Humphrey Maud

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The Honourable Sir Humphrey Maud KCMG (17 April 1934 – 10 November 2013) was a British diplomat.[1]


Humphrey Maud was the son of the civil servant and diplomat John Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud and his wife, the pianist Jean Hamilton.[1] He attended Eton College, where he was a favourite of Benjamin Britten - Britten dedicated The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra to Humphrey and his siblings - though Humphrey's father eventually intervened to stop him spending so much time with Britten during the holidays.[2]

Maud studied classics and history at King's College, Cambridge. After a year teaching classics at the University of Minnesota, he entered the Foreign Service in 1959.[1]

Maud was the British Ambassador to Luxembourg from 1982-85, and the British Ambassador to Argentina from 1990-93.[3] In 1993 he became Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General with responsibility for economic and social affairs,[1] holding the post until he retired in 1999.


  1. ^ a b c d "MAUD, Hon. Sir Humphrey (John Hamilton)". Who's Who 2012. A & C Black. Retrieved 7 November 2012. 
  2. ^ John Bridcut, Britten's Children, Faber and Faber, 2006.
  3. ^ "British Ambassadors and High Commissioners 1880-2010" (PDF). Colin Mackie, Retrieved 2 October 2012.