Marcus Cheke

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Sir Marcus John Cheke, KCVO, CMG (1906 – 22 June 1960) was a British diplomat.


Marcus Cheke was educated at Clayesmore School and Trinity College, Oxford. In the British general election of 1929 he stood as Liberal candidate for the New Forest and Christchurch constituency but was defeated by the sitting MP, Wilfrid Ashley.

Cheke was Honorary Attaché at the British Embassy, Lisbon, 1931–34 and at Brussels 1934–37; Press Attaché, Lisbon, 1938–42; attached to the staff of the Lisbon Embassy with the local rank of First Secretary 1942–45; and Vice-Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps 1946–57. He was appointed Minister to the Holy See in 1957 and died in office in Rome in 1960. He was also an Extra Gentleman Usher to the Queen from 1957.

Cheke was appointed CVO in 1952, CMG in 1955 and knighted KCVO in 1957.


In 1939 Marcus Cheke married the Honourable Constance Elizabeth Lopes, daughter of the 1st Baron Roborough. They had no children.


  • Papillée, Faber & Gwyer, London, 1927
  • The licking [Reminiscences of the author's childhood], Grayhound Press, Winchester, 1931
  • Hide and Seek, Collins, London, 1934
  • A tale of Lisbon [A poem], The Shakespeare Head Press, Oxford, 1937
  • Dictator of Portugal: A Life of the Marquis of Pombal, 1699–1782, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1938
  • Carlota Joaquina, Queen of Portugal, Sidgwick & Jackson, London, 1947
  • Guidance on Foreign Usages and Ceremony, and Other Matters, for a Member of His Majesty's Foreign Service on His First Appointment to a Post Abroad, HM Diplomatic Corps, London, 1949
  • The Cardinal de Bernis, Cassell, London, 1958


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Douglas Howard
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Holy See
1957 – 1960
Succeeded by
Sir Peter Scarlett