David Goodall (diplomat)

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Sir Arthur David Saunders Goodall, GCMG (9 October 1931 – 22 July 2016) was a British diplomat. He was High Commissioner to India from 1987-1991.

Early life[edit]

Goodall was born on 9 October 1931 and educated at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire, and Trinity College, Oxford where he gained first class honours.[1]


Goodall joined the diplomatic service in 1956 and served in Austria, Germany, Indonesia and Kenya, before spending 1997-1991 as the British High Commissioner, the equivalent of Ambassador, in India. He also spent time working in the Cabinet Office, where he helped negotiate the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement.[2]

After his retirement he was Chairman of the Leonard Cheshire Foundation, 1995-2000, and President of the Irish Genealogical Research Society, 1992-2010.[1][3]

During the 1980s, Goodall was one of the most senior British officials representing the United Kingdom negotiating with the Irish government on Northern Ireland.[4]

Goodall was a Knight of the Order of St. Gregory the Great (KSG).[5]

He died on 22 July 2016 at the age of 84.[6]


Goodall was taught to paint at Ampleforth College, but started to paint seriously some twenty years later after reading Winston Churchill's book Painting as a Pastime. He works in ink and watercolour, and has held one-man shows in North Yorkshire, London, Durham, Hull and Delhi. He has published two books of his paintings: Remembering India (1997, Scorpion Cavendish; ISBN 978-1900269056) and Ryedale Pilgrimage (2000, Maxiprint; ISBN 978-1871125474).[2]


  1. ^ a b "GOODALL, Sir (Arthur) David (Saunders)". Who's Who 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sir David Goodall: Italy and India". Abbott & Holder Ltd. 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Goodall, David (8 May 2010). "Message from the retiring President 2010". Irish Genealogical Research Society. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sir David Goodall biodata". Retrieved 2016-07-25 – via cosmos.ucc.ie. 
  5. ^ "Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great". Association of Papal Orders in Great Britain of Pius IX, Saint Gregory and Saint Sylvester. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sir David Goodall, diplomat who played a key role in the Anglo-Irish Agreement – obituary". www.telegraph.co.uk. The Telegraph. 24 July 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-26.