Ewen Fergusson

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Sir Ewen Alastair John Fergusson GCMG GCVO (born 28 October 1932) is a retired British diplomat.[1]

The son of Sir Ewen MacGregor Field Fergusson and Winifred Evelyn Fergusson, he was educated at Rugby and Oriel College, Oxford. He played rugby for Oxford University and for Scotland, gaining 5 caps

After 2 years with the King's Royal Rifle Corps, he entered Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service in 1956.

He was British Ambassador to South Africa 1982-84, deputy under secretary of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office 1984-87 and British Ambassador to France 1987-92.

He was Chairman of Coutts from 1993–99, and of the Savoy Hotel Group 1994-98. He was Chairman of the governors of Rugby School from 1995–2002 and a trustee of the National Gallery from 1995-2002.

He is an honorary fellow of Oriel College, Oxford and holds an honorary LLD from Aberdeen University. He was appointed KCMG in 1987, GCVO in 1992, GCMG in 1993, and a Grand Officier of the Légion d'Honneur. He served as King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George from 1996 until 2007.

Offices held[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Stephen Barrett
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
George Walden
Preceded by
Sir John Leahy
British Ambassador
to South Africa

Succeeded by
Sir Patrick Moberly
Preceded by
Sir John Fretwell
British Ambassador
to France

Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Mallaby


  • Debrett's People of Today, 2007
  1. ^ A & C Black (2012). "FERGUSSON, Sir Ewen (Alastair John)". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2 May 2012.