Bede Clifford

Sir Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford GCMG CB MVO (3 July 1890 – 6 October 1969)[1][2] was a British diplomat and colonial administrator,[3] born in New Zealand, where his parents had moved in an unsuccessful attempt at sheep-farming.[4]

Bede Edmund Hugh Clifford

His parents were William Hugh Clifford, 10th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh and Catherine Mary Bassett. After New Zealand they moved to Tasmania; he did not attend a regular school until he was 10. He attended Melbourne University, then became a surveyor, then a merchant navy officer.[5]


After serving as an army captain in the Royal Fusiliers during World War I, he worked in imperial administration and diplomacy. From 1917 he was aide-de-camp, then secretary to the Governor-General of Australia, before taking the similar position in South Africa in 1921, as secretary to Prince Arthur of Connaught.[6] He was Governor of the Bahamas from 1932 to 1934,[7] and then was the 24th Governor of Mauritius from 23 October 1937 to 16 April 1942.[8] He then became Governor of Trinidad and Tobago from 1942 to 1947.[9]


He married Alice Devin Gundry in 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio. He retired to England, where he died. One of their daughters, Anne Frances May Clifford, married John Julius Norwich and is the mother of the historian Artemis Cooper.

Another daughter, Patricia David Pandora, married Timothy Angus Jones, son of Sir Roderick Jones and Enid Bagnold, and was the mother of Annabel Jones and the grandmother of Samantha Cameron, wife of the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron.[10]


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  3. ^ ‘CLIFFORD, Captain Hon. Sir Bede Edmund Hugh’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2014
  4. ^ Fuller bio than here
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  6. ^ Fuller bio than here
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  10. ^ Burke's Peerage, vol. 1 (1999), p. 131; Melonie Clarke, Helena Gumley-Mason, ”Samantha Cameron's Sari Diplomacy” in The Lady, 26 November 2013, archived here
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles William James Orr
Governor of the Bahamas
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Dundas
Preceded by
Sir Wilfrid Edward Francis Jackson
Governor of Mauritius
Succeeded by
Sir Donald Mackenzie-Kennedy
Preceded by
Sir Hubert Winthrop Young
Governor of Trinidad and Tobago
Succeeded by
Sir John Valentine Wistar Shaw