List of ambassadors of the United Kingdom to Kuwait

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The Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Kuwait is the United Kingdom's foremost diplomatic representative in the State of Kuwait, and head of the UK's diplomatic mission in Kuwait. The official title is Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.

The Sheikhdom of Kuwait became a British protectorate in 1899 after an agreement was signed between Sheikh Mubarak Al-Sabah and the British government in India, due to severe threats to Kuwait's independence from the Ottoman Empire. The British government was represented by Political Agents who were appointed by the Indian Political Service until 1948, then by the Foreign Office. In 1961 Kuwait became independent and the last political agent, John Richmond, became the first British ambassador to Kuwait.

Heads of mission

Native Agent

  • 1899–1904: Haji Ali bin Mulla Ghulam Bisa[1]

Political Agent

  • 1904–1909: Stuart Knox
  • 1909–1914: William Shakespear
  • 1914–1916: William Grey
  • 1916–1918: Robert Hamilton
  • Mar–Sep 1918: Percy Loch (1887–1953)
  • 1918–1920: Daniel McCollum
  • 1920–1929: James More
  • 1929–1936: Harold Dickson
  • 1936–1939: Gerald de Gaury
  • 1939–1941: Arnold Galloway (1901–1988)
  • May–Aug 1941: Harold Dickson
  • 1941–1943: Tom Hickinbotham (1903–1983)
  • 1943–1944: Cornelius Pelly
  • 1944–1945: Gordon Jackson
  • 1945–1946: Maurice Tandy (1912–1986)
  • Mar–May 1946: Richard Bird
  • 1946–1948: Maurice Tandy
  • 1947–1951: Herbert George Jakins
  • 1951–1955: Cornelius Pelly
  • 1955–1957: Gawain Bell
  • 1957–1959: Aubrey Halford-MacLeod
  • 1959–1961: John Richmond


Michael Davenport current ambassador to the Kuwait


  • HM political agents & ambassadors in Kuwait, British Embassy Kuwait via
  • Rich, Paul John, Creating the Arabian Gulf: The British Raj and the Invasions of the Gulf, Rowman & Littlefield, 2009, page 197
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  2. ^ "Matthew Lodge".
  3. ^ "Kuwaiti FM receives new envoys' credentials". Kuwait News Agency. 24 September 2017.
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