Egor Egorovich Staal

Baron Egor Egorovich Staal[1] (anglicised as Georges de Staal,[2] and francised as Georges Frédéric Charles de Staal;[3] March 1822 – 22 February 1907) was a Russian diplomat, who served as ambassador to the United Kingdom from 1884 to 1902.

Caricature of Staal in Vanity Fair, 5 December 1885.

Early life and familyEdit

Staal was born in March 1822 at Reval,[3] Estonia, the son of a land-owner. He was educated privately and then at the University of Moscow.[4] After the Crimean War, he married a daughter of Prince Michael Gortschakoff.[4]

Their daughter Theela de Staal married in 1900 Count Alexis Orloff-Davidoff.[5] Her son Lieutenant-Commander Serge Orloff-Davidoff served in the British Navy and was married to Hon. Elizabeth Scott-Ellis, daughter of Thomas Scott-Ellis, 8th Baron Howard de Walden.

Diplomatic serviceEdit

Staal entered the Russian diplomatic service at the age of 23, when he joined the Asiatic Department. He was posted to Constantinople and was attached to Prince Michael Gortschakoff during the Crimean War.[4]

After the war, he was Consul-General at Budapest until 1859, when he transferred to Athens. In 1864, he became Conseiller d'Ambassade to Constantinople. In the 1870s and early 1880s, he was Minister at several German states, including Wuerttemberg, before being appointed Ambassador to the United Kingdom in 1884. He declined an offer to be Foreign Minister for Russia in 1896, owing to poor health. He submitted his letters of recall as ambassador in October 1902.[2][4] Shortly before his retirement, Edward VII received him in audience on 12 August 1902, and appointed him an honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).[6][7][8] On his return to Russia, Tsar Nicholas II appointed him a member of the Council of the Russian Empire, and a Knight of the Order of St. Andrew.[9]

He died in Paris on 22 February 1907.[4][10]


At his death, the correspondent at The Times wrote "it may be said that he had a very distinguished but uneventful career, for he gained and held with distinction one of the highest posts in the Russian diplomatic service without having ever taken a decisive part in any negotiations of first-rate importance."[4]



  1. ^ "Staal’ Egor Egorovich", The Embassy of the Russian Federation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  2. ^ a b The London Gazette, 28 October 1902, issue 27488, p. 6803
  3. ^ a b Correspondance diplomatique de M. de Staal: 1884-1900, 1929, p. 1
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Death of Baron De Staal", The Times (London, England), 25 February 1907 (issue 38265), p. 8
  5. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36084). London. 8 March 1900. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36845). London. 13 August 1902. p. 8.
  7. ^ "No. 27467". The London Gazette. 22 August 1902. p. 5461.
  8. ^ W. M. Shaw, Knights of England, volume i, 1906, p. 425
  9. ^ "Latest intelligence - Retirement of Baron de Staal". The Times (36872). London. 13 September 1902. p. 5.
  10. ^ National Probate Calendar, 1908, p. 248


  • The London Gazette, 28 October 1902, issue 27488, p. 6803
  • W. M. Shaw, Knights of England, volume i, 1906, p. 425 (London: Sherratt and Hughes)
  • "Death of Baron De Staal", The Times (London, England), 25 February 1907 (issue 38265), p. 8
  • National Probate Calendar, 1908, p. 248 (Stall baron Georges Gueorguievitch of 53 Rue de Varenne Paris France died 22 February 1907 Administration (with Will) London 13 May to baroness Sophie Mikhailovna Staal widow. Effects £31133 5s.")

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