Frederick Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra

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Millar (first left) as U.S. President Harry S. Truman signs the North Atlantic Treaty (1949)

Frederick Robert Hoyer Millar, 1st Baron Inchyra GCMG CVO (6 June 1900 – 16 October 1989), was a British diplomat who served as Ambassador to West Germany from 1955 to 1956.

Background and early career[edit]

The son of Robert Hoyer Millar, he was educated at Wellington and New College, Oxford. Millar entered the Diplomatic Service in 1923, and served in various capacities at the British embassies in Berlin, Paris and Cairo and at the Foreign Office. From 1934 to 1938 he was Assistant Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary (Sir John Simon, Sir Samuel Hoare and Anthony Eden respectively).

Senior diplomatic appointments[edit]

During the Second World War he served chiefly at the British embassy in Washington, where he was also Minister Plenipotentiary from 1948 to 1950. Millar was also the United Kingdom Deputy at the North Atlantic Council from 1950 to 1952 and its Representative thereon from 1952 to 1953. The latter year Millar was appointed High Commissioner to the British Zone of occupied Germany, a post he held until 1955, and was then Ambassador to West Germany from 1955 to 1956. After his return to Britain he served as Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office from 1957 to 1962.

Later life; personal[edit]

Millar was made a KCMG in 1949 and a GCMG in 1956, and in 1962 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Inchyra, of St Madoes in the County of Perth.

Lord Inchyra married in 1931 to Jonkvrouw Anna Judith Elisabeth de Marees van Swinderen (1906–1999), daughter of Jonkheer René de Marees van Swinderen, former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs (1908–13) and Dutch Ambassador in London (1913–37), of the Netherlands. They had four children, two sons and two daughters. Their older daughter Elizabeth married Billy Wallace in 1965.[1]

Their younger daughter, Dame Annabel Whitehead, was a Lady-in-Waiting to Princess Margaret and later to the Queen.[2][3]


Lord Inchyra died in October 1989, aged 89. He was succeeded in the Barony by his elder son, Robert, the 2nd Baron Inchyra.

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick
British High Commissioner at Allied High Commission
Succeeded by
as Ambassador
Preceded by
as High Commissioner
British Ambassador to West Germany
1955 – 1956
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Steel
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick
Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office
1957 – 1962
Succeeded by
Sir Harold Caccia
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir Nevile Bland
King of Arms of the
Order of St Michael and St George

1962 – 1975
Succeeded by
Sir Morrice James
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Inchyra
1962 – 1989
Succeeded by
Robert Millar


  1. ^ "Billy Wallace weds 1965". British Pathe. 
  2. ^ "Ladies in Waiting and Equerries". Official website of the Royal Family. 
  3. ^ "Yvonne's Royalty Home Page: Royal Godchildren". Retrieved 10 September 2012.