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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.


  • 1996


Conditions Governing Access

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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