Paul Gore-Booth, Baron Gore-Booth

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Gore-Booth in 1968

Paul Henry Gore-Booth, Baron Gore-Booth GCMG KCVO (3 February 1909 – 29 June 1984) was a British diplomat. He served with distinction in HM Diplomatic Service and in retirement held the following appointments: Director, Grindlays Bank, 1969–79, United Kingdom Provident Institution, 1969–79 and Registrar, Order of St Michael and St George, 1966–79.[1]

Lord Gore-Booth was educated at Eton and Balliol. After Oxford, he married in 1940, Patricia Mary Ellerton, by whom he had twin sons one of whom was Sir David Gore-Booth and two daughters. His aunt was the Irish republican and socialist revolutionary, Countess Constance Markievicz (née Gore-Booth).[2]


Gore-Booth joined the British Foreign Service in 1933, serving FO 1933-36; Vienna, 1936–37; Tokyo, 1938–42; Washington, 1942–45; FO, 1945–49; Head of UN (Economic and Social) and Refugees Depts, 1947–48; Head of European Recovery Dept, Foreign Office, 1948–49; Director British Information Services in United States, 1949–53; Ambassador to Burma, 1953–56; Deputy Under-Secretary (Economic Affairs), Foreign Office, 1956–60; British High Commissioner in India, 1960–65; Permanent Under-Secretary of State, FO, 1965–69; Head of HM Diplomatic Service, 1968-69. Hot Springs Food Conference, 1943; UNRRA Conference, 1943; Chicago Civil Aviation Conference, 1944; San Francisco Conference, 1945; UN Assembly, 1946 (Sec. of UK Deleg.) January and October and 1947; British Representative, Group of Four drafting Convention setting up OECD. Chairman: Save the Children Fund, 1970–76; Disasters Emergency Committee, 1974-77. Chairman Board of Governors, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1975-80. President Sherlock Holmes Society of London, 1967–79; Chairman, Windsor Music Festival, 1971-73.


GCMG collar and star


  • With Great Truth and Respect (autobiog.) 1974
  • Satow's Guide to Diplomatic Practice, 5th edn, 1978.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Malcolm MacDonald
High Commissioner to India
Succeeded by
John Freeman