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Transcript of interview: Sir Michael Burton, 2008

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 116

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2008


Conditions Governing Access

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

Michael Burton was born 18 October 1937, son of Brigadier G. W. S. Burton, and of Barbara Burton (née Kemmis Betty). He was educated at Bedford School and Magdalen College, Oxford. In 1967 he married Henrietta Jindra Hones, having one son and one daughter (and one daughter deceased).

After his National Service, during which Burton served as 2nd Lieutenant, Rifle Brigade, (1955-57), Burton joined the Foreign Office in 1960. His diplomatic career included the following positions: Assistant Political Agent, Dubai, Trucial States [later United Arab Emirates], (1962-64); Private Secretary to Minister of State, Foreign Office, (1964-67); Second (later First) Secretary (Information), Khartoum [Sudan], (1967-69); First Secretary (Information), Paris [France], (1969-72); Assistant, Science and Technology Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (1972-75); First Secretary and Head of Chancery, Amman [Jordan], (1975-77); Counsellor, Kuwait, (1977-79); Head of Maritime, Aviation and Environment Department, FCO, (1979-81); Head of South Asian Department, FCO, (1981-84); on secondment to BP (British Petroleum) as Head of Policy Review Unit, (1984-85); Berlin [Germany]: Minister, (1985-92); Deputy Commandant, British Military Government, (1985-90); Head of Embassy Office, (1990-92); Assistant Under-Secretary of State (Middle East), FCO, (1993); Ambassador to the Czech Republic, (1994-97).


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Language of Materials



Burton, Sir Michael St Edmund, b 1937, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2008-12-04 13:14:38.293000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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