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Transcript of interview: Robin Byatt, 2016

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 148

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2016

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

Ronald, or Robin Byatt was born 14 Nov 1930, son of Sir Horace Byatt, GCMG and Olga Margaret Campbell, MBE. He was educated at Gordonstoun, New College, University of Oxford, and later at King’s College, University of Cambridge. In 1954 he married Ann Brereton Sharpe, daughter of C. B. Sharpe, having one son and one daughter.

After serving in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1949-50, Byatt worked in the Colonial Service in Nyasaland [later Malawi], 1955-58, before moving to the Foreign (now Diplomatic) Service in 1959. His diplomatic career included the following posts; Foreign Office, 1959; Havana [Cuba], 1961-63; FO, 1963-66; UK Mission to United Nations, New York [United States], 1966; Kampala [Uganda], 1970; Head of Rhodesia Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1972-75; Visiting Fellow, Glasgow University, 1975-76; Rhodesia Conference, Geneva [Switzerland], 1976; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, UK Mission to United Nations, New York, 1977-79; Assistant Under Secretary of State, FCO, 1979-80; High Commissioner in Zimbabwe, 1980-83; Member of Directing Staff, Royal College of Defence Studies, 1983-84; Ambassador to Morocco, 1985-87; High Commissioner in New Zealand and concurrently to Western Samoa [now Samoa] and Governor (non-resident), Pitcairn Islands, 1987-90. Byatt died on 30 November 2019.


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Language of Materials



Byatt, Ronald Archer Campbell, b 1930, diplomat

Finding aid date

2016-05-19 14:57:43.247000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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