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Abbott-Watt, Thorhilda Mary Vivia, b. 1955 (diplomat)



  • Existence: b.1955

Parallel Names

  • Abbott-Watt, Thorda, b.1955 (diplomat)


Thorhilda (or Thorda) Abbot-Watt was born 11 Feb. 1955; daughter of Samuel Abbott-Watt and Elva Mary Abbott-Watt (née Clare Gibson). She was educated at Stonar School, Atworth, Wiltshire, and in 2021, married Reef Talbot Hogg.

She joined the Diplomatic Service in 1974, and her career included: Third Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1974–79; temporary duty tours in Latin America, Middle and Far East, 1979–80; Vice Consul, Paris [France], 1981–84; Third Secretary (Chancery), UK Rep to EU, 1984–86; Second Secretary: FCO, 1986–88; Bonn [Germany], 1988–91; First Secretary, EU Department and Western Europe Department, FCO, 1991–95; Head, Commercial Section, Kiev [Ukraine], 1995–98; First Secretary (Political), Belgrade [Serbia], 1998–99; Head, Visa Policy Section, Joint Entry Clearance Unit, FCO, 1999–2001; Chargé d’Affaires, Tajikistan, 2001–02; Ambassador to Armenia, 2003–06; Conflict Issues Group, FCO, 2006; Head, Political/Military Group, Kabul, 2006; Afghanistan Group, FCO, 2006–07; Migration Directorate, FCO, 2007–08; Head of Strategy and Performance, UKTI, 2008; Ambassador to Mongolia, 2008–09 and 2011–12; Finance Directorate, FCO, 2009–10; International Liaison Section, Ministry of Defence, 2010; Deputy Head, 2012, Acting Head, 2012–15, Project Task Force, FCO; Ambassador to Turkmenistan, 2016–19; High Commissioner to Tonga, 2019–20; FCO COVID-19 Repatriation Cell.

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Transcript of interview: Thorhilda Abbott-Watt, 2022

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 212
Scope and Contents From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.

Dates: 2022
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Material in this collection is open to researchers unless otherwise marked in the catalogue.