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Transcript of interview: John Buist, 2008

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 118

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2008


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

John (or Ian) Buist was born 30 May 1930, son of Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Powrie Buist, RAMC, and Christian Mary Buist. He was educated at Dalhousie Castle School, Winchester College and New College, University of Oxford. From 1981 his partner was J. E. Regensburg, (Dennis Regensburg); Regensburg died in 1988.

Buist career included the following posts: Assistant Principal, Colonial Office, 1952-54; seconded to Kenya Government, 1954-56; Principal, Colonial Office, 1956-61; Department of Technical Co-operation, 1961-62; British High Commission, Dar-es-Salaam [Tanzania], 1962-64; Consultant on Administration, East African Common Services Organisation/Community, 1964-69; Secretary, Commission on East African Co-operation and related bodies, 1966-69; Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Overseas Development, 1966-73; Head of South Asia Department, Ministry of Overseas Development, 1973-76; Under-Secretary, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Overseas Development Administration), 1976-90. Buist died on 27 October 2012.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Buist, John Latto Farquharson, 1930-2012, diplomat

Finding aid date

2009-05-22 08:50:57.093000+00:00


Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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