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Nigel Cecil
23rd Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man

In office
1 October 1980 – 25 September 1985
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir John Paul
Succeeded by Sir Laurence New
Personal details
Born Oswald "Nigel" Amherst Cecil
11 November 1925(1925-11-11) (age 96)
Nationality British
Alma mater Ludgrove School
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Rank Rear Admiral
Commands HMS Corunna
HMS Royal Arthur

Rear Admiral Sir Oswald "Nigel" Amherst Cecil KBE, CB (born 11 November 1925),[1] is a retired naval officer.

Naval career[]

Cecil is a paternal grandson of Lord William Cecil and the 2nd Baroness Amherst of Hackney and a maternal grandson of the 1st Baron Cornwallis. He was educated at Ludgrove School and the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and reached the rank of Commander in 1959.[2] From 1961–63, Cecil commanded HMS Corunna in the Mediterranean and then HMS Royal Arthur from 1963–65. In 1966, he was promoted to the rank of Captain.[3]

He returned to Dartmouth to command a training squadron from 1969–71. In 1968 he was made an Esquire (Esq.St.J. the lowest grade) in the Venerable Order of Saint John.[4]

Cecil received the acting rank of Commodore in 1971 and was sent to South Africa as a Naval attaché to Cape Town until 1973. He was then a director of the Naval Operational Requirements from 1973–75. On 7 January 1975, he was appointed a Naval aide-de-camp to The Queen.[5] He left this position on being promoted to Rear Admiral on 7 July 1975.[6][7] He then became the NATO Commander of the South East Mediterranean and Flag Officer of Malta. In 1977, he was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[8]

Cecil left the island with the last of the British Forces in 1979 and on, 16 June 1979, was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).[9] He retired from the navy on 15 September 1979.[10]

On 9 September 1980, Cecil became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man,[11] a post he held for five years. Also in 1980, he was promoted to Knight of the Order of Saint John (K.St.J.).[12]

Cecil lives with his wife of over forty years, on the Isle of Wight.


Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Paul
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Sir Laurence New

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