Sir Horace James Seymour diplomat who served in Washington, D.C., Tehran, the Hague, Rome, and Chungking. He was Principal Private Secretary to the British Foreign Secretary and Assistant Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office. His most senior appointment was as British Ambassador to China from 1942 to 1946.(26 February 1885 – 10 September 1978) was a British
Early life and family
The elder son of Hugh Francis Seymour and Rachel Blanche Lascelles, and the great-grandson of Col. Hugh Henry John Seymour, a grandson of Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, and a descendant of Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Seymour was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge.
Seymour entered the Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service in 1908. He was Second Secretary at the British Embassy to the United States in 1919, First Secretary in the Netherlands in 1923 and in Italy in 1925, then from 1932 to 1936 Principal Private Secretary to the British Foreign Secretary. He was next British Minister ('Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary') in Tehran, from 1936 to 1939, Assistant Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, 1939 to 1942, and then British Ambassador to China, from 1942 to 1946. He retired in 1947.
Between April 1947 and July 1947, Seymour was a member of the Franco-Siamese Boundary Commission sitting in Washington, D.C., and in December 1947 he was appointed as chairman of the British Delegation to the Balkans Commission, based at Salonika, Greece.
Marriage and children
In 1917, Seymour married Violet, daughter of Thomas Edward Erskine, and they had three daughters, Jane (who died in infancy in 1918), Joan, and Virginia, and one son, Hugh Francis Seymour (born 14 December 1926). They lived at Bratton House, near Westbury in Wiltshire.
- Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, 1927
- Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, 1936
- Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George, 1939
- Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George, 1946
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| Principal Private Secretary
to the Foreign Secretary
Oliver, The Lord Harvey of Tasburgh
| British Ambassador to Iran
Archibald Clark Kerr, 1st Baron Inverchapel
| British Ambassador to China
Sir Ralph Clarmont Skrine Stevenson