Clare Ford

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Sir Francis Clare Ford, in La Ilustración Española y Americana.

Sir (Francis) Clare Ford GCB GCMG PC (1828 – 31 January 1899) was an English diplomat.[1]

The son of Richard Ford, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the 4th Light Dragoons. However, he left the army in 1851, entered the diplomatic service, and became Secretary of Legation at Washington, D.C., where he was acting chargé d'affaires in 1867–1868. In 1871 he was appointed Secretary of Embassy at St Petersburg and in 1872 was transferred to Vienna. He represented the British government in 1875–77 at Halifax before the Halifax Fisheries Commission, by decision of which $5,500,000 was awarded to Great Britain for superior advantages obtained by the United States in the Washington fisheries treaty of 1871. In 1878–1879 he was Minister to the Argentine Republic and during a portion of the time to Uruguay also.

Ford was afterward appointed to similar posts at Rio de Janeiro and at Athens. In 1884 he became Minister (from 1887 Ambassador) to Spain; while there he acted as British commissioner in Paris in 1884 and 1885 to settle the Newfoundland fisheries question. In 1892 he was transferred to Constantinople and in 1893 to Rome. His services to British diplomacy won for him frequent official recognition, including appointment to the Privy Council in 1888.[2]

References[edit]

  • FORD, Rt Hon. Sir (Francis) Clare, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 20 June 2012
  • Sir Francis Clare Ford, G.C.B., G.C.M.G. (obituary), The Times, London, 1 February 1899, page 6
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Lionel Sackville-West
Minister Plenipotentiary to Argentina
1878–1879
Succeeded by
Sir Horace Rumbold, 8th Baronet
Preceded by
Minister Plenipotentiary and Consul-General to Uruguay
1879
Succeeded by
Hon. Edmund Monson
Preceded by
G. B. Mathew
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil
1879–1881
Succeeded by
Edwin Corbett
Preceded by
Sir Robert Morier
Envoys Extraordinary and Ministers Plenipotentiary to Spain
(Ambassador to Spain from 1887)
1884–1892
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Drummond Wolff
Preceded by
Sir William Arthur White
Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
1891–1892
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Currie
Preceded by
The Lord Vivian
Ambassador to Italy
1892–1898
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Currie