Brian Stewart


1922 - 2015

Intelligence officer and civil servant. Born in Edinburgh, the son of a jute merchant, Stewart was left in the care of relatives in Kirriemuir, while his parents returned to India. He was educated at a boarding school at the time occupying Dalhousie Castle, then Glenalmond College and Worcester College, Oxford. He served in the Black Watch during the Second World War, and then joined the colonial service in Malaysia during the time of the 'Emergency' there. Following the independence of Malaysia in 1957, Stewart joined intelligence service MI6, specialising in Asian affairs and rising to become deputy head of the service. He was admitted as a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1968 and awarded the L├ęgion d'Honneur by France in 2015. He died at the family home at Broich in Perth & Kinross. His son is the politician and academic Rory Stewart (b. 1973).


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