISBN 0-9535923-0-8.


  1. ^ "No. 29228". The London Gazette. 13 July 1915. p. 6841.
  2. ^ a b c "Arbuthnott, Robert Keith". Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  3. ^ "No. 41997". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 March 1960. p. 2362.
  4. ^ "Keith Arbuthnott, 15th Viscount of Arbuthnott". Cracrofts Peerage. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  5. ^ "No. 37161". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 1945. p. 3490.
  6. ^ "No. 34561". The London Gazette. 14 October 1938. p. 6435.
  7. ^ "No. 34619". The London Gazette. 25 April 1939. p. 2750.
  8. ^ "No. 37204". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 July 1945. p. 3962.
  9. ^ Mosley, Charles, editor. Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 106th edition, 2 volumes. Crans, Switzerland: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 1999.

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Military offices
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GOC 78th Infantry Division
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Post disbanded
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GOC 51st (Highland) Infantry Division
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Honorary titles
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Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire
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Peerage of Scotland
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Viscount of Arbuthnott
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