MacLeod, Ian Francis Norman

He was the only child of Sir John Mackintosh MacLeod CA (D1905-09), 2nd Baronet MacLeod, of Fuinary, Morven, Argyll, and a Rothesay Herald from 1929. His mother, Lady Macleod, was born Isa Brusati, the daughter of Francesco Brusati, of Milan. On his father’s side, he was grandson of the former MP for the Kelvingrove district of Glasgow and 1st Baronet of Fuinary, Sir John Mackintosh MacLeod.

He came to Mr. F.W. Goddard’s House from Ardvreck in September 1935.   A very able boy with marked talent for Modern Languages, he was a  Commoner Prefect and in Sixth Book. He rowed in the school’s 2nd IV, and was a Company Sergeant Major on the OTC. His ambition was always to go into the Diplomatic Service, and on leaving Winchester in December 1939 he went to the Embassy at Rome. He had just succeeded to his father’s title, the 2nd Baronet having died on September 23rd 1939.

When Italy came into the war, he was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps; he then served with the Eighth Army throughout the North African and Italian campaigns. Those under whom he worked as a Captain thought highly of his ability, and marked him down as a diplomat of the future. Much of his work was done in highly dangerous surroundings and it was on active service that he was killed, aged twenty-two, in a motor accident near Naples in April 1944.   He rests in grave II.C.12 of the Naples War Cemetery.

His uncle, the Reverend George Fielden MacLeod MC, DD (D1909-1913) succeeded him as 4th Baronet.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: MacLeod
  • Forenames or initials: Sir Ian Francis Norman
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1935-1939
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Intelligence Corps
  • Date of Birth: 25th September 1921
  • Date of Death: 28th April 1944
  • How Died: Killed in an Accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Naples War Cemetery: Grave II.C.12