Robert Clive (diplomat)

Sir Robert Henry Clive GCMG PC (23 December 1877 – 13 May 1948), was a British diplomat.

Early life

Clive was the son of Charles Meysey Bolton Clive and the great-grandson of Edward Clive. His mother was Lady Katherine Elizabeth Mary Julia, daughter of William Feilding, 7th Earl of Denbigh. He was educated at Haileybury College and Magdalen College, Oxford.[1]

Clive married the Hon. Magdalen, daughter of Kenneth Muir Mackenzie, 1st Baron Muir-Mackenzie, in 1905. They had two sons and one daughter.[1]


Clive entered the Diplomatic Service in 1902. He was General-Consul for Bavaria between 1923 and 1924 and for Morocco between 1924 and 1926 and Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia between 1926 and 1931 and to the Holy See between 1933 and 1934.[1]

In 1935 he was appointed British Ambassador to Japan, a post he held until 1937.[2]

Clive served as British Ambassador to Belgium between 1937 and 1939. Clive was sworn of the Privy Council in 1934 and appointed a GCMG in 1937. He retired from the Diplomatic Service in 1939.[1]

Later life

Clive died in May 1948, aged 70. Lady Clive died in October 1971, aged 87.[1]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Percy Loraine, Bt
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Hoare
Preceded by
Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick
(Chargé d'Affaires)
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Holy See
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Wingfield
Preceded by
Sir Francis Lindley
British Ambassador to Japan
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Craigie
Preceded by
Sir Esmond Ovey
British Ambassador to Belgium
Succeeded by
Sir Lancelot Oliphant
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