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Balfour-Paul, (Hugh) Glencairnlocked

CMG 1968

Born 23 Sept. 1917; s of late Lt-Col J. W. Balfour Paul, DSO; m 1st, 1950, Margaret Clare Ogilvy (d 1971); one s three d; 2nd, 1974, Janet Alison Scott; one s one d; died 2 July 2008

HM Diplomatic Service, retired; Director General, Middle East Association, 1978–79; Research Fellow, University of Exeter, since 1979


Sedbergh; Magdalen Coll., Oxford


Served War of 1939–45, Sudan Defence Force (seconded to A and SH, 1941–46). Sudan Political Service, Blue Nile and Darfur, 1946–54; joined Foreign Office, 1955; Santiago, 1957; Beirut, 1960; Counsellor, Dubai, 1964; Dep. Political Resident, Persian Gulf, 1966; Counsellor, FO, attached St Antony’s Coll., Oxford, 1968; Ambassador to Iraq, 1969–71; Ambassador to Jordan, 1972–75; Ambassador to Tunisia, 1975–77


The End of Empire in the Middle East, 1991; (poems) A Kind of Kindness, 2000; Bagpipes in Babylon: a lifetime in the Arab world and beyond, 2006


Archaeology, poetry, pew ends


Uppincott Barton, Shobrooke, Crediton, Devon, EX17 1BE