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Famous Diplomats from the United Kingdom

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List of notable or famous diplomats from the United Kingdom, with bios and photos, including the top diplomats born in the United Kingdom and even some popular diplomats who immigrated to the United Kingdom. If you're trying to find out the names of famous British diplomats then this list is the perfect resource for you. These diplomats are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known diplomat from the United Kingdom is included when available.

List includes Harold Nicolson, Tony Blair and more.

This historic diplomats from the United Kingdom list can help answer the questions "Who are some British diplomats of note?" and "Who are the most famous diplomats from the United Kingdom?" These prominent diplomats of the United Kingdom may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected British diplomats.

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    Alan Campbell

    Dec. at 88 (1919-2007)
    Sir Alan Hugh Campbell (1 July 1919 – 7 October 2007) was a British diplomat and civil servant. He was British ambassador to Ethiopia from 1969 to 1972 and to Italy from 1976 to 1979, and also held...  more
  • 2

    Andrew Ryan

    Dec. at 73 (1876-1949)
    Sir Andrew Ryan was a British diplomat. He was Consul-General to Morocco from 1924 to 1930, Minister to Saudi Arabia from 1930 to 1936, and Consul-General to Albania from 1936 to 1939....  more
  • 3

    BirthplaceSunamganj District, Bangladesh

    Anwar Choudhury (Bengali: আনোয়ার চৌধুরী; born 15 June 1959) is a Bangladeshi-born British diplomat. He was Governor of the Cayman Islands for just four months, until he was recalled following...  more
  • 4

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Benjamin Bathurst (18 March 1784 – 1809?) was a British diplomatic envoy who disappeared in Germany during the Napoleonic Wars. He was the third son of Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich. His sister...  more
  • 5

    Brian Maurice Bennett

    Age: 73
    Brian Maurice Bennett (born 1 April 1948) is a former British diplomat. Bennett studied Russian at the University of Sheffield....  more
  • 6
    Sir Bryan Cartledge (born 10 June 1931), is a former British diplomat and academic. After studying at Hurstpierpoint College and St John's College, Cambridge, he took research posts at St Antony's...  more
  • 7

    Carne Ross

    Age: 55
    Carne Ross (born 1966) is the founder and executive director of Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group. Carne Ross taught in Zimbabwe before attending the University of Exeter where he...  more
  • 8

    BirthplaceUpholland, England

    Catherine Margaret Ashton, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, (born 20 March 1956 at Upholland, Lancashire) is a British Labour politician who served as the High Representative of the Union for Foreign...  more
  • 9

    BirthplaceIpswich, United Kingdom

    Colonel Charles Stoddart (23 July 1806 in Ipswich – June 1842 in Bukhara) was a British officer and diplomat. He was a famous British agent in Central Asia during the period of the Great...  more
  • 10

    Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay

    Dec. at 66 (1779-1845)
    Charles Stuart, 1st Baron Stuart de Rothesay (2 January 1779 – 6 November 1845), known as Sir Charles Stuart between 1812 and 1828, was a British diplomat. He was twice Ambassador to France and also...  more
  • 11

    Charles Webster

    Age: 135
    Sir Charles Kingsley Webster (25 July 1886 – August 1961) was a Cambridge-trained historian and British diplomat. He was educated at King's College, Cambridge as well as the Merchant Taylors'...  more
  • 12
    Christopher James Makins, 2nd Baron Sherfield (23 July 1942 – 28 January 2006) was an Anglo-American diplomat, foreign policy expert, and author....  more
  • 13

    Claude Maxwell MacDonald

    Age: 169

    BirthplaceUpper Clapton, United Kingdom

    Colonel Sir Claude Maxwell MacDonald, (12 June 1852 – 10 September 1915) was a British soldier and diplomat, best known for his service in China and Japan....  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Colin Evans may refer to: Colin Evans (diplomat) (born 1964), British trade diplomat Colin Evans (medium), Welsh Spiritualist medium Colin Evans (rugby) (1936–1992), Welsh dual-code rugby player...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Daphne Margaret Sybil Désirée Park, Baroness Park of Monmouth CMG, OBE, FRSA (1 September 1921 – 24 March 2010) was a British spy. During her career as a clandestine senior controller in MI6...  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    David Hugh Alexander Hannay, Baron Hannay of Chiswick (born 28 September 1935) is a British diplomat....  more
  • 17
    Sir David Geoffrey Manning, (born 5 December 1949) is a former British diplomat, who was the British Ambassador to the United States from 2003 to 2007. He authored the so-called "Manning Memo"...  more
  • 18

    David Urquhart

    Dec. at 71 (1805-1877)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    David Urquhart (1 July 1805 – 16 May 1877) was a Scottish diplomat, writer and politician, serving as a Member of Parliament from 1847 to 1852....  more
  • 19

    BirthplaceAlloa, United Kingdom

    David Clive Wilson, Baron Wilson of Tillyorn, (born 14 February 1935) is a retired Scottish administrator, diplomat and Sinologist. Lord Wilson of Tillyorn was the penultimate Commander-in-Chief and...  more
  • 20

    Derek Bryan

    Dec. at 92 (1910-2003)

    BirthplaceNorwich, United Kingdom

    Herman Derek Bryan OBE (16 December 1910 – 17 September 2003) was a consular official, diplomat, sinologist, lecturer, writer, translator and editor....  more
  • 21

    Duff Cooper

    Dec. at 63 (1890-1954)
    Alfred Duff Cooper, 1st Viscount Norwich, (22 February 1890 – 1 January 1954), known as Duff Cooper, was a British Conservative Party politician, diplomat and military and political historian. In...  more
  • 22

    Edward Bernard Raczyński

    Dec. at 101 (1891-1993)

    BirthplaceEurope, Poland, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Tatra County, Central Europe

    Count Edward Bernard Raczyński (December 19, 1891 – July 30, 1993) was a Polish diplomat, writer, politician and President of Poland in exile (between 1979 and 1986). He was the longest living (101),...  more
  • 23

    Eldon Gorst

    Dec. at 50 (1861-1911)

    BirthplaceNew Zealand

    Sir John Eldon Gorst (25 June 1861 – 12 July 1911) was Consul-General in Egypt from 1907–1911....  more
  • 24
    Sir Emyr Jones Parry (born 21 September 1947) is a British retired diplomat. He is a former Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations and former UK Permanent...  more
  • 25

    Eric Teichman

    Dec. at 60 (1884-1944)
    Sir Eric Teichman (born Erik Teichmann; 16 January 1884 – 3 December 1944 in Norfolk, England) was a British diplomat and orientalist. He was a son of Emil Teichmann and Mary Lydia Schroeter, and...  more