Martin Furnival Jones

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Sir Martin Furnival Jones
Allegiance United Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service MI5
Rank Director-General of MI5
Award(s) KCB

Born 7 May 1912
High Barnet
Died 1 March 1997(1997-03-01) (aged 84)
Nationality British
Occupation Intelligence officer, Solicitor
Alma mater Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge

Sir Martin Furnival Jones, KCB (7 May 1912 – 1 March 1997) was Director General of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, from 1965 until 1972.


Born in High Barnet[1] and educated at Highgate School, Furnival Jones was a Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge graduate with a law degree.[2] He was Director-General of MI5 from 1965 to 1972.[3]

Personal life[edit]

A well-liked member of the community in the Hampstead Garden Suburb where he lived, he was a tennis player and bird watcher and loved to perform in amateur theatre in both the local groups; the Play and Pageant Union and Speedwell Players. It was during a production of I Remember Mama that he first met his wife, Margaret.[4]


  1. ^ Obituary: Sir Martin Furnival Jones New York Times, 16 March 1997
  2. ^ The Defence of the Realm, by Christopher Andrew, Page 330, Published by Allen Lane, 2009, ISBN 978-0-7139-9885-6
  3. ^ Andrew, Page 853
  4. ^ Nora Packer, writing in Garden Suburb Theatre newsletter edition 47, May 1997
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Roger Hollis
Director-General of MI5
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Hanley