Peter Hope (diplomat)

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Sir Peter Hope KCMG TD (29 May 1912 – 12 March 1999) was a British intelligence officer, later a diplomat, ambassador to Mexico.


Charles Peter Hope was educated at The Oratory School and Imperial College, London. While there he had an affair with Mary Farmar, later the novelist Mary Wesley.[1]

He joined the Royal Horse Artillery in 1945, but was attached to MI6 and was involved with the formation of the Special Operations Executive. In 1941 he transferred to MI5 and was posted to SHAEF in 1944 to track down British traitors, one of whom was Harold Cole, arrested by Hope in 1945.[2] In 1946 Hope transferred to the Foreign Office. He was Minister at Madrid 1959–62, Consul-General at Houston 1963–64,[3] Minister and Alternate UK Representative to the United Nations 1965–68 and Ambassador to Mexico 1968–72.[4]

Hope was appointed CMG in the New Year Honours of 1957[5] and knighted KCMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1972.[6] He was a Knight of the Venerable Order of St John,[7] a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Aztec Eagle and a Grand Officer of the Order pro merito Melitensi. He was a member of the Order of Saints George and Constantine (Greece).


Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Nicolas Cheetham
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Mexico City
Succeeded by
Sir John Galsworthy