John Swinton of Kimmerghame
Sir John Swinton of Kimmerghame
|Born||21 April 1925|
|Years of service||1944 – 1979|
|Commands held||London District|
|Awards||Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
|Spouse(s)||Judith Balfour Killen (1954–2012)|
Family and military background
Swinton is the son of Brigadier Alan Henry Campbell Swinton of Kimmerghame, MC (born 15 March 1896) and wife, Mariora Beatrice Evelyn Rochfort Alers-Hankey (born 1900). His paternal grandfather was Scottish politician and officer-of-arms George Swinton. The Swinton family is an ancient Anglo-Scots family that can trace its lineage to the High Middle Ages.
Swinton was commissioned into the Scots Guards in 1944: he was twice wounded at the end of World War II. He also served in Malaya during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation and was mentioned in despatches. He was promoted to Major-General and made Major-General Commanding the Household Division and General Officer Commanding London District in 1976. He retired in 1979.
He married on 26 August 1954 Australian Judith Balfour Killen; they have three sons - James Christopher Swinton, Alexander Harold Swinton and Lieutenant Colonel William Henry Swinton - and one daughter - the actress Tilda Swinton. (see Clan Swinton).
- The Peerage.com
- Dewar, Peter Beauclerk, Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain – The Kingdom in Scotland, 19th edition, vol.1, Wilmington, Delaware, 2001, p.1317. ISBN 0-9711966-0-5
- Tilda Swinton Biography
- "SWINTON: Chart 2B, Sheet 2." Swinton Family Society.org.
- Tilda Swinton, one of our most unique actors, talks to Gaby Wood | Magazine | The Observer
- The London Gazette: . 16 May 1944. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- Thieves startled by general's roar The Herald, 9 April 1997
- The London Gazette: . 24 April 1951. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- The London Gazette: . 12 October 1976. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- The London Gazette: . 10 December 1979. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- The London Gazette: . 28 July 1980. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
- The London Gazette: . 9 October 1989. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
|Preceded by||GOC London District
Sir Desmond Langley