George Fergusson (diplomat)
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|His Excellency The Honourable
|Governor of Bermuda|
23 May 2012 – 2 August 2016
|Preceded by||David Arkley (Acting)|
|Succeeded by||Ginny Ferson (Acting)|
|Governor of the Pitcairn Islands|
2 May 2006 – May 2010
|Preceded by||Richard Fell|
|Succeeded by||Vicki Treadell|
30 September 1955 |
Scotland, United Kingdom
The Hon. George Duncan Raukawa Fergusson (born 30 September 1955) is a British diplomat. He was the British High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, and the Governor of the Pitcairn Islands, from 2006 to 2010. He was the Governor of Bermuda from 2012 to 2016.
George Fergusson was born in 1955, the son of Baron Ballantrae, who was Governor-General of New Zealand 1962-1967. His middle name "Raukawa" is Māori and reflects the history of Fergussons being appointed to vice-regal posts in New Zealand (two Governors and two Governors-General; George Fergusson is a direct descendant of all four). He was educated at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford, where he edited the student newspaper The Tributary.
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The Hon. George Fergusson
|Reference style||His Excellency|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
Fergusson joined the Northern Ireland Office in 1978. While serving in Belfast he introduced the Foreign Office to Christie Davies's humorous suggestion that Northern Ireland be the new home of Hong Kong's British population when the territory was returned to China in 1997. In 1988 he transferred to the Foreign Office as 1st Secretary (Political) in Dublin.
From 1991 to 1993, he was in the Soviet and then the Eastern Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. From 1994, he was 1st Secretary (Political/Information) in Seoul, and in 1996 he returned to London as Deputy Head of the Southern African Department. Later, in 1996, he became Head of the Republic of Ireland Department.
He is married to Margaret (née Wookey), and they have three daughters. The couple also had a son, who died in 2005.
- A & C Black (2012). "FERGUSSON, George Duncan". Who's Who 2012, online edition. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2012-05-14.
- "New Governor : 'Challenges are crime and the economy'". The Royal Gazette. May 23, 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "Colophon". The Tributary (10). 27 November 1975. p. 2.
- "National Archives reveal Hong Kong-to-NI 'spoof'". BBC News Online. 3 July 2015.
- Owen Bowcott (3 July 2015). "UK officials discussed resettling 5.5m Hong Kong Chinese in Northern Ireland". Guardian online.
- "Mugged diplomat George Fergusson loses sight in eye". The Telegraph. 22 April 2012.
- New High Commissioner has unique connections to New Zealand, British High Commission New Zealand
|British High Commissioner
to New Zealand
of the Pitcairn Islands
|(Non-resident) British High
Commissioner of Samoa
|Governor of Bermuda