Son of MI6 chief Alex Younger killed in car crash on Scottish

The son of Alex Younger, the head of MI6, has been killed in an accident on a Scottish estate.Sam Younger, 22, who was the middle child of the intelligence chief, died in the early hours of Saturday morning on a private estate in Stirlingshire, according to Police Scotland.It is understood the Edinburgh University student died in a car crash, but police declined to give any further details, other than to say there were no suspicious circumstances.Police Scotland also declined to name the Scottish estate where the accident took place.Mr Younger, 55, and his wife, along with their two other children, aged 24 and 20, appealed for privacy to grieve and celebrate the life of their “wonderful, fun loving son”.Sam was a former pupil of Dulwich College in south London, where he played rugby for first XV. Alex Younger was appointed head of MI6 in November 2014  A statement from Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that Sam Younger, a 22-year-old student from Edinburgh University, has died following an accident involving a motor vehicle on a private estate in Stirlingshire on Saturday 30th March 2019.”The family have provided that they wish privacy and space to remember and celebrate their wonderful son.”The death is being treated as unexplained, however there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course, as is standard procedure.” Sam played for Dulwich College’s first XV rugby team Sam Younger was described as a highly talented sportsman A former economics graduate and British army officer, Mr Younger, joined the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in 1991 and was stationed as an operational officer in various locations around Europe and the Middle East.After rising through the ranks, he became a senior operational officer in Afghanistan, based there during the war. Another statement on Twitter, referring to the school colours, added: “He was black and blue until he died – loved every brick of the place.”Kieran Oberman, senior political philosophy lecturer at Edinburgh University, and Sam’s personal tutor, said: “Sam was a lovely student, always warm and friendly. He seemed confident and excited about the future. We are devastated by the tragic news of his death and our thoughts are with his family and friends.” He was appointed head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) in November 2014, becoming the 16th person to lead MI6, but the first to be officially named.Like all his predecessors, he is known by his colleagues as ‘C’, and writes only in green pen when working on official documents.Mr Younger is a descendant of William Younger, founder of the Edinburgh brewers, which bore his name, and which eventually became Scottish and Newcastle.His grandfather was Henry Johnston Younger, who was killed in action at St Valery-en-Caux on 12 June 1940.CORRECTION: Contrary to what was originally stated in this article, MI6 chief Alex Younger’s grandfather was not the 3rd Viscount Younger of Leckie and there is therefore no link to the family of the late George Younger, Defence Secretary in the late 1980s. Nor did the death of Sam Younger occur on the Leckie Estate in Stirlingshire as readers might have understood. We apologise for any distress caused by these errors, which have been corrected.  Sam played for Dulwich College's first XV rugby team Sam Younger was described as a highly talented sportsman Sam Younger was a pupil at Dulwich college Alex Younger was appointed head of MI6 in November 2014  The public school, where old boys are known as Old Alleynians, after the founder Edward Alleyn, paid tribute to him.The Old Alleynians Association said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sam Younger (OA 2006 – 2015). Sam died in a car accident in Scotland in the early hours of Saturday morning.”A selfless, big hearted, fun loving and committed Alleynian, and Old Alleynian, we offer heartfelt condolences to Sam’s  family and friends.” His family issued a photograph summing up his adventurous spirit, which featured him on an overseas motorcycle trip in 2017.Sam was born in Vienna in 1996, at a time when his father was stationed there with MI6. Sam Younger was a pupil at Dulwich college Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more