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Transcript of interview: Lord Wright of Richmond, 2000

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 48

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2000


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

Patrick Wright was born 28 June 1931, the son of the late Herbert H. S. Wright and of Rachel Wright (née Green), Haslemere, Surrey; he was educated at Marlborough and Merton College (Postmaster), Oxford (MA; Honorary Fellow, 1987). In 1958 he married Virginia Anne Gaffney.

After serving in the Royal Artillery, 1950-51, Wright joined the Diplomatic Service in 1955. His career included: Middle East Centre for Arabic Studies, 1956-57; Third Secretary, British Embassy, Beirut [Lebanon], 1958-60; Private Secretary to Ambassador and later First Secretary, British Embassy, Washington [United States], 1960-65; Private Secretary to Permanent Under-Secretary, Foreign Office, 1965-67; First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Cairo [Egypt], 1967-70; Deputy Political Resident, Bahrain, 1971-72; Head of Middle East Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1972-74; Private Secretary (Overseas Affairs) to Prime Minister, 1974-77; Ambassador to: Luxembourg, 1977-79; Syria, 1979-81; Deputy Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1982-84; Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, 1984-86; Permanent Under-Secretary of State and Head of Diplomatic Service, 1986-91. Member, Security Commission, 1993-2002. He died on 6 March 2020.

Wright was created a life-peer in 1994. His other honours include: GCMG 1989 (KCMG 1984; CMG 1978).


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Wright, Patrick Richard Henry, Lord Wright of Richmond

Finding aid date

2002-05-16 09:15:33+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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