Pierson Dixon

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Person.png Pierson Dixon   AmazonRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(diplomat, author)
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Born13 November 1904
Died22 April 1965 (Age 60)
Alma materPembroke College (Cambridge)
ChildrenPiers Dixon
SpouseAlexandra Atchley

Sir Pierson John Dixon was a British diplomat and writer. He was known to be a firm believer in the value of diplomacy to solve international issues.[1] This did not prevent him from defending the British position in the UN during the Suez invasion, often with direct lies.


Dixon was the Principal Private Secretary to the Foreign Secretary between 1943 and 1948. He held the post of Ambassador to Czechoslovakia (1948–1950) and he was invested as Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1950. He later held the offices of Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office (1950–1954) and Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations (1954–1960). He was involved during the Suez Crisis and Hungarian Uprising in 1956. He was invested as a Knight Grand Cross, Order of St. Michael and St. George in 1957 and served as the Ambassador to France between 1960 and 1964.

Personal life

Dixon was educated at Bedford School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. He married Alexandra Ismene Atchley in 1928 in Chelsea;[2] they had a son and two daughters. Their son, Piers, was a Conservative politician who represented Truro between 1970 and 1974 and wrote Double Diploma: The Life of Sir Pierson Dixon (1968).

Jennifer Nina Flora Mary Dixon married Peter Blaker, Baron Blaker,[3] and Ann Anastasia Corinna Helena Dixon married James Hamilton, 4th Baron Hamilton of Dalzell.[4]


  1. Johnson, Edward (25 Jun 2008). "The Diplomats' Diplomat: Sir Pierson Dixon, Ambassador to the United Nations". Contemporary British History. 13 (2): 178–198.
  2. https://wc.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=mygreshams&id=I194565
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/politics-obituaries/5770591/Lord-Blaker.html
  4. http://www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk/online/content/hamilton1886.htm