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Transcript of interview: David Burns, 1999

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 104

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 1999


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

David Burns was born on 20 September 1937, son of Allan Robert Desmond Burns, GM, and Gladys Frances Dine. He was educated at Sir Anthony Browne’s School, Brentwood, Essex, and in 1971 married Inger Ellen Kristiansson, having one son and one daughter.

Burns joined the Foreign Office on leaving school, returning to work in the UN Department following his National Service (1956-58). He then became a Language student and Third Secretary at the British Embassy, Belgrade [Yugoslavia, later Serbia], (1962-65), then Second Secretary, Bangkok [Thailand], (1966-68) and First Secretary, Washington [United States], (1969-72). He returned to Belgrade as Head of Chancery, (1973-76) before becoming Assistant Head of Arms Control Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (1976-79) and Counsellor, Bangkok, (1979-83). He was then posted back to the United States as Consul General, Boston, (1983-87) then became Head of North America Department, FCO, (1988-91) before becoming Ambassador to Cambodia, (1991-94) and finally Ambassador to Finland, (1995-97).


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Language of Materials


External Documents


Burns, David Allan, b 1937, diplomat

Finding aid date

2007-07-17 10:13:04.030000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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