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Hugh Mackintosh Foot, Baron Caradon, GCMG
Order of St Michael and St George
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Order of the British Empire
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Privy Council of the United Kingdom
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 (8 October 1907 – 5 September 1990) was a British
United Kingdom
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 colonial administrator and diplomat who oversaw moves to independence in various colonies and was UK representative to the United Nations
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Foot was educated at Leighton Park School
Leighton Park School
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 in Reading, Berkshire
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, and at St John's College
St John's College, Cambridge
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 at the University of Cambridge
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 where he was President of the Cambridge Union and the Cambridge University Liberal Club. He was the son of solicitor and Liberal Party
Liberal Party (UK)
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Member of Parliament
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 Isaac Foot
Isaac Foot
-Early life:Isaac Foot was born in Plymouth, the son of a carpenter and undertaker, and educated at Plymouth Public School and the Hoe Grammar School, which he left at the age of 14. He then worked at the Admiralty in London, but returned to Plymouth to train as a solicitor...

, and brother of the MP Sir Dingle Foot
Dingle Foot
Sir Dingle Mackintosh Foot, Q.C. was a British lawyer and politician, born in Plymouth, Devon.-Education and career:...

, the life peer Lord John Foot
John Foot, Baron Foot
John Mackintosh Foot, Baron Foot was a Liberal politician and Life Peer.Foot was born in Plymouth, Devon, the son of Isaac Foot and the brother of Sir Dingle Foot, QC, Hugh Foot, Baron Caradon and Michael Foot. His nephew was the late journalist Paul Foot...

, and Labour Party
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 MP and party leader (1980–83) Michael Foot
Michael Foot
Michael Mackintosh Foot, FRSL, PC was a British Labour Party politician, journalist and author, who was a Member of Parliament from 1945 to 1955 and from 1960 until 1992...

. He was the father of the late Paul Foot
Paul Foot
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, a journalist
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, and Oliver Foot
Oliver Foot
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, an actor
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Foot's career in the diplomatic service was long and distinguished. During the Second World War
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, he was British Military Administrator of Cyrenaica
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, 1943 then Colonial Secretary of Cyprus
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, 1943-1945. After the War, he served as Colonial Secretary of Jamaica
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, 1945–1947, Chief Secretary for Nigeria
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, 1947–1950 and Captain General and Governor in Chief of Jamaica, 1951-1957.

He returned to Cyprus as the last colonial Governor and Commander in Chief, 1957-1960. In 1961, he became British Ambassador to the United Nations Trusteeship Council. After Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson
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 won the 1964 election
United Kingdom general election, 1964
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, Foot became Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and British Ambassador to the United Nations from 1964-1970. After his retirement, he became a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University
Harvard University
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 and Princeton University
Princeton University
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Foot was created a life peer
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 as Baron Caradon, of St Cleer in the County of Cornwall, in 1964, the title referring to Caradon Hill
Caradon Hill
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 on Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor
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. Lord Caradon occupied Trematon Castle
Trematon Castle
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 as his country home.

External links

  • Entry in Encyclopaedia Britannica