Valentine Vivian

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Person.png Valentine Vivian  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Born17 March 1886
Kensington, England
Died15 April 1969 (Age 83)
Lymington, England

Employment.png Deputy Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service

In office
1942 - 1948
Sole holder of this position until 1943, after which time it was shared. The start and end dates of this posting are conjectured.

Family background

Valentine Vivian was born on 17 March 1886 in Kensington, London. He was the youngest of nine children of Tom Comely, portrait painter, and Elizabeth Baly Farquhar, miniature painter. His brother Sir Sylvanus Percival Vivian (1880–1958) was former Registrar General of England from 1921 to 1945.[1]

In 1911, Vivian married Mary Primrose Warlow, daughter of Edmund John Warlow, archdeacon of Lahore, India.


In 1943, Valentine Vivian's designation was changed from DCSS (Deputy Chief of the Secret Service) to Deputy Director/SP, sharing the rank of Deputy Director with 3 service appointees (John Cordeaux, Edward Beddington-Behrens & Lionel Payne).[2] He apparently did not get on well with Claude Dansey. "A senior MI6 officer" named Valentine Vivian wrote a memo to MI5 dated February 2 1948.[3]


  1. Who Was Who 1951–1960 p. 1121
  2. MI6: The History of the Secret Intelligence Service 1909-1949 p.476

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