Patrick Fairweather

Sir Patrick Fairweather KCMG (born 17 June 1936) is a British retired diplomat. He served as Ambassador to Angola from 1985 to 1987 and Ambassador to Italy and concurrently Albania from 1992 to 1996. He was director of the Butrint Foundation which was concerned with the archaeology and conservation of the classical site of Butrint in southern Albania from 1997 until 2004.


Fairweather, the son of John George Fairweather and Dorothy Jane (née Boanas), was educated at Ottershaw School in Surrey and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in history. He married Maria (née Merica) in 1962 and the couple have two daughters.[1] Maria died in 2010, having completed biographies of Princess Volkonsky (1999) and Madame de Staël (2005).[2]


After National Service ( 1955-57 ) in the Royal Marines and Parachute Regiment [1] and a brief spell in advertising, Fairweather entered Diplomatic Service in 1965. He served as 2nd Secretary in Rome from 1966 to 1969 and 1st Secretary ( Economic) in Paris from 1970 to 1973.[1]

In 1975, Fairweather was posted to Vientiane ( Laos ) as 1st Secretary and Head of Chancery . In late 1976 after the Communist takeover of Laos and the subsequent downgrading of the embassy , he was appointed 1st secretary in the trade section of the UK Representation to the European Economic Community (EEC) in Brussels. In August 1978 he moved to Athens as Economic and Commercial Counsellor. In January 1983 Fairweather returned to London as Head of European Community Department (Internal) of the FCO.[1]

In October 1985 Fairweather took over as Ambassador to Angola ( and concurrently Sao Tome ) . His colleague Robin Renwick later wrote that during his two-year term in Angola he "served as the indispensable channel of communications for the Americans".[3] In late 1987, he became Assistant Under-Secretary of State of the FCO for Africa and was promoted Deputy Under-Secretary for the Middle East and Africa in September 1990. In June 1992 [4]he was appointed Ambassador to Italy ( and concurrently Albania). He left Rome on retirement in June 1996.[5][6]

After leaving the Diplomatic Service, Fairweather was appointed Senior Adviser at the investment banking arm of Schroders Bank ( merged with Citibank in 2000 ). He also served as the first director of the Butrint Foundation,[7] which concerned itself with the archaeology and conservation of the archaeological site of Butrint in southern Albania from 1997 until 2004.[6][8][9]


  1. ^ a b c d FAIRWEATHER, Sir Patrick (Stanislaus). "Who's Who 2014". A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Times obituary,
  3. ^ Renwick, Robin (29 January 2015). The End of Apartheid: Diary of a Revolution. Biteback Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-84954-865-6.
  4. ^ "Sir Patrick Fairweather". Retrieved 22 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Pearson, Owen (2006). Albania in the Twentieth Century, A History: Volume III: Albania as Dictatorship and Democracy, 1945–99. I.B.Tauris. p. 654. ISBN 978-1-84511-105-2.
  6. ^ a b Hodges, Richard; Bowden, William; Lako, Kosta; R. D. Andrews (2004). Byzantine Butrint: Excavations and Surveys 1994–1999. Oxbow Books for the Butrint Foundation. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-84217-158-5.
  7. ^ Hodges, Richard (2008). Rise and Fall of Byzantine Butrint. Butrint Foundation. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-9535556-7-3.
  8. ^ "Butrint preserved". The Economist. 16 August 2001. Retrieved 22 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ Esterhuyse, Willie (17 May 2012). Endgame: Secret Talks and the End of Apartheid. Tafelberg. p. 140. ISBN 978-0-624-05812-0.

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