Martin Buckmaster, 3rd Viscount Buckmaster
|The Right Honourable
The Viscount Buckmaster
|3rd Viscount Buckmaster|
|Preceded by||Owen Buckmaster|
|Succeeded by||Adrian Buckmaster|
|Born||11 April 1921|
|Died||8 June 2007(aged 86)|
|Years of service||1939–1946|
|Unit||Royal Sussex Regiment|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Buckmaster was the elder son of Owen Buckmaster, 2nd Viscount Buckmaster, a barrister and Lloyd's underwriter, and his first wife, Joan Simpson. His grandfather was Stanley Buckmaster, 1st Viscount Buckmaster, a barrister and Liberal MP who served as Solicitor General from 1913 to 1915 and was created 1st Viscount Buckmaster in 1915 when he became Lord Chancellor.
He was demobilised in 1946 and joined the Foreign Office, using his experience of the Middle East to good effect. He was a political officer in Abu Dhabi from 1955 to 1958, and then First Secretary at the British embassy in Libya until 1963. After serving in Bahrain, he moved to Kampala to become First Secretary in Uganda from 1969 to 1971. He later served in Beirut and Yemen, retiring in 1981. He was appointed OBE in 1979.
He became Viscount Buckmaster on his father's death in 1974, his father having inherited the title in 1934. He took a seat on the crossbenches in the House of Lords, speaking mainly on matters relating to Middle East. He was vice-chairman of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding.
He did not marry. He was succeeded to the viscountcy by his nephew, Adrian Buckmaster, son of his younger brother, Hon. Colin John Buckmaster.
- Viscount Buckmaster, obituary, The Telegraph, London, 14 June 2007
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Buckmaster
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|