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Transcript of interview: Sir Ewen Fergusson, 1998

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 35

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 1998


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

Ewen Fergusson was born 28 October 1932, elder son of the late Sir Ewen MacGregor Field Fergusson; he was educated at Rugby School and Oriel College, Oxford (MA; Honorary Fellow, 1988). In 1959 he married Sara Carolyn, daughter of the late Brigadier-General Lord Esmé Gordon Lennox, KCVO, CMG, DSO and widow of William Andrew Montgomery-Cuninghame, 11th Baronet.

Fergusson joined the Foreign (later Diplomatic) Service in 1956. His career included: Assistant Private Secretary to Minister of Defence, 1957-59; British Embassy, Addis Ababa [Ethiopia], 1960; Foreign Office, 1963; British Trade Development Office, New York [United States], 1967; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Office of UK Permanent Representative to European Communities, 1972-75; Private Secretary to Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary 1975-78; Assistant Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1978-82; Ambassador to South Africa, 1982-84; Deputy Under-Secretary of State (Middle East and Africa), FCO, 1984-87; Ambassador to France, 1987-92.

He was awarded the GCMG in 1993 (KCMG 1987); GCVO 1992. Sir Ewen died on 20 April 2017.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Fergusson, Sir Ewen Alastair John, 1932-2017, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2002-04-23 16:57:51+00:00

Repository Details

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