Morrice James, Baron St Brides

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The Lord St Brides
Sir Morrice James in 1967.jpg
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Australia
In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Preceded by Sir Charles Johnston
Succeeded by Sir Donald Tebbit
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to India
In office
Preceded by John Freeman
Succeeded by Sir Terence Garvey
High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Pakistan
In office
Preceded by Sir Alexander Symon
Succeeded by Sir Cyril Pickard
Personal details
Born (1916-04-30)30 April 1916
Died 26 November 1989(1989-11-26) (aged 73)
Nationality British
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Occupation Diplomat
Military service
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Royal Marines
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Second World War
Awards Member of the Order of the British Empire

John Morrice Cairns James, Baron Saint Brides,[1] GCMG, CVO, MBE, PC (30 April 1916 – 26 November 1989), normally known as Morrice James, was a senior British diplomat. He served as British High Commissioner to Pakistan, India and Australia, and was known as a specialist in the affairs of the South Asia.[2]

Early life and Second World War[edit]

James was born on 30 April 1916 and was educated at Bradfield College and Balliol College, Oxford. He joined the Dominions Office in London in 1939, and was Private Secretary to the Permanent Under-Secretary of State from April to August 1940. In August 1940 he joined the Royal Navy as an Ordinary Seaman, was commissioned in the Royal Marines in February of the following year, and ended the war as a lieutenant colonel.


James returned to the Dominions Office (which merged with the India Office in 1947 to form the Commonwealth Relations Office) in 1945, and served in South Africa, London, and Pakistan, where he headed the Deputy High Commissions in both Lahore and Karachi during the 1950s. He then served as Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi before returning to Pakistan as High Commissioner from 1962 to 1965. From 1968 to 1971 he served once more in New Delhi, as High Commissioner, and was appointed High Commissioner to Australia in 1971. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1976.[2]


James was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1944,[3] a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1957,[4] a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in 1961,[5] he was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 1962,[6] and to Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) in 1975.[7] He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1966, and was created a Life Peer as Baron Saint Brides, of Hasguard in the County of Dyfed on 8 February 1977.[8]



Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Alexander Symon
High Commissioner to Pakistan
Succeeded by
Sir Cyril Pickard
Preceded by
John Freeman
High Commissioner to India
Succeeded by
Sir Terence Garvey
Preceded by
Sir Charles Johnston
High Commissioner to Australia
Succeeded by
Sir Donald Tebbit
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
The Lord Inchyra
King of Arms of the
Order of St Michael and St George

Succeeded by
Sir Oliver Wright