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Transcript of interview: Sir Robin McLaren, 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 15

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 1996


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.

Biographical / Historical

Robin McLaren was born 14 August 1934, the son of the late Robert Taylor McLaren and of Marie Rose McLaren (née Simond); he was educated at Richmond and East Sheen County Grammar School for Boys, Ardingly College and St John’s College, Cambridge (Scholar; MA). In 1964 he married Susan Ellen Hatherly.

After serving in the Royal Navy, 1953-55, McLaren entered the Foreign Service in 1958. Following a year as a language student in Hong Kong, 1959-60, his diplomatic career included: Third Secretary, Peking [China], 1960-61; Foreign Office, 1961-64; Assistant Private Secretary to Lord Privy Seal (Mr Edward Heath), 1963-64; Second, later First Secretary, Rome [Italy], 1964-68; seconded to Hong Kong Government as Assistant Political Adviser, 1968-69; First Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970-73; Deputy Head of Western Organisations Department, 1974-75; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Copenhagen [Denmark], 1975-78; Head of Hong Kong and Gen. Department, 1978-79, of Far Eastern Department, 1979-81, FCO; Political Adviser, Hong Kong, 1981-85; Ambassador to Philippines, 1985-87; Assistant Under Secretary of State, FCO, 1987-90; Senior British Representative, Sino-British Joint Liaison Group, 1987-89; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1990-91; Ambassador to People’s Republic of China, 1991-94.

McLaren was awarded the KCMG in 1991 (CMG 1982). He died on 20 July 2010.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



McLaren, Sir Robin John Taylor

Finding aid date

2002-03-22 16:47:07+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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