Peter Alexander Rupert Carington was born, 6 June 1919, the son of the 5th Baron Carrington and the Honourable Sibyl Marion Colville. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He married Iona McClean in 1942, with whom he has one son and two daughters.
He succeeded his father in 1938 and took his seat as a member of the House of Lords in 1940. During the Second World War he served as a Major in the Grenadier Guards.
After the war, he became involved in politics and held the posts of Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, 1951-4, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, 1954-6. He was appointed High Commissioner to Australia, 1956-9. On his return, he served as First Lord of the Admiralty, 1959-63, and Minister without Portfolio and Leader of the House of Lords, 1963-4. He was Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, 1964-70. He then became Defence Secretary, 1970-4, and Secretary of State for Energy, 1974, and also held the post of Chairman of the Conservative Party, 1972-4. He was again Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, 1974-9. He was Foreign Secretary, 1979-82.
He was Secretary-General of NATO, 1984-8. In 1999, he was created a life peer, as Baron Carington of Upton, and continues to serve as a member of the House of Lords.
He was awarded the Military Cross, 1945, and created PC, 1959, CH, 1983, KG, 1985, and GCMG, 1988. He is an honorary fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford, 1982-.
His publications include: "Reflect on Things Past" (1988).
Papers mainly comprising correspondence and photographs
The papers were transferred to Churchill Archives Centre by Lord Carrington via Christopher Lee, 2005.
Copies of this collection level description are available at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London, and on the Janus website <http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk..
This collection level description was prepared by Sophie Bridges, January 2006. Biographical information was obtained from "Who's Who" (2004) and the Wikipedia website.