Rodric Braithwaite

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Sir Rodric Braithwaite
British Ambassador to Russia
In office
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by New office
Succeeded by Brian Fall
British Ambassador to the Soviet Union
In office
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded by Bryan Cartledge
Succeeded by Office abolished
Personal details
Born 17 May 1932 (1932-05-17) (age 85)
Spouse(s) Jill Braithwaite
Relatives Warwick Braithwaite (father)
Nicholas Braithwaite (brother)
Joseph Braithwaite (grandfather)
John Braithwaite (uncle)
Rewi Braithwaite (uncle)
Roderick Braithwaite (uncle)
David Braithwaite (cousin)

Sir Rodric Quentin Braithwaite, GCMG (born 17 May 1932) is a British diplomat and author.

Braithwaite was educated at Bedales School and Christ's College, Cambridge. After his military service, he joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1955. His diplomatic career included posts in Indonesia, Italy, Poland, the Soviet Union, and a number of positions at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. From 1988 to 1992 Braithwaite was ambassador in Moscow, first of all to the Soviet Union and then to the Russian Federation. Subsequently, he was the Prime Minister's foreign policy adviser and chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee (1992–93), and was awarded the GCMG in 1994.

Braithwaite was married in April 1961 to the former Gillian Mary Robinson (15 September 1937 – 10 November 2008 London), better known as the archaeologist and Roman face pottery expert Jill Braithwaite. They had several children, including three sons and one daughter - Richard, Katharine, Julian (whose twin brother, Mark, died in 1971) and David.[1]



  1. ^ "Ambassador's wife turned archaeologist" Financial Times, 24 January 2009. Other obituaries appeared in The Independent (15 January 2009), and The Guardian (3 December 2008). Braithwaite's Guardian tribute to his late wife lists their five children.