Born in London, Iain is the author of nine military historical novels and five works of military history, including Always a Borderer, the official regimental history of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers and Scotland Forever, an account of the Scots Greys at Waterloo, based on the memoirs and diaries of those who took part.
From 2012-2015 Iain sat on the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Waterloo Committee at Edinburgh Castle. He is a longstanding committee member of Combat Stress’s Scottish Committee.
Iain is a recognised authority on the battle of Waterloo and has taken numerous tours around the battlefield including a tactical military exercise for 32 US Army officers. He also guides regular battlefield tours to the Somme, Arnhem and the Normandy battlefields.
Iain was deputy art critic of The Independent from 1990 to 1996 and art critic of Scotland on Sunday from 1996 to 2006. Apart from his military writing he has also published eleven books on art historical subjects.
He served for a number of years on the Scottish Art Council’s Fine Art Committee and was for several years Secretary of the Society of Authors in Scotland.
Iain is married to an Edinburgh GP and splits his time between Edinburgh and Fife. Between them they have six children, the eldest being a serving officer in the British Army.