Peter McLaughlin (born 1956) is a British academic, historian, and educator who was Headmaster of The Doon School. Before joining Doon in 2009, he served as Headmaster of Douai School, and Principal of the British International School in Cairo and of Casterton School in England. McLaughlin retired from Doon in May, 2016.
Peter McLaughlin with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall during her visit to The Doon School in November 2013
|Occupation||Scholar, academic, writer, Headmaster of the Doon School|
|Alma mater||University of Rhodesia |
London School of Economics
|Subject||War studies, Political history, International relations, Economics|
|Notable works||The Rhodesian War: A Military History|
The Occupation of Mashonaland
Ragtime Soldiers: The Rhodesian experience in The Great War
McLaughlin was born in Northern Ireland and raised in Africa. He was educated at Prince Edward School in Salisbury, Rhodesia and University of Rhodesia in Salisbury, where he read history. He then studied for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.
- Lecturer in Modern history, University of Rhodesia, Salisbury, 1977–1983 (University of Zimbabwe from 1980, Harare from 1982)
- Research fellow, London School of Economics, 1980–1983
- Headmaster, Deputy Head, Housemaster and Teacher at St. George's College (HMC), Weybridge, Surrey 1983–1997
- Headmaster of Douai School (HMC), 1997–1999
- Headmaster of British International School in Cairo, Cairo, 1999–2005
- Headmaster of Casterton School (GSA), Casterton, Cumbria, 2005–2009
- Headmaster of The Doon School (HMC, IBSC), India, 2009–2016
McLaughlin's doctorate was a study of the role of British Imperial defence policy in shaping the Rhodesian armed forces from the 1890s to the 1950s. During the Rhodesian Bush War, he served in operational areas as a field reservist in the British South Africa Police. He set up the War Studies course at the University of Rhodesia (now the University of Zimbabwe) and was awarded an Association of Commonwealth Universities Post-doctoral Fellowship to the London School of Economics to study the British munitions industry in the First World War. He left the world of research and lecturing to carve out a successful career as a headmaster at major Independent schools in England. From 1999 to 2005 he was the Principal of the British International School in Cairo before his departure to head Casterton School.
McLaughlin is married to Elizabeth McLaughlin and has two sons both of whom are studying in the United Kingdom.
- Ragtime Soldiers: The Rhodesian experience in The Great War (1980), by Peter McLaughlin. Books of Zimbabwe, ISBN 978-0-86920-234-0.
- The Occupation of Mashonaland (1982), by Peter McLaughlin. Books of Zimbabwe, ISBN 978-0-86920-192-3.
- The Rhodesian War: A Military History(2008), by Peter McLaughlin. Stackpole Books, ISBN 978-0-8117-0725-1.
- The Rhodesian War by Peter McLaughlin
- Books by Peter McLaughlin
- Member of Board of Governors of the Doon School Archived 23 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012. Member of HMC, UK