William Barrington (diplomat)

Sir William Augustus Curzon Barrington KCMG (28 January 1842 – 23 February 1922[1]) was a British diplomat.


Born at Beckett Hall in Berkshire, he was the third son of William Barrington, 6th Viscount Barrington and his wife Jane Elizabeth, fourth daughter of Thomas Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth.[2] His older brothers were George Barrington, 7th Viscount Barrington and Percy Barrington, 8th Viscount Barrington.[3] Having been previously in private schools in Cheam and in Woolwich, Barrington received his further education in Germany, in schools at Mannheim and at Bonn.[4]

Diplomatic careerEdit

Barrington joined the Diplomatic Service in 1860.[4] After four years he was promoted to a 3rd secretary[5] and in 1870 to a 2nd secretary.[6] He was sent as secretary of legation to Buenos Aires in 1883[7] and was transferred to Budapest as consul-general two years later.[8]

Barrington arrived as secretary of embassy in Madrid in 1888[9] and exchanged to Vienna after four years.[10] In 1896, he became Envoy Extraordinary Minister Plenipotentiary to the Argentine Republic and simultaneously to the Republic of Paraguay.[11] He was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the New Year Honours list 1901,[12] and was knighted and invested as such by King Edward VII in person in February 1901.[13] In March 1902 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the King of Sweden and Norway,[14] but he did not take up the position until that Autumn; after he was received by King Edward VII in early September,[15] he arrived in Stockholm the following month. He served there until 1904.

Later lifeEdit

He was unmarried and died in 1922.[1]

Styles and HonoursEdit


  • 1842-1900: The Honourable William Barrington
  • 1901-1922: The Honourable Sir William Barrington, KCMG



  1. ^ a b Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companioage. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1923. pp. Obituary.
  2. ^ Walford, Edward (1919). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Spottiswoode, Ballantyne & Co. Ltd. p. 75.
  3. ^ Cokayne, George Edward (1916). Vicary Gibbs (ed.). The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom. vol. I. London: The St Catherine Press Ltd. pp. 434–435.
  4. ^ a b Who is Who 1914. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1914. p. 122.
  5. ^ "No. 22858". The London Gazette. 27 May 1864. p. 2766.
  6. ^ "No. 23645". The London Gazette. 16 August 1870. p. 3831.
  7. ^ "No. 25228". The London Gazette. 8 May 1883. p. 2424.
  8. ^ "No. 25549". The London Gazette. 15 January 1886. p. 215.
  9. ^ "No. 25862". The London Gazette. 2 October 1888. p. 5429.
  10. ^ "No. 26262". The London Gazette. 26 February 1892. p. 1107.
  11. ^ "No. 26714". The London Gazette. 21 February 1896. p. 1037.
  12. ^ a b "No. 27264". The London Gazette. 8 January 1901. p. 157.
  13. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36378). London. 14 February 1901. p. 6.
  14. ^ "No. 27482". The London Gazette. 14 October 1902. p. 6493.
  15. ^ "Court Circular". The Times (36874). London. 16 September 1902. p. 4.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Hon. Francis Pakenham
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the Argentine Republic
and to the Republic of Paraguay

Succeeded by
William Haggard
Preceded by
Sir Francis Pakenham
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the King of Sweden and Norway

Succeeded by
Sir Rennell Rodd