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Transcript of interview: Donald Cape, 2001

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 42

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2001


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

Donald Cape was born 6 January 1923, the son of the late John Scarvell and Olivia Millicent Cape; he was educated at Ampleforth College and Brasenose College, Oxford. In 1948 he married Cathune Johnston; they have four sons and one daughter.

Cape entered the Foreign Service in 1946. He served in: Belgrade [Yugoslavia, later Serbia], 1946-49; Foreign Office, 1949-51; Lisbon [Portugal], 1951-55; Singapore, 1955-57; FO, 1957-60; Bogota [Colombia], 1960-61; Holy See [Italy], 1962-67; Head of Information Administration Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1968-70; Counsellor, Washington [United States], 1970-73; Counsellor, Brasilia [Brazil], 1973-75; Ambassador to Laos, 1976-78; Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe, Strasbourg [France], 1978-83. Cape died on 16 June 2014.

He was awarded the CMG in 1977.


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External Documents


Cape, Donald

Finding aid date

2002-05-09 16:26:53+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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