Robin Renwick, Baron Renwick of Clifton

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The Lord Renwick of Clifton

Member of the House of Lords
In office
26 September 1997 – 31 March 2018
British Ambassador to the United States
In office
MonarchElizabeth II
PresidentGeorge Bush
Bill Clinton
Prime MinisterJohn Major
Preceded byAntony Acland
Succeeded byThe Lord Kerr of Kinlochard
British Ambassador to South Africa
In office
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byPatrick Moberly
Succeeded byAnthony Reeve
Personal details
Born (1937-12-13) 13 December 1937 (age 83)
Spouse(s)Annie Renwick
Children2 (1 son, 1 daughter)

Robin William Renwick, Baron Renwick of Clifton, KCMG (born 13 December 1937) is a former diplomat and a former member of the House of Lords. He was first a Labour peer but moved to the crossbenches in 2007. He retired from the House in 2018.

Lord Renwick was educated at St Paul's School and graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1962 with a Master of Arts in history. He further studied at the Sorbonne.

From 1956 to 1958 he completed national service in the British Army.

In 1963 he entered the British Foreign Service and had the postings detailed below.

Renwick was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 1980 New Year Honours[1] and was promoted to Knight Commander (KCMG) in the 1989 New Year Honours.[2]

He was recommended for a life peerage and created Baron Renwick of Clifton, of Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, on 26 September 1997.[3]

Diplomatic posts held[edit]

  • Dakar, 1963–64;
  • Foreign Office, 1964–66;
  • New Delhi, 1966–70;
  • Private Secretary to Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1970–72;
  • First Secretary, Paris, 1972–76;
  • Counsellor, Cabinet Office, 1976–78;
  • Rhodesia Department, FCO, 1978–80;
  • Political Adviser to Governor of Rhodesia, 1980;
  • Head of Chancery, Washington, 1981–84;
  • Assistant Under-Secretary of State, FCO, 1984–87;

Ambassador to:

Directorates held[edit]

He has served on the Board of Directors of the following firms:

He also served as Deputy Chairman, Robert Fleming Bank, then Deputy Chairman, Fleming Family and Partners

He currently serves as

  • Chairman, Advisory Board, StonehageFleming,
  • Senior Adviser, Richemont
  • Advisory Board, Appian Capital,
  • Director, Excelsior Mining,
  • Chairman, Kropz plc,


  1. ^ "No. 48041". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1979. p. 2.
  2. ^ "No. 51578". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1988. p. 3.
  3. ^ "No. 54907". The London Gazette. 1 October 1997. p. 11063.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Antony Acland
British Ambassador to the United States
Succeeded by
Sir John Kerr
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
The Lord Newby
Baron Renwick of Clifton
Followed by
The Lord Hughes of Woodside