Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn

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The Lord Killearn
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His Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Egypt and the Sudan
In office
Preceded byHimself (as UK High Commissioner)
Succeeded bySir Ronald Campbell
His Britannic Majesty's High Commissioner to Egypt and the Sudan
In office
Preceded bySir Percy Loraine
Succeeded byHimself (as UK Ambassador)
Personal details
Miles Wedderburn Lampson

24 August 1880
Died18 September 1964 (aged 84)

Miles Wedderburn Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, GCMG, CB, MVO, PC (24 August 1880 – 18 September 1964) was a British diplomat.

Background and education[edit]

Miles Lampson was the son of Norman Lampson, and grandson of Sir Curtis Lampson, 1st Baronet. His mother was Helen, daughter of Peter Blackburn, MP for Stirlingshire. He was educated at Eton.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Miles Lampson, British Minister to China by Sapajou (1926)

Lampson entered the Foreign Office in 1903. He served as Secretary to Garter Mission, Japan, in 1906, as 2nd Secretary at Tokyo, Japan, between 1908 and 1910, as 2nd Secretary at Sofia, Bulgaria in 1911, as 1st Secretary at Peking in 1916, as Acting British High Commissioner in Siberia in 1920 and as British Minister to China between 1926 and 1933.

In 1934 he was appointed High Commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan. As a result of the Anglo-Egyptian Treaty in December 1936, to which Lampson was a signatory,[1] Britain loosened its grip on Egypt and the post title was changed to Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan in 1936. Lampson continued in this office until 1946. As ambassador to Egypt he forced King Farouk I to change the cabinet to a Wafdist one through surrounding the king's palace with tanks.

He was then Special Commissioner in Southeast Asia between 1946 and 1948. He was admitted to the Privy Council in 1941 and raised to the peerage as Baron Killearn, of Killearn in the County of Stirling, on 17 May 1943.[2] He was also awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of Japan[3] and the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon of Japan.[3]


Lampson with his second wife Jacqueline in the gardens of the Cairo embassy

Lord Killearn married firstly Rachel, daughter of William Wilton Phipps, in 1912. They had one son and two daughters:

After Rachel's death in 1930 he married secondly Jacqueline Aldine Leslie Castellani (1910–2015),[4] daughter of Aldo Castellani, KCMG (Hon.), in 1934. They had one son and two daughters:

Lampson was a close personal friend of Sir Edward Peel.


Lord Killearn died in September 1964, aged 84, and was succeeded in the barony by his son by his first marriage, Graham. As Graham died without male heirs, the title subsequently passed to Lord Killearn's son from his second marriage, Victor.

The 3rd Lord Killearn took legal action in 2011 to prevent his mother selling off the family home, Haremere Hall.[5]


Coat of arms of Miles Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn
Coronet of a British Baron.svg
Killearn Escutcheon.png
A gryphon's head erased Gules charged with an escarbuncle Argent between two wings paly of four Argent and Gules.
Per saltire Argent and Gules two gryphons' heads in fess and as many escarbuncles in pale counterchanged.
Dexter a camel Proper with head stall and rope reflexed over the back Gules, sinister a Chinese dragon also Proper.
Persevera Et Vince (Persevere And Conquer) [6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Historic Anglo-Egyptian treaty signed in London – archive, 1936". Guardian. 27 August 2021. Retrieved 28 August 2021.
  2. ^ "No. 36020". The London Gazette. 18 May 1943. p. 2219.
  3. ^ a b "Pax Britannica (3rd Class)", Time, 16 May 1932.
  4. ^ "The Dowager Lady Killearn - obituary".
  5. ^ Daily Telegraph 18 Oct 2011
  6. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1973.


  • The Killearn Diaries, 1934–1946, London: Sidwick and Jackson, 1972.
  • Yapp, M.E. (ed.): Politics and diplomacy in Egypt: The diaries of Sir Miles Lampson, 1935–1937, Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press, 1997.
  • Lord Killearn's Diaries: Custodial history: In the possession of Lord Killearn, the Lampson family, Drs Trefor Evans and David Steeds of the University of Aberystwyth. Reference code: GB165-0176. Dates of creation: 1926–1951. 8 boxes 25 volumes. Scope and content: 25 MS and TS volumes of diaries, 1926–51, covering his service in China, Egypt and the Sudan, and South-East Asia.
  • Cassandra Jardine: "Grande dame is still giving high society plenty of cause for gossip", in: The Independent, Sunday 27 January 2008. Describes the life and times of the Dowager Lady Killearn (née Jacquetta Aldine Leslie Castellani).
  • O'Sullivan, Christopher D.: FDR and the End of Empire: The Origins of American Power in the Middle East., Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by British High Commissioner to Egypt
Became Ambassador
due to 1936 Treaty
New office British Ambassador to Egypt
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Killearn
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