Hugh Foot, Baron Caradon

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Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon, GCMG KCVO OBE PC (8 October 1907 – 5 September 1990) was a British colonial administrator and diplomat who presided over moves to independence in various colonies and was UK representative to the United Nations.

Family[edit]

Hugh Mackintosh Foot was born in Plymouth on 8 October 1907. He was one of the four sons of the Liberal Member of Parliament Isaac Foot, his three brothers being the politician Sir Dingle Foot, the life peer Lord Foot, and the journalist and Labour Party leader Michael Foot. "We were proud to be nonconformists and Roundheads", Caradon once wrote of his family. "Oliver Cromwell was our hero and John Milton our poet."

Education[edit]

Foot was educated at Leighton Park School in Reading, Berkshire, and then at St John's College, Cambridge, where he was President of the Cambridge Union and also of the Cambridge University Liberal Club. His three politically active brothers, Dingle, John and Michael, were all educated at Oxford and all became Presidents of the Oxford Union.

Career[edit]

Foot's career in the diplomatic service was both long and distinguished. During the Second World War, he was appointed as British Military Administrator of Cyrenaica, then was Colonial Secretary of Cyprus from 1943 to 1945. After the War, he served as Colonial Secretary of Jamaica, 1945–1947, Chief Secretary for Nigeria, 1947–1950 and Captain General and Governor in Chief of Jamaica, 1951-1957.

He returned to Cyprus as the last colonial Governor and Commander in Chief, 1957-1960. In 1961, he became British Ambassador to the United Nations Trusteeship Council. After the Labour Party won the 1964 general election, Foot became Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and British Ambassador to the United Nations from 1964 to 1970. After his retirement, he became a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University and Princeton University.

In 1964 Foot was created a life peer as Baron Caradon of St Cleer in the County of Cornwall, the title referring to Caradon Hill on Bodmin Moor, not far from Trematon Castle, which was his country home.

Personal Life[edit]

He married Florence Sylvia Tod in 1936. She predeceased him in 1985. He was the father of Paul Foot, a journalist, and Oliver Foot, an actor, a third son and a daughter. He died in Plymouth, aged 82, on 5 September 1990. He was survived by his four children

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Government offices
Preceded by
Sir John Huggins
Governor of Jamaica
1951–1957
Succeeded by
Sir Kenneth Blackburne
Preceded by
John Harding
Governor of Cyprus
1957–1960
Cyprus became independent