Charles Maclean, Baron Maclean

Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean, Baron Maclean, KT, GCVO, KBE, PC (5 May 1916 8 February 1990) was Lord Chamberlain to Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom from 1971 to 1984.[1][2] He became the 27th Clan Chief of Clan Maclean of Duart in 1936 at the death of his grandfather.

The Lord Maclean

27th Clan Chief
11th Baronet
7th Baron Maclean
In office
Preceded bySir Fitzroy Maclean, 10th Baronet, grandfather
Succeeded bySir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean, son
Personal details
Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean

(1916-05-05)5 May 1916
Died8 February 1990(1990-02-08) (aged 73)
Hampton Court Palace
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Mann
ChildrenSir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean
ParentsHector Fitzroy Maclean
Winifred Joan Wilding
ResidenceDuart Castle on the Isle of Mull
EducationCanford School


He was born on 5 May 1916 to Major Hector Fitzroy Maclean (1873–1932) and Winifred Joan Wilding (c1875-1941), daughter of J. H. Wilding.[3]

In 1941 Maclean married (Joan) Elizabeth Mann (b. 1923), granddaughter of Sir Edward Mann, 1st Baronet, of Thelveton Hall. They had two children and eight grandchildren.[4]

  • Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean (b. 1942); married with issue, including the heir to the baronetcy
  • Hon. Janet Elizabeth Maclean (b. 1944); married with issue

He succeeded as the 27th Chief of Clan Maclean of Duart in 1936 at the death of his grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 10th Baronet.

He saw active service in World War II while serving in the 3rd Battalion Scots Guards. He fought in France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. After the war ended he became a sheep and cattle farmer in Scotland.[1] 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.[5] 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 Chamberlain was the 1972 funeral of the Duke of Windsor.[1] He was Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1984 and 1985.


He died on 8 February 1990 at Hampton Court Palace.[1]


Coat of arms of Charles Maclean, Baron Maclean
A Tower embattled Argent
Quarterly: 1st, Argent a Rock Gules; 2nd, Argent a Dexter Hand fesswise couped Gules holding a Cross Crosslet fitchée in pale azure; 3rd, Or a Lymphad Oars in saltire Sails furled Sable flagged Gules; 4th, Argent a Salmon naiant proper in chief two Eagles' Heads respectant Gules;
Dexter: a Seal proper; Sinister: an Ostrich with a Horseshoe in its beak proper
Virtue mine honour [11]


Ancestors of Charles Maclean, Baron Maclean
16. Sir Fitzroy Maclean, 8th Baronet
8. Sir Charles Fitzroy Maclean, 9th Baronet
17. Elizabeth Kidd
4. Sir Fitzroy Donald Maclean, 10th Baronet
9. Emily Eleanor Marsham
2. Hector Fitzroy Maclean
10. George Holland Ackers
5. Constance Marianne Ackers
1. Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean, 11th Baronet
6. J. H. Wilding
3. Winifred Joan Wilding


  1. "Lord Maclean, 73, Aide to Queen; Organized 1981 Royal Wedding". Associated Press in The New York Times. 10 February 1990. Retrieved 1 March 2009. Lord Maclean, the former chief official of Queen Elizabeth II's household and organizer of the 1981 wedding of the Prince of Wales, died on Thursday, his family announced today. He was 73 years old. Lord Maclean died at Hampton Court Palace, a former royal residence in London, where he was chief steward since 1985. The announcement gave no cause of death.
  2. "Lord Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean, Baron Maclean, K.T., G.C.V.O., K.B.E." Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2009. Born in 1916, Sir Charles Hector Fitzroy Maclean succeeded as the twentyseventh Chief of the Clan Maclean and 11th hereditary Baronet of Morvern in 1936. A respected leader and public servant, Lord Maclean was ever committed to the preparing future generations for service.
  3. "Sir Fitzroy Maclean". 23 November 1936. Retrieved 6 March 2009. Sir Fitzroy Donald Maclean, Bt., who died yesterday at Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, at the age of 101, Chief of his Clan and a Crimean veteran, was one of the best known of the "grand old men" of Scotland. ... He married in 1872 Constance Marianne, daughter of Mr. G.H.Ackers, of Moreton Hall, Cheshire. She died in 1920, leaving two sons and one daughter, the wife of Brigadier F.W.Bullock-Marsham. Sir Fitzroy's elder son, Major Hector Fitzroy Maclean, Scots Guards, who married Winifred Joan, daughter of Mr.J.H.Wilding, died in 1932, and he is succeeded by his grandson, Charles Hector Fitzroy, born in 1916.
  4. Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage: 107th Edition. Burke's Peerage. 2003. p. 2525.
  5. "Meet the Chiefs" (PDF). The Scout Information Centre. October 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2007.
  6. "No. 44210". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1967. p. 10.
  7. "No. 44794". The London Gazette. 21 February 1969. p. 1995.
  8. "No. 45536". The London Gazette. 3 December 1971. p. 13243.
  9. "No. 45301". The London Gazette. 11 February 1971. p. 1289.
  10. "No. 49955". The London Gazette. 11 December 1984. p. 16769.
  11. "Life Peerages - M".
Court offices
Preceded by
The Lord Cobbold
Lord Chamberlain
Succeeded by
The Earl of Airlie
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Bruce Atta Campbell
Lord Lieutenant of Argyllshire
Replaced by office of
Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute
New title Lord Lieutenant of Argyll and Bute
Succeeded by
The Marquess of Bute
Preceded by
Sir John Gilmour
Lord High Commissioner to the General
Assembly of the Church of Scotland

Succeeded by
The Viscount of Arbuthnott
The Boy Scouts Association
Preceded by
The Lord Rowallan
Chief Scout of the United Kingdom
and Overseas Territories

Succeeded by
Sir William Gladstone
Chief Scout of the British Commonwealth
Title relinquished
Baronetage of Nova Scotia
Preceded by
Sir Fitzroy Donald Maclean
(of Duart and Morvern)
Succeeded by
Sir Lachlan Hector Charles Maclean
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