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Transcript of interview: Sir Patrick Fairweather, 2011

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 133

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2011


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 Fairweather was born on 17 June 1936, son of John George Fairweather and Dorothy Jane (née Boanas). He was educated at Ottershaw School, Surrey, and Trinity College, University of Cambridge, studying history, and in 1962 married Maria Merica (who died in 2010), having two daughters.

After his National Service in the Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment, 1955-57, Fairweather entered the diplomatic service in 1965, and his career included the following: 2nd Secretary, Rome [Italy], 1966-69; Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1969-70; 1st Secretary (Economic), Paris [France], 1970-73; FCO, 1973-75; 1st Secretary and Head of Chancery, Vientiane [Laos], 1975-76; 1st Secretary, UK Representation to EEC, Brussels, 1976-78; Counsellor (Economic and Commercial), Athens [Greece], 1978-83; Head of European Community Department (Internal), FCO, 1983-85; Ambassador to Angola, 1985-87; Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1987-90; Deputy Under-Secretary of State (Middle East and Africa), FCO, 1990-92; Ambassador to Italy and (non-resident) to Albania, 1992-96.


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Language of Materials



Fairweather, Sir Patrick Stanislaus, b 1936, Knight, diplomat

Finding aid date

2011-09-27 13:50:24.433000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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