Pierson Dixon

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Sir Pierson John Dixon GCMG CB (13 November 1904 – 22 April 1965) was an English diplomat and writer.


Dixon was the Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary between 1943 and 1948. He held the post of Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1948–1950) and he was invested as Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1950. He later held the offices of Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office (1950–1954) and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations (1954–1960). He was involved during the Suez Crisis and Hungarian Uprising in 1956. He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1957 and served as the Ambassador to France between 1960 and 1964.

Personal life[edit]

Dixon was educated at Bedford School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He married Alexandra Atchley in 1928 and they had a son and two daughters. Their son Piers Dixon was a Conservative politician who represented Truro between 1970 and 1974.

He was an author of historical novels, notably writing about Justinian and Pauline Bonaparte.


  • Farewell, Catullus (1953)
  • The Glittering Horn: Secret Memoirs of the Court of Justinian (1958)
  • Pauline: Napoleon's Favourite Sister (1964)

Works about Pierson Dixon[edit]

Offices held[edit]

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Oliver, The Lord Harvey of Tasburgh
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Sir Frank Roberts

Further reading[edit]