Robin McLaren

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Sir Robin McLaren in Beijing

Sir Robin John Taylor McLaren KCMG (14 August 1934 – 20 July 2010[1]) was a British diplomat.


Robin McLaren was educated at Ardingly College, a boarding independent school for boys (now co-educational), in the village of Ardingly (near Haywards Heath) in West Sussex, followed by St John's College at the University of Cambridge.

Life and career[edit]

McLaren was Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College, where the McLaren Library is named after him. He served in the Royal Navy from 1953 to 1955, and entered the Foreign Service in 1958. He held a range of diplomatic posts between 1958 and 1994, including being Assistant Private Secretary to Sir Edward Heath between 1963 and 1964. He went on to serve as British Ambassador to the Philippines between 1985 and 1987. He was senior British representative on the Sino-British Joint Liaison Group between 1987 and 1989,[1] and British Ambassador to the People's Republic of China between 1991 and 1994.[2] He was made KCMG in 1991, having been made CMG in 1982.



  1. ^ a b Leung, Ambrose (23 July 2010). "OBITUARY – Robin McLaren, 1934–2010: The diplomat who helped smooth a path for Hong Kong's handover", South China Morning Post
  2. ^ "British Diplomatic History". Retrieved 2008-05-16. 
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Michael Morgan
British Ambassador to the Philippines
Succeeded by
Keith MacInnes
Preceded by
Sir Alan Donald
British Ambassador to China
Succeeded by
Sir Leonard Appleyard