Famous British Diplomats

Find out more about the greatest British Diplomats, including Geoffrey Howe, Harold Macmillan, Alfred de Rothschild, Richard Francis Burton and Isaiah Berlin.

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 1 Anthony Eden

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Famous As: Prime Minister of UK
Birthdate: June 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windlestone Hall, England
Died: January 14, 1977
Conservative politician Anthony Eden was the prime minister of England from 1955 to 1957. He had also served as the youngest British Army brigade-major during World War I. He earned a lot of criticism for his handling of the Suez Canal issue during his tenure as the prime minister.

 2 T. E. Lawrence

T. E. Lawrence.
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 16, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tremadog, Wales
Died: May 19, 1935
T. E. Lawrence was a British army officer who participated in the Arab Revolt, against the Ottoman regime, during World War I. Nicknamed Lawrence of Arabia, he inspired a movie of the same name. His treatise of his war experiences was published as Seven Pillars of Wisdom, his best-known work.
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 3 Rory Stewart

Rory Stewart.
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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: January 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: British Hong Kong

 4 Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell.
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Famous As: Writer, Diplomat
Birthdate: July 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, United Kingdom
Died: July 12, 1926

 5 Francis Walsingham

Francis Walsingham.
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Famous As: Spymaster
Birthdate: 1532 AD
Birthplace: probably Chislehurst, Kent, England
Died: April 6, 1590

 6 Pamela Harriman

Pamela Harriman
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Famous As: Political activist
Birthdate: March 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Farnborough, England
Died: February 5, 1997

 7 George Villiers

George Villiers
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 28, 1592
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leicestershire
Died: August 23, 1628
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 8 Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton.
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20, 1890

 9 Geoffrey Howe

Geoffrey Howe
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Famous As: Jurist, Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: December 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port Talbot
Died: October 9, 2015

 10 Paddy Ashdown

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Famous As: Political Leader
Birthdate: February 27, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Delhi, British India
Died: December 22, 2018

 11 John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich

John Montagu, 4th earl of Sandwich
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: November 13, 1718
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: April 30, 1792

 12 Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt
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Famous As: Poet & Politician
Birthdate: 1503 AD
Birthplace: Allington, England
Died: October 11, 1542

 13 Philip Sidney

Philip Sidney
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 30, 1554
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penshurst, Kent, England Kent, England
Died: October 17, 1586

 14 Donald Maclean

Donald Maclean
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: May 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 6, 1983

 15 James Brooke

James Brooke
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Diplomat
Birthdate: April 29, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varanasi
Died: June 11, 1868

 16 E. H. Carr

E. H. Carr
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Famous As: Historian, Journalist, Diplomat, Writer, Political scientist, Professor
Birthdate: June 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: November 3, 1982

 17 John Julius Norwich

John Julius Norwich
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Famous As: Television presenter, Politician, Historian, Diplomat, Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oldham

 18 Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster

Henry of Grosmont, 1st Duke of Lancaster
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1310 AD
Birthplace: Grosmont Castle, Grosmont, Wales
Died: March 23, 1361

 19 Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon

Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon
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Famous As: Foreign Secretary
Birthdate: April 25, 1862
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 7, 1933

 20 Harold Nicolson

Harold Nicolson
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: November 21, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehrān, Iran
Died: May 1, 1968

 21 John Sawers

John Sawers
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Famous As: Civil servant, Diplomat
Birthdate: July 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warwick

 22 Steven Dick

Steven Dick
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: May 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: March 24, 2020

 23 Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley

Garnet Wolseley, 1st Viscount Wolseley
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Military personnel
Birthdate: June 4, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin
Died: March 25, 1913

 24 Duncan Sandys

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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 24, 1908
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 26, 1987

 25 Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow

Victor Hope, 2nd Marquess of Linlithgow
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Famous As: Governor-General of India
Birthdate: September 24, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queensferry, Scotland
Died: January 5, 1952

 26 Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin

Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: July 20, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fife
Died: November 17, 1841

 27 Mark Sykes

Mark Sykes
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom
Died: February 16, 1919

 28 James Bruce, 8th earl of Elgin

James Bruce, 8th earl of Elgin
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Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: July 20, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 20, 1863

 29 Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton

Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: November 8, 1831
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 24, 1891

 30 Thomas Roe

Thomas Roe
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: 1581 AD
Birthplace: Low Leyton near Wanstead in Essex
Died: November 6, 1644

 31 Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner

Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: March 23, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Giessen, Germany
Died: May 13, 1925

 32 Gladwyn Jebb

Gladwyn Jebb
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Famous As: Civil servant
Birthdate: April 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: England
Died: October 24, 1996

 33 Hastings Lionel Ismay, Baron Ismay

Hastings Lionel Ismay, Baron Ismay
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: June 21, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Uttarakhand, India
Died: December 17, 1965

 34 William Hamilton

William Hamilton
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Famous As: anthropologist, diplomat, archaeologist, archaeologist
Birthdate: December 13, 1730
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henley-on-Thames edit 1 reference
Died: April 6, 1803

 35 Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood

Samuel Hoare, 1st Viscount Templewood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 1959

 36 Alfred de Rothschild

Alfred de Rothschild
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Famous As: Banker, Diplomat
Birthdate: July 20, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: January 31, 1918

 37 Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer

Evelyn Baring, 1st Earl of Cromer
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: February 26, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cromer Hall, England
Died: January 29, 1917

 38 James Cross

James Cross
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Famous As: Diplomat, Engineer
Birthdate: September 29, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ireland

 39 George Anson, Baron Anson

George Anson, Baron Anson
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Famous As: First Lord of the Admiralty
Birthdate: April 23, 1697
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Died: June 6, 1762

 40 Lord Hardinge

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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: June 20, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 2, 1944

 41 Peter Westmacott

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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: December 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Somerset

 42 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney

George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 14, 1737
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lissanoure, Loughguile, Ballymoney, County Antrim Ireland
Died: May 31, 1806

 43 Thomas Gresham

Thomas Gresham
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1519 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 21, 1579

 44 Austen Henry Layard

Austen Henry Layard
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Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: March 5, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 5, 1894

 45 Matthew Lewis

Matthew Lewis
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 9, 1775
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 14, 1818

 46 Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de Darcy

Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy de Darcy
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Famous As: Nobleman
Birthdate: 1467 AD
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: June 30, 1537

 47 Alexander Burnes

Alexander Burnes
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: May 16, 1805
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montrose, United Kingdom
Died: November 2, 1841

 48 Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet

Sir George Downing, 1st Baronet
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Famous As: Preacher
Birthdate: 1624 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: July 19, 1684

 49 Sir Nevile Meyrick Henderson

Sir Nevile Meyrick Henderson
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: June 10, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sedgwick, Sussex, England
Died: December 30, 1942

 50 Nicholas Throckmorton

Nicholas Throckmorton
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: 1515 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: February 12, 1571