Miles Lampson

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Killearn
GCMG CB MVO PC
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His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Egypt and Sudan
In office
1936–1946
Preceded by Himself (as UK High Commissioner)
Succeeded by Sir Ronald Campbell
His Britannic Majesty's High Commissioner to the Egypt and Sudan
In office
1934–1936
Preceded by Sir Percy Loraine
Succeeded by Himself (as UK Ambassador)

Miles Wedderburn Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, GCMG, CB, MVO, PC (24 August 1880 – 18 September 1964) was a British diplomat.

Background and education[edit]

Miles Lampson was the son of Norman Lampson, and grandson of Sir Curtis Lampson, 1st Baronet. His mother was Helen, daughter of Peter Blackburn, MP for Stirlingshire. He was educated at Eton.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Lampson entered the Foreign Office in 1903. He served as Secretary to Garter Mission, Japan, in 1906, as 2nd Secretary at Tokyo, Japan, between 1908 and 1910, as 2nd Secretary at Sofia, Bulgaria in 1911, as 1st Secretary at Peking in 1916, as Acting British High Commissioner in Siberia in 1920 and as British Minister to China between 1926 and 1933. In 1934 he was appointed High Commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan. The post was upgraded to Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan in 1936. Lampson continued in this office until 1946. As ambassador to Egypt he forced King Farouk I to change the cabinet to a wafdist one through surrounding the king's palace with tanks. He was then Special Commissioner in Southeast Asia between 1946 and 1948. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1941 and raised to the peerage as Baron Killearn, of Killearn in the County of Stirling, on 17 May 1943.[1] He was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of Japan[2] and the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of Japan.[2]

Family[edit]

Lampson with his second wife Jacqueline in the gardens of the Cairo embassy

Lord Killearn married firstly Rachel, daughter of William Wilton Phipps, in 1912. They had one son and two daughters:

After Rachel's death in 1930 he married secondly Jacqueline Aldine Leslie Castellani, daughter of Aldo Castellani, KCMG (Hon.), in 1934. They had one son and two daughters:

Lampson was a close personal friend of Sir Edward Peel.

Succession[edit]

Lord Killearn died in September 1964, aged 84, and was succeeded in the barony by his son by his first marriage, Graham. As Graham died without male heirs, the title subsequently passed to Lord Killearn's son from his second marriage, Victor.

The 3rd Lord Killearn took legal action in 2011 to prevent his mother selling off the family home, Haremere Hall.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • The Killearn Diaries, 1934–1946, London: Sidwick and Jackson, 1972).
  • Yapp, M.E., ed., Politics and diplomacy in Egypt: the diaries of Sir Miles Lampson, 1935–1937 (Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press,1997)
  • Lord Killearn's diaries : Custodial history: In the possession of Lord Killearn, the Lampson family, Drs Trefor Evans and David Steeds of the University of Aberystwyth. Reference code:GB165-0176. Dates of creation 1926–1951. 8 boxes 25 volumes. Scope and content: 25 MS and TS volumes of diaries, 1926–51, covering his service in China, Egypt and the Sudan, and South-East Asia.
  • Cassandra Jardine. "Grande dame is still giving high society plenty of cause for gossip" The Independent, Sunday 27 January 2008. Describes the life and times of the Dowager Lady Killearn, née Jacquetta Aldine Leslie Castellani.
  • O'Sullivan, Christopher D. FDR and the End of Empire: The Origins of American Power in the Middle East. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Percy Loraine, Bt
British High Commissioner to Egypt
1933–1936
Became Ambassador
due to 1936 Treaty
New office British Ambassador to Egypt
1936–1946
Succeeded by
Ronald Ian Campbell
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Killearn
1943–1964
Succeeded by
Graham Lampson