Keith Edward Abbott

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Keith Edward Abbott (1814–1873) was a British diplomat and consul general at Tabriz and later Odessa.

Family background[edit]

Keith was born in London, the 5th son of Henry Alexius Abbott, a retired Calcutta merchant of Blackheath, Kent,[1] and his wife Margaret Welsh, the daughter of William Welsh of Edinburgh. He had the following siblings:


Between 1835 and 1837, K.E. Abbott stayed in the northeastern Ottoman town of Erzurum, perhaps as assistant in the British Consulate there.[2] He was first appointed to the Consulate of Tehran in 1841, from where he transferred, in 1842, to Tabriz. K. E. Abbott was appointed Consul of Tabriz in April 1854, and remained there till the rupture between England and Persia in 1856, and returned to the same place, as Consul-General, on the renewal of relations with Persia, in July 1857. In July 1868 he became Consul-General of the Russian Ports in the Black Sea and Sea of Azov, residing at Odessa, and remaining there until his death on 28 April 1873.


  1. ^ Biog. of Henry Alexius Abbot per the obituaries of his prominent sons
  2. ^ Abbotts' 'Notes of a tour in Armenia in 1837' (see Publications list below) p.207