Ralph Stevenson

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Sir Ralph Clarmont Skrine Stevenson, GCMG, MLC, CP (16 May 1895 – 23 June 1977)[1] was a British diplomat.

He was the son of Surgeon-General, H.W. Stevenson and was educated at Wellington College and University College, Oxford. He married Helen Barbara Izabel Boreel in 1921 and they had one son. He had served in the Rifle Brigade during the First World War, becoming Captain in 1917. His diplomatic career began as 3rd Secretary to the Diplomatic Service in 1919; 2nd Secretary in 1921 and 1st Secretary in 1928. Moving through positions of acting Counselor (1937); Counselor (1938) he became Minister in 1941. During this period he served with the Foreign Office in missions at Copenhagen, Berlin, Sofia, The Hague, Cairo and Barcelona.

In 1943, he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, a post he held until 1946.[2] Stevenson was Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Egypt from 1950 to 1953 and later on to the Republic of Egypt from 1953 to 1955. He was also a member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man from 1955 to 1970, as well as Captain of the Parish of Arbory from 1963 to 1976.[3] He married Helen Barbara Isabella Boreel on 27 October 1921. They had one son and divorced in 1944.[4]


  1. ^ "STEVENSON, Sir Ralph Clarmont Skrine". Who Was Who. A & C Black. Retrieved 2008-09-20. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "No. 36407". The London Gazette. 3 March 1944. p. 1064. 
  3. ^ Kelly, Dollin, ed. (2006). New Manx Worthies. Isle of Man: Manx Heritage Foundation. OCLC 77794312. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. Vol. 1 (107th ed.). Wilmington, DE: Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 433. ISBN 978-0-9711966-2-9. OCLC 150226262. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Oliver, The Lord Harvey of Tasburgh
Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary

Succeeded by
Oliver, The Lord Harvey of Tasburgh
Preceded by
George William Rendel
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia

1943 – 1946
Succeeded by
Charles Brinsley Pemberton Peake
Preceded by
Sir Horace James Seymour
British Ambassador to the Republic of China
Title next held by
Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan
as Chargé d'affaires ad interim
Preceded by
Sir Ronald Campbell
British Ambassador to Egypt
Succeeded by
Humphrey Trevelyan, Baron Trevelyan