Francis Richard Plunkett

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Francis Richard Plunkett, 1900

Sir Francis Richard Plunkett GCB GCMG PC (1835–1907) was a British diplomat.[1]

Early life[edit]

Plunkett was born on 3 February 1835 at Corbalton Hall in County Meath, Ireland. He was the youngest son of Arthur Plunkett, 9th Earl of Fingall and Louisa Corbally.


In 1873, Plunkett was nominated as Secretary of Legation in Tokyo under Sir Harry Parkes.[2] He left Tokyo in 1876 and served as Diplomatic Secretary in St Petersburg, Constantinople and Paris before being appointed Parkes's successor in Japan.

Plunkett was the British Minister in Tokyo, 1884–87,[3] He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George while in Tokyo.

In 1900 he was appointed Ambassador at Vienna. The following year he was appointed to the Privy Council in February 1901,[4] and was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) on 9 November 1901.[5]

He retired in 1905 and died in Paris in 1907.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ian Nish. (2004). British Envoys in Japan 1859-1972, pp. 53-62.
  2. ^ Addison, Henry Robert. (1901). Who's Who Vol. 53, p. 901, p. 901, at Google Books
  3. ^ The first British Ambassador to Japan was appointed in 1905. Before 1905, the senior British diplomat had different titles: (a) Consul-General and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary, which is a rank just below Ambassador.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27283. p. 1057. 12 February 1901.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27376. p. 7291. 12 November 1901.


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