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Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor

Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor
Born 3 July 1843
Dundermott, County Roscommon, Ireland
Died 19 February 1908
Constantinople, Turkey
Occupation Diplomat, Ambassador
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Minna Margaret Hope-Scott
Children Eileen
Parents Patrick. A. C. O'Conor and Jane O'Conor (nee Ffrench)

The Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Roderick O'Conor, PC, GCB, GCMG (County Roscommon Ireland,1843 - Constantinople, Turkey, 19 March 1908) was a British diplomat. At his death, Sir Nicholas was the British Ambassador to Turkey.[1]

O'Conor, the youngest of three sons was born in Dundermott, County Roscommon in 1843, and was educated at Stoneyhurst College.


O'Conor's entered the diplomatic service in 1866. In his early years, he was attached to the Embassy in Berlin, achieving the rank of Third Secretary in 1870. He served as Secretary at the Hague, Madrid. Rio de Janeiro, and Paris. He was Secretary and Chargé d'Affaires at Peking and Washington, Political Agent and Consul-General in Bulgaria.[2]

Head of Mission

O'Conor's first ministerial appointment was at the was British Legation at Peking.[1]

  • 1892: In Seoul, O'Conor was the British Minister to the Empire of Korea.[3]
  • 1895: In St. Petersburg, he the Ambassador of His Britannic Majesty in the Imperial court of the Russian Czar.[4]
  • 1898: In Constantinople, he was Ambassador to the Court of the Sublime Porte of the Ottoman Empire.[1]

In 1896 O'Conor was made a Privy Counsellor

Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir Frank Lascelles
British Ambassador to Russia
1896 – 1898
Succeeded by
Charles Stewart Scott
Preceded by
Philip Currie
Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire
1898 – 1908
Succeeded by
Sir Gerard Augustus Lowther, 1st Baronet


He was married to Minna Margaret Hope-Scott, daughter of James Robert Hope-Scott, Q.C. (1812–1873) and Lady Victoria Hope-Scott (1840–1870).

In 1918, at the Brompton Oratory, his daughter Eileen married Prince Matyla Ghyka of Roumania. After World War II, the family settled in the United States.


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