Timothy Daunt

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Sir Timothy Daunt

26th Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
In office
27 October 1995 – 1 September 2000
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded bySir Laurence Jones
Succeeded bySir Ian Macfadyen
Personal details
Timothy Lewis Achilles Daunt

(1935-10-11) 11 October 1935 (age 83)
Spouse(s)Patricia Susan Knight
RelationsAchilles Daunt (great grandfather)
ChildrenJames Daunt
Alma materSt Catharine's College, Cambridge
Military service
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/serviceFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1955–1957
Viceregal styles of
Sir Timothy Daunt
Flag of the Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.svg
Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency

Sir Timothy Lewis Achilles Daunt KCMG (born 11 October 1935) is a retired diplomat and former Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.

Early life[edit]

Educated at Sherborne School and St Catharine's College, Cambridge,[1]


Daunt was commissioned into the Royal Armoured Corps in 1955[2] and posted to the 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars.[1] After completing national service, he joined the diplomatic service and, after a series of postings, became Permanent Representative to NATO in Brussels in 1982[3] and then British Ambassador to Turkey from 1986 to his retirement in 1992.[4]

In retirement he became Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man.[5] He later became chairman of the Ottoman Fund, a business established to provide mortgages for properties in Turkey.[6]


In 1962 he married Patricia Susan Knight.[1][7] Their son James Daunt is the founder of the Daunt Books chain, and since 2011, managing director of the book chain Waterstones.


  1. ^ a b c The Peerage.com
  2. ^ "No. 40422". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1955. p. 1315.
  3. ^ Birthdays: 11-12 October The Times, 11 October 2008
  4. ^ Diplomatic Secrets Cornucopia, various issues
  5. ^ Governor says farewell IOM today, 1 September 2000
  6. ^ Ottoman Fund launch enables investors to talk Turkey Wealth Manager, 22 December 2005
  7. ^ "Genealogy of Daunt of Owlpen". Archived from the original on 12 September 2015.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Laurence Jones
Lieutenant Governor of the Isle of Man
Succeeded by
Ian Macfadyen