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Transcript of interview: David Colvin, 2017-08 - 2018

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 177

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • 2017-08 - 2018

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

David Colvin was born 23 Jan 1941, 3rd son of Major Leslie Hubert Boyd Colvin, MC, and of Edna Mary (née Parrott). He was educated at Lincoln School and Trinity College, University of Oxford (MA). In 1971, he married (Diana) Caroline Carew, younger daughter of Gordon MacPherson Lang Smith and Mildred (née Carew-Gibson), having one son and one daughter.

After a short spell as Assistant Principal, Board of Trade, 1966, Colvin joined the Foreign (later Diplomatic) Service in 1967 and during his diplomatic career served in the following posts: Central Departmentt, Foreign Office, 1967; Second Secretary, Bangkok [Thailand], 1968-71; European Integration Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1971-75; First Secretary, Paris [France], 1975-77; First Secretary (Press and Information), UK Permanent Representation to the European Community, 1977-82; Assistant Secretary, Cabinet Office, 1982-85; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Budapest [Hungary], 1985-88; Head, South East Asian Department, FCO, 1988-91; Minister, Rome [Italy], 1992-96; Ambassador to Belgium, 1996-2001.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Colvin, David Hugh, b 1941, diplomat

Finding aid date

2019-02-18 13:30:48.097000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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