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The Papers of Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen

Reference Code: GBR/0014/KNAT

Scope and Contents

The volumes of diaries ranging from 1915 to 1952 span his diplomatic career, and the correspondence is mainly of the years 1935-1937. Unfortunately, little exists from the World War II period when he was ambassador at Ankara and the events of Operation Cicero.


  • Creation: 1900 - 1965

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen was born 26 March 1886, in 1912 he married Mary Gordon-Gilmour and they had two daughters. In 1908 he entered the Foreign Office and in 1919 was appointed First Secretary in HM Diplomatic Service. During his career he held the following positions: 1926-1930, Counsellor, HM Embassy, Brussels; 1930-1934, British Minister to the Baltic States; 1934-1936, British Minister in Teheran; 1936-1938, Ambassador in China; 1939-1944, Ambassador in Turkey; 1944-1947, Ambassador in Brussels and Minister to Luxembourg. He retired in 1947and died 21 March 1971.


7 archive box(es)

Language of Materials



The arrangement is as follows: Section 1: diaries Section 2: correspondence

Other Finding Aids

The collection has been catalogued and a copy of the printed catalogue is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre and at the National Register of Archives in London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This small collection of diaries and correspondence of Sir Hughe Knatchbull-Hugessen was given to the College in November 1976 by Lady Knatchbull-Hugessen.


This catalogue of the papers was produced by Louise King of Churchill Archives Centre in January 2005 using the information from the original 1976 catalogue.


Hugessen, Sir Hughe Montgomery Knatchbull-, 1886-1971, knight, diplomat

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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