Michael Scott Weir

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Sir Michael Scott Weir, KCMG (28 January 1925 – 22 June 2006) was a British diplomat. Born in Dunfermline, Fife, he went on a state scholarship to study oriental languages at the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1942. A year later he joined the Royal Air Force, which sent him to London University to learn Persian. He was then posted as an intelligence officer, including to Burma and Iraq. After demobilisation in 1947, he went to Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the Foreign Service in 1950, and quickly became one of its leading Arabists. His early postings included Bahrain, Doha and Sharjah. Weir's career culminated with his appointment as the United Kingdom's ambassador to Egypt (1979–1985).[1] He retired from the Foreign Service in 1985, but remained active; he served as President of the Egypt Exploration Society (1988–2006), Chairman of the British Egyptian Society (1990–2006) and Director of the 21st Century Trust (1990–2000). He died in London on 22 June 2006. He was the father of writer and comedian Arabella Weir.


  • Darwish, Adel (28 June 2006). "Sir Michael Weir: Diplomat and Arabist". The Independent. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  • Graham, John (3 July 2006). "Sir Michael Weir: British diplomat whose heart was in the Middle East". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  • "Sir Michael Weir: Distinguished and highly experienced member of the Diplomatic Service's corps of Arabists". The Times. 17 July 2006. Retrieved 4 May 2009.
  1. ^ "Previous Ambassadors". UK in Egypt: The official website for the British Embassy in Egypt. Archived from the original on 2 May 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2009.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Willie Morris
British Ambassador to Egypt
1979 – 1985
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Urwick