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 in the Foreign Office in London from 1933–36, and then was stationed in Vienna, 1936–37, Tokyo, 1938–42, and Washington, 1942–45, where he attended the Hot Springs Food Conference in 1943. He returned to the Foreign Office in London, 1945–49, attending the UNRRA Conference, 1943, the Chicago Civil Aviation Conference, 1944, the San Francisco Conference, 1945, and the UN Assembly, January and October 1946 (as Secretary of the UK Delegation), and in 1947 as the British Representative, Group of Four Drafting Convention setting up the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He served as Head of the UN Economic and Social and Refugees Departments, 1947–48; Head of European Recovery Department, Foreign Office, 1948–49; Director of 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, Foreign Office, 1965–69; and Head of HM Diplomatic Service, 1968–69.

Gore-Booth also served as President of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, 1967–79; Chairman, Save the Children Fund, 1970–76; Chairman, Windsor Music Festival, 1971–73; Member, Disasters Emergency Committee, 1974–77; Chairman, Board of Governors, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 1975–80.

Chagos Islands[edit]

Gore-Booth is widely known for his involvement in the removal of the indigenous Chagossians of Diego Garcia within the Chagos Islands to make way for an American Army base.

After the broadcast of John Pilger's documentary Stealing a Nation (2004), it was revealed that Gore-Booth played an instrumental part in the expulsion of the Chagos Islanders. The documentary noted that he stated in writing in August 1966 quote "We must surely be very tough about this, the object of the exercise was to get some rocks which will remain ours; There will be no indigenous population except seagulls"



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

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  4. ^ "No. 38493". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1949. p. 5.
  5. ^ "No. 40960". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1957. p. 5.
  6. ^ "No. 43667". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1965. p. 5474.
  7. ^ "No. 42301". The London Gazette. 14 March 1961. p. 1923.
  8. ^ "No. 44890". The London Gazette. 4 July 1969. p. 6971.

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