List of Ambassadors from the United Kingdom to Switzerland
The Ambassador from the United Kingdom to Switzerland is the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandIn the United Kingdom and Dependencies, other languages have been officially recognised as legitimate autochthonous languages under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages...

's foremost diplomatic representative
A diplomat is a person appointed by a state to conduct diplomacy with another state or international organization. The main functions of diplomats revolve around the representation and protection of the interests and nationals of the sending state, as well as the promotion of information and...

 in Switzerland
Switzerland name of one of the Swiss cantons. ; ; ; or ), in its full name the Swiss Confederation , is a federal republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities. The country is situated in Western Europe,Or Central Europe depending on the definition....

, and in charge of the UK's diplomatic mission
Diplomatic mission
A diplomatic mission is a group of people from one state or an international inter-governmental organisation present in another state to represent the sending state/organisation in the receiving state...

 in Switzerland. The official title is Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to Switzerland.

Envoys Extraordinary

  • 1689-1692: Thomas Coxe
  • 1689–1702: Philibert de Hervart, baron van Hüningen (to the Republic of Geneva only 1689-1692)
  • 1702–1705: William Aglionby extraordinary envoy
  • 1705–1714: Abraham Stanyan
    Abraham Stanyan
    Abraham Stanyan was an English politician and diplomat.After becoming a student in the Middle Temple, he served as secretary to Sir William Trumbull as Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire, and later to the Earl of Manchester as Ambassador to the Venice in 1697–1698 and then in France in 1699–1700. ...

     (also to the Grisons 1707-1714)
  • 1710 and 1715–1717: James Dayrolle Resident at Geneva
  • 1716-1722: Francis Manning (also Secretary to the Grisons at Coire 1709-1713)

Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Cantons

  • 1717-1762: Armand Louis de St. George, Comte de Marsay Minster at Geneva 1717-34; Minister Resident to the Helvetic Republic and the Grisons Leagues 1734-1739; Minster at Geneva 1739-1762
  • 1738–1743: Sir Luke Schaub (a diplomat)
  • 1743–1749: John Burnaby Minister
  • 1743-1750: Jerome de Salis
    Jerome, 2nd Count de Salis
    Jérôme de Salis, 2nd Count de Salis-Soglio was a Fellow of the Royal Society, and sometime British Resident in the Grisons...

     Envoy Extraordinary to the Grisons Leagues
  • 1750–1762: Arthur Villettes
    Arthur Villettes
    Arthur Villettes was a British diplomat who played an important role in diplomatic negotiations of the 18th century often serving as an envoy of the long-standing controller of British foreign policy the Duke of Newcastle...

  • 1762-1765: Robert Colebrooke Minister
  • 1763-1765: James, Count of Pictet Minister to the Republic of Geneva
  • 1765–1783: William Norton (but absent 1769-1776)
    • 1769-1776: Jean Gabriel Catt Chargé d'Affaires
    • 1772-1774: Isaac Pictet Chargé d'Affaires at Geneva
    • 1777-1792: Louis Braun Chargé d'Affaires
  • 1792–1795: Lord Robert Stephen Fitzgerald
  • 1795–1797: William Wickham  also Special Mission 1794-1795
  • 1797: James Talbot Chargé d'Affaires
  • 1797-1814: No diplomatic relations

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Confederated Swiss Cantons

  • 1814–1820: Stratford Canning
  • 1820–1822: William Cromwell Disbrowe
    Edward Cromwell Disbrowe
    Sir Edward Cromwell Disbrowe , Member of Parliament for Windsor , later served in the British diplomatic corps in positions in Switzerland, Russia, Sweden and other postings. He was named British Ambassador to the Netherlands, where he died at the Hague, and his body was returned to England on the...

     Chargé d'Affaires
  • 1822–1823: Henry Watkin Williams-Wynn
    Henry Watkin Williams-Wynn
    Henry Watkins William-Wynn was a British MP in the early 19th century. William-Wynn sat for Midhurst from January to May 1807....

Minister Plenipotentiary to the Confederated States of the Swiss Cantons

  • 1823–1825: Charles Richard Vaughan
    Charles Richard Vaughan
    Sir Charles Richard Vaughan, GCH, PC, was a British diplomat.Vaughan born at Leicester, the son of James Vaughan, a physician, and his wife, Hester née Smalley. His brothers were Sir Henry Halford , who dropped the family name; Sir John Vaughan , a Baron of the Exchequer; and Peter Vaughan, Warden...

  • 1825–1832: Hon. Algernon Percy
    Algernon Percy (diplomat)
    Hon. Algernon Percy , was the son of Algernon Percy, 1st Earl of Beverley and Isabella Burrell, and a diplomat, the Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Cantons, succeeding Charles Richard Vaughan.-References:...

  • 1832–1847: David Richard Morier
    • 1847: Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto
      Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto
      Gilbert Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound, 2nd Earl of Minto GCB, PC , styled as Viscount Melgund between 1813 and 1814, was a British diplomat and Whig politician.-Background and education:...

       Special Mission
    • 1847–1848: Sir Stratford CanningSpecial Mission
  • 1848–1849: Henry Wellesley, 1st Baron Cowley
    Henry Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley
    Henry Richard Charles Wellesley, 1st Earl Cowley KG GCB PC , known as The Lord Cowley between 1847 and 1857, was a British diplomat...

  • 1849–1851: Sir Edmund Lyons, 1st Bt
    Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons
    Admiral Edmund Lyons, 1st Baron Lyons, GCB, KCH was a British naval commander and diplomat who led a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, culminating with the Crimean War and his appointment as Commander of the Black Sea Fleet...

Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation

  • 1851–1852: Arthur Charles Magenis
  • 1852–1853: Andrew Buchanan
    Sir Andrew Buchanan, 1st Baronet
    Sir Andrew Buchanan, 1st Baronet, GCB was a British diplomat and baronet.-Family:Buchanan was the only son of James Buchanan of Blairvadoch, Ardinconnal, Dumbartonshire, and Janet, eldest daughter of James Sinclair, 12th Earl of Caithness.He married first, 4 April 1839, Frances Katharine, daughter...

  • 1853–1854: Hon. Charles Augustus Murray
    Charles Augustus Murray
    Sir Charles Augustus Murray was a British author and diplomat.-Background:Murray was the second son of George Murray, 5th Earl of Dunmore, and his mother was the daughter of Archibald Hamilton, 9th Duke of Hamilton...

  • 1854–1858: George John Robert Gordon
  • 1858–1867: Hon. Edward Harris

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation

  • 1867–1868: John Lumley-Savile
  • 1868-1874: Alfred Guthrie Graham Bonar

Resident Minister to the Swiss Confederation

  • 1874–1878: Edwin Corbett
  • 1878–1879: Sir Horace Rumbold, 8th Bt
  • 1879–1881: Hon. Hussey Crespigny Vivian
    Hussey Vivian, 3rd Baron Vivian
    Hussey Crespigny Vivian, 3rd Baron Vivian, GCMG, CB, DL, FRGS was a British diplomat.Born at Connaught Place, London, Vivian was the eldest son of Charles Vivian, 2nd Baron Vivian and was educated at Eton College...

Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation

  • Mar – Jul 1881: Hon. Hussey Crespigny Vivian
    Hussey Vivian, 3rd Baron Vivian
    Hussey Crespigny Vivian, 3rd Baron Vivian, GCMG, CB, DL, FRGS was a British diplomat.Born at Connaught Place, London, Vivian was the eldest son of Charles Vivian, 2nd Baron Vivian and was educated at Eton College...

  • 1881–1888: Francis Ottiwell Adams
  • 1888–1893: Charles Stewart Scott
  • 1893–1901: Frederick Robert St John
  • 1901–1905: Sir Conyngham Greene
  • 1905–1909: Sir George Francis Bonham, 2nd Bt
  • 1909–1911: Henry George Outram Bax-Ironside
  • 1911–1913: Esme William Howard
  • 1913–1919: Evelyn Mountstuart Grant Duff
  • 1919–1922: Hon. Theo William Odo Villiers Russell
  • 1922–1924: Sir Milne Cheetham
    Milne Cheetham
    Sir Joshua Milne Crompton Cheetham, KCMG was a British diplomat.Born in Preston, he was educated at Rossall School, from which he won a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. He studied classics at Oxford, after which he entered the diplomatic service...

  • 1924–1928: Howland Arthur Charles Sperling
  • 1928–1931: Claud Frederick William Russell
  • 1931–1935: Sir Howard William Kennard
  • 1935–1940: Sir George Redston Warner
  • 1940–1946: David Victor Kelly
  • 1946–1950: Thomas Maitland Snow
  • 1950–1953: Sir Patrick Stratford Scrivener

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Swiss Confederation

  • May – Dec 1953: Sir Patrick Stratford Scrivener
  • 1953–1958: Sir Lionel Henry Lamb
  • 1958–1960: Sir William Horace Montagu-Pollock
  • 1960–1964: Paul Francis Grey
  • 1964–1968: Robert Spencer Isaacson
  • 1968–1970: Henry Arthur Frederick Hohler
  • 1970–1973: Eric Atkinson Midgley
  • 1973–1976: John Richard Wraight
  • 1976–1980: Alan Keir Rothnie
  • 1980–1982: Charles Sydney Rycroft Giffard
  • 1982–1984: John Ernest Powell-Jones
  • 1984–1988: John Rich
  • 1988–1992: Christopher William Long
    Christopher William Long
    Christopher William Long, CMG is a former British diplomat. Following his retirement in 1998, Christopher Long served as director of the Oxford University Foreign Service Programme from 1999 to 2003.-Diplomatic career:...

  • 1992–1997: David Beattie
  • 1997–2001: Christopher Hulse
  • 2001–2004: Basil Eastwood
    Basil Eastwood
    Basil Eastwood is a previous British Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic and a previous British Ambassador to the Swiss Confederation . He has held posts in Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Germany and Sudan .In 1998 he co-founded Cecily's Fund, a charity that helps Zambian orphans by funding...

  • 2004–2008: Simon Featherstone
  • 2008-2009: John Nichols
  • 2009-present: Sarah Gillett
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