Horace Seymour was born 26 February 1885 and in 1917 he married Violet Erskine, they had three children, Hugh, Virginia and Joan.
He entered the Foreign Office and Diplomatic Service in 1908. His earliest posts included Second Secretary, Washington (1919), First Secretary, The Hague (1923), First Secretary, Rome (1925), and Principal Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1932-1936).
He was British Minister in Tehran, 1936-1939, then Assistant Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, 1939-1942 and British Ambassador to China, 1942-1946. Seymour retired in 1947. He was then a member of the Franco-Siamese Conciliation Commission Order of the Brilliant Star with a Special Cravat conferred upon Lady Seymour by the Chinese government. In 1949 he was a member of the United Nations Special Committee on the Balkans. Seymour died in 1978.
This collection consists of correspondence, papers and photographs. The collection covers the period from 1930-1981 and is made up largely of correspondence to and from Sir Horace and Lady Seymour.
These papers were deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Seymour between April 1979 and July 1981.
The papers are owned by Churchill College.