David Charles Cairns

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Rear-Admiral THE HONOURABLE David Charles Cairns, Fifth Earl Cairns, G.C.V.O., C.B. (3 July, 1909 – 21 March, 1989) served in the Royal Navy. He was occasionally referred to as "Viscount Garmoyle".

Life & Career

Cairns was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 2 October, 1931.

Cairns was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander on 2 October, 1939.

Cairns was promoted to the rank of Commander on 31 December, 1943.

Retired in 1961.

See Also


Naval Appointments
Preceded by
John W. M. Eaton
Captain of H.M.S. Sheffield
? – 14 Nov, 1945[1]
Succeeded by
Kenneth L. Harkness
Preceded by
Geoffrey Barnard
President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich
1958 – 1961
Succeeded by
'Alexander Henry Charles Gordon-Lennox'


  1. Harkness Service Record The National Archives. ADM 196/124/211. f. 210.