1937 - Stirling joined the Army in the Scots
Guards, later becoming a Commando.
1939 - the 6 feet 6 inch Stirling was in
Training to climb Mount Everest when World War
Two broke out.
1940 - the SBS / Special Boat Service was
set up for highly trained Soldiers to be
dropped behind enemy lines by Boat so they
could blow up enemy ammunition and
1941 - Stirling was part of a unit sent to
fight in North Africa. While in North Africa,
Stirling became the founder of the SAS /
Special Air Service, highly trained Soldiers
that would Parachute in behind enemy lines, or
Drive behind enemy lines with long range
The SAS and SBS soon became known as the top
fighting units in the world. The US Navy Seals
were founded in 1962 to take on the same type
During WWII, Stirling and the SAS destroyed
over 250 German aircraft in North Africa, many
supply dumps, damaged railways and disrupted
1943 - Stirling was captured by the Germans,
ending up in the notorious Colditz Castle
Prison in Germany.
After World War Two - Stirling set up a
Private Military Company that was involved in
business in unstable countries in Africa and
the Middle East such as Libya, Zambia, Sierra
Leone and Iran.
1970 - Stirling was linked to an attempted
overthrow of the Libyan ruler Muammar
1970s - Stirling was accused of being part
of a secrete organization set up to infiltrate
and undermine Trade Unions in the UK.
1990 - Stirling was Knighted, becoming Sir
4 November 1990 (aged 74) - Stirling died at
Westminster in London, England.
Stirling's funeral service was at St Cumin's
Church on the shores of Loch Morar. His Grave
is at the Old Cemetery in the small Village of
Morar, looking down over the Loch, 55 miles
west of Fort William by the town of Mallaig in the
Highlands of Scotland. Large Grave
Loch Morar is the deepest Loch in Scotland,
where the Stirling Family owned land. The
Cemetery is up by the small Village and Church
is down next to the Loch, a bit confusing when
searching for the Grave.
If exploring Loch Morar, there is a small
Car Park about 1 mile east along the Loch from
the Church, then it is about a 1 mile walk to
an Old Chapel and scenic beaches. It is a
single lane road along the side of the Loch,
not suitable for large vehicals.
2002 - the SAS Memorial was unveiled west of
the City of Stirling on a spot known as Hill of
His nephew Archie Stirling is the current
Laird of the Keir Estate, a former Scots Guards
It is surprising how many famous military
people were from large Estates with Mansions,
getting themselves involved in battles they
could quite easily be killed.
Winston Churchill is probably the most
famous of the rich military people, family home
Palace, with the young Churchill
volunteering for battles in Cuba, India and