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Memoir (in place of interview): Sir Colin Imray, 2002

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 54

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2002


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

Colin Imray was born 21 September 1933, the son of Henry Gibbon Imray and Frances Olive Imray; he was educated at Highgate School, Hotchkiss School, Connecticut, and Balliol College, Oxford (2nd class Hons PPE). In 1957 he married Shirley Margaret Matthews.

After serving in the Seaforth Highlanders and RWAFF, Sierra Leone, 1952-54, Imray joined the CRO in 1957. His diplomatic postings included: Canberra [Australia], 1958-61; CRO, 1961-63; Nairobi [Kenya], 1963-66; FCO, 1966-70; British Trade Commissioner, Montreal [Canada], 1970-73; Counsellor, Head of Chancery and Consul-General, Islamabad [Pakistan], 1973-77; RCDS, 1977; Commercial Counsellor, Tel Aviv [Israel], 1977-80; Rayner Project Officer, 1980; Deputy High Commissioner, Bombay [India], 1980-84; Assistant Under-Secretary of State (Deputy Chief Clerk and Chief Inspector), FCO, 1984-85; High Commissioner at Tanzania, 1986-89; High Commissioner at Bangladesh, 1989-93. Imray died on 20 December 2020.

He was awarded the KBE in 1992 and the CMG in 1983.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials


External Documents


Imray, Sir Colin Henry

Finding aid date

2002-06-14 09:59:06+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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