Ronald William Graham

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Sir Ronald William Graham
Born (1870-07-24)24 July 1870
London, England
Died 26 January 1949(1949-01-26) (aged 78)
London, England
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Diplomat
Known for Ambassador to Italy 1921–1933

Sir Ronald William Graham GCB GCMG GCVO (24 July 1870 – 26 January 1949) was a British diplomat and the British Ambassador to Italy from 1921 to 1923.[1]

Diplomatic service

Graham was born in London 24 July 1870 the eldest son of Sir Henry John Lowndes Graham and was educated at Eton College.[1] In 1892 Graham joined the British Diplomatic Service with his first foreign post at Paris.[1] In 1902 he was promoted to a first secretary and worked at the Eastern Department of the Foreign Office before moving to Cairo as a Counsellor.[1]

After a period as Minister at the Hague in 1921 he was sworn into Privy Council and appointed Ambassador to Italy.[1] He was the British representative during the Fascist Revolution of 1922 when Benito Mussolini came to power.[1] Graham retired in November 1933 and became a trustee of the British Museum from 1937.[1]

Family life

Graham married Lady Sybil Brodrick, the daughter of the Earl of Midleton in January 1912. She died six months after Graham retired and they had no children.[1] Graham died at his home in London aged 78 in 1949.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 "Sir Ronald Graham, Ambassador To Italy 1921-1933" (Obituaries). The Times (London). Thursday, 27 January 1949. (51290), col E, p. 7.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
George Buchanan
British Ambassador to Italy
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Drummond