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Transcript of interview: Stuart Laing, 2018

Reference Code: GBR/0014/DOHP 179

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The programme comprises transcripts of interviews with senior diplomats.


  • Creation: 2018

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

Stuart Laing was born 22 July 1948, son of Dr Denys Laing and Dr Judy Laing (née Dods). He was educated at Rugby School and Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (MA, MPhil), and in 1972, married Sibella Dorman, daughter of Sir Maurice Dorman, GCMG, GCVO, having one son and two daughters.

Laing joined the Diplomatic Service in 1970 and his career included the following posts: Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970-71; MECAS, Lebanon, 1971-72; 2nd Secretary, Jedda [Saudi Arabia], 1973-75; 1st Secretary, UK Permanent Representative to EC, 1975-78; FCO, 1978-83; Cairo [Egypt], 1983-87; FCO, 1987-89; Counsellor, Prague [Czechoslovakia, later Czech Republic and Slovakia], 1989-92; Deputy Head of Mission and HM Consul-General, British Embassy, Riyadh, 1992-95; Head, Know How Fund for Central Europe, FCO, later DFID, 1995-98; High Commissioner to Brunei, 1998-2002; Ambassador to Oman, 2002-05; Ambassador to Kuwait, 2005-08. Following his retirement from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Laing served as Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2008-18.


1 file(s)

Language of Materials



Laing, John Stuart, b 1948, diplomat

Finding aid date

2019-06-12 11:36:06.397000+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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