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Miles Wedderburn Lampson, 1st Baron Killearn, GCMG, CB, MVO, PC (24 August 1880 – 18 September 1964) was a British diplomat. The son of Norman Lampson and Helen Blackburn, he was educated at Eton College. He entered the Foreign Office in 1903.

Served as:

  • Secretary to Garter Mission, Japan, 1906
  • 2nd Secretary, Tokyo, Japan, 1908-1910
  • 2nd Secretary, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1911
  • 1st Secretary, Peking, 1916
  • Acting British High Commissioner in Siberia, 1920
  • British Minister to China, 1926-33
  • High Commissioner for Egypt and the Sudan, 1934-36
  • British Ambassador to Egypt and High Commissioner for the Sudan, 1936-46
  • Special Commissioner in Southeast Asia, 1946-48


Baron Killearn

He was created Baron in 1943.


1) Rachel Phipps (married 1912 - until her death in 1930; 1 son, 2 daughters

2) Jacqueline Aldine Leslie Castellani daughter of Sir Aldo Castellani (married 1934); 1 son, 2 daughters



With Rachel Mary Helen Phipps:

  • Graham Curtis Lampson (1919-1996), later 2nd Baron Killearn. He died leaving daughters only, the youngest Hon. Nadine Marisa Lampson being married to Sir Nicholas Bonsor, Bt.
  • The Hon. Mary Lampson
  • The Hon. Margaret Lampson

With Jacqueline Aldine Leslie Castellani:

  • Victor Miles George Aldous Lampson, later 3rd Baron Killearn; he has issue, including a son and heir apparent.
  • The Hon. Jacquetta Jean Frederica Lampson; she m. and div. the 10th Earl of St Germans, and had issue, three sons.
  • The Hon Roxana Rose Catherine Naila Lampson; married to Ian Ross, mother of six children, including the model Liberty Ross.


See also


  1. ^ a b "Pax Britannica (3rd Class)", Time, May 16, 1932.


  • The Killearn Diaries, 1934-1946 : London: Sidwick and Jackson, 1972).
  • Yapp, M.E. Politics and diplomacy in Egypt : the diaries of Sir Miles Lampson, 1935-1937 (Oxford: Published for the British Academy by Oxford University Press,1997)
  • Lord Killearn's diaries : Custodial history: In the possession of Lord Killearn, the Lampson family, Drs Trefor Evans and David Steeds of the University of Aberystwyth. Reference code:GB165-0176. Dates of creation 1926-1951. 8 boxes 25 volumes. Scope and content: 25 MS and TS volumes of diaries, 1926-51, covering his service in China, Egypt and the Sudan, and South-East Asia.
  • Cassandra Jardine. "Grande dame is still giving high society plenty of cause for gossip" The Independent, Sunday 27 January 2008. Describes the life and times of the Dowager Lady Killearn, née Jacquetta Aldine Leslie Castellani.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Percy Loraine
British High Commissioner in Egypt
Succeeded by
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New Creation
Baron Killearn
Succeeded by
Graham Lampson


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