Nevile Bland

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sir Nevile Bland with Lady Bland in 1946

Sir George Nevile Maltby Bland KCMG KCVO (6 December 1886 – 19 August 1972)[1] was a British diplomat who served as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands from 1938 through the war years until 1948. He also authored or edited several legal books and articles.

Early life[edit]

Bland was born the youngest son of Francis Maltby Bland, DL, JP, and his wife Edith Richenda Bland (née Barclay). His maternal uncle Sir George Barclay had been the British Minister in Bucharest during the First World War. His siblings included brothers Hugh Michael and Francis Lawrence Bland, and sisters Edith Richenda ("Chenda") and Esther. Bland was educated at Eton, and then at King's College, Cambridge, graduating with a BA degree in 1908, upgraded to MA in 1912.[2] He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1911.[3]

Career[edit]

After a long spell serving as Private Secretary to various senior diplomats and then as Counsellor, Nevile Bland was knighted KCVO in the 1937 Coronation Honours.[4] He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands in 1938,[5] and narrowly escaped internment by the Nazis by escaping in 1940. He remained with the Netherlands government in exile in England during the war, and then again in The Hague until March 1948 (his post was upgraded to Ambassador in 1942[6]).[7] From 1952 to 1961 he was King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George.[8]

Honours[edit]

Family[edit]

In 1919, Nevile Bland became engaged and then married Portia Ottley. They had at least three children, of whom a baby daughter Corinna died in late 1924, and a son David was killed in action in Tunisia in 1943. Another son, Simon, survived the Second World War and a spell of duty in British Malaya to marry and father children; he became private secretary, then equerry, to the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester.

See also[edit]

Works edited[edit]

  • A guide to diplomatic practice, edited by Nevile Bland

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Churchill Archives Centre, The Papers of Sir (George) Nevile (Maltby) Bland, BLND. Retrieved 22 June 2007.
  2. ^ Bland papers, op.cit.
  3. ^ "no. 28547". The London Gazette. 3 November 1911. p. 7964. 
  4. ^ "(Supplement) no. 34396". The London Gazette. 11 May 1937. p. 3084. 
  5. ^ "no. 34576". The London Gazette. 2 December 1938. p. 7603. 
  6. ^ "no. 35673". The London Gazette. 18 August 1942. p. 3613. 
  7. ^ Dutch orders at the Wayback Machine (archived 19 May 2011)
  8. ^ "no. 39634". The London Gazette. 29 September 1952. p. 4587. 
  9. ^ "(Supplement) no. 37835". The London Gazette. 31 December 1946. p. 6. 

External links[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Hubert Montgomery
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands
then
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Her Majesty the Queen of the Netherlands

1938–1948
Succeeded by
Sir Philip Nichols
Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Sir William Weigall
King of Arms of the Order of St Michael and St George
1952–1962
Succeeded by
The Lord Inchyra