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Historical society learns about Stalin’s legacy

The speaker for the Arran Historical Society’s August meeting was Robert Holmes LVO. He was born and educated in Belfast, and joined the British Foreign Service, later the Diplomatic Service, in 1957 at the age of 16, one of the youngest ever appointees, writes Norma Davidson.

He served in Moscow and Budapest in the depths of the Cold War, and afterwards in Santiago, Bonn, Tonga, Oslo, Chicago and Madrid. In 1988 the Queen appointed him a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order (LVO). After retiring in 1994 with the rank of first secretary he did work with the University of Glasgow and consultancy work. He and his wife now live in Houston, Renfrewshire.

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