John Balfour (diplomat)

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Sir John Balfour GCMG, GBE (1894–1983) was a British diplomat.

Balfour was an Oxford student studying German in the city of Freiberg when World War I began. He spent the entire war in a German prisoner camp.[1]

During his service with the Foreign Office, Balfour was posted to Portugal, Spain (1951–1954),[2] Argentina, Moscow, and Washington DC.[3] A hispanophile, Balfour was an ardent opponent of Francisco Franco's fascist regime.[3]

In 1983, Balfour published his memoirs, Not Too Correct an Aureole: Recollections of a Diplomat.


  1. ^ Weintraub, Stanley. "A Stillness Heard Round the World". Truman Talley Books, 1985, p. 346
  2. ^ Richard Ford. A hand-book for travellers in Spain and readers at home. University of California, 1966. Page xi
  3. ^ a b Jill Edwards. Anglo-American relations and the Franco question, 1945-1955. ISBN 0-19-822871-6. Page 174