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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Furlonge
FURLONGE, Sir Geoffrey Warren (1903-1984)
Level of description
Collection (Fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes (0.02 cubic metres)


Name of creator(s)
Furlonge, Sir, Geoffrey Warren, 1903-1984, Knight
Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1903; educated at St Paul's School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge; entered Levant Consular Service, 1926; served at Casablanca, Morocco, 1928-1931; Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, 1931-1934; Beirut, Lebanon, 1934-1946; Political Officer with HM Forces in the Levant States, 1941-1946; awarded OBE, 1942; Imperial Defence College, 1947; Head of Commonwealth Liaison Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1948-1950; Head of Eastern Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1950-1951; awarded CMG, 1951; Minister (later Ambassador) to Jordan,1952-1954; Minister to Bulgaria, 1954-1956; Ambassador to Ethiopia, 1956-1959; retired and created KBE, 1960; Treasurer of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding; died 1984. Publications: The lands of Barbary (Murray, London, 1966), Palestine is my country: the story of Musa Alami (Murray, London, 1969).

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1985.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Sir Geoffrey Warren Furlonge relating to the Middle East, [1932-1983] including typescript memorandum by Furlonge entitled 'Memorandum on slavery in Saudi Arabia' [1932]; typescript account by Furlonge entitled 'The mission to Taif', Hejaz, Arabia, with eleven photographs, Jul 1934. Four letters home from Furlonge to his mother relating to Syria and the Lebanon, 1941-1944. Typescript articles by Furlonge, 1959-1977, including 'Mount Kenya', 1959; 'Anglo-Jordanian relations today', 1966; 'Palestinian diaspora', 1969; 'Algeria ten years after', 1972; 'Mauritania', 1974; 'Traditional Islamic society' [1974]; 'Notes on visit to the West Bank and Jordan', 1975; 'The future of the Spanish Sahara', 1975; 'Algeria: the next step forward' [1977]; 'The Arabia that was', 1977. Papers relating to an English Speaking Union lecture tour of North America by Furlonge, Sep-Nov 1964, including bound typescript volume listing speaking engagements, Sep-Nov 1964; typescript account entitled 'North American tour, 1964', written by Furlong, Dec 1964. Printed text of lecture by Furlonge entitled 'Jordan today', given to the Royal Central Asian Society, 8 Jun 1966, and published in the Royal Central Asian Journal , Oct 1966. Typescript draft chapters from an unpublished book on the Middle East, including chapters entitled 'Morocco', 'Spanish Sahara', 'The Nile valley', 'An antique land [Libya]', 'The Maghrib' and 'Algeria' [1965]. Four typescript draft chapters and typescript notes on the French mandated territories of Syria and the Lebanon, for an unpublished book entitled 'The liberation of the Levant', 1971. Correspondence 1971-1974, including with Sir Alec Seath Kirkbride, 1971-1972; the British Embassy, Rabat, Saudi Arabia, 1974; The Times , 1974. Typescript draft obituaries by Furlonge relating to individuals connected to the Middle East [1976-1983], including Maj Gen Seyyid Mudar Badran, Prime Minister of Jordan, 1976-1979; Sir Alec Seath Kirkbride, Diplomat, 1922-1954; Muhammad Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, 1970-1981; Khalid ibn Abd al-Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia, 1975-1982; Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini, Islamic leader of Iran, 1979-1989; Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, 1941-1979, with related correspondence with the Obituary Department, The Times , 1981.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in sections as outlined above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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Date(s) of descriptions
Oct 1999

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  • Arab-Israeli War (1967)
  • Arab-Israeli War (1973)
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • International tensions
  • Slavery
  • Social structure
  • War
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Badran, Seyyid Mudar, fl 1976-1979, Major General, Prime Minister of Jordan
  • Furlonge, Sir, Geoffrey Warren, 1903-1984, Knight, diplomat
  • Khalid Ibn Abd al-Aziz, d 1982, King of Saudi Arabia
  • Khomeini, Ayatollah Ruhollah, 1900-1989, Iranian religious and political leader
  • Kirkbride, Sir, Alec Sneath, 1897-1978, diplomat
  • Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, d 1979, Shah of Iran
  • Sadat, Mohamed Anwar, 1918-1981, President of Egypt


  • Hejaz
  • Israel, Middle East
  • Jordan, Middle East
  • Lebanon, Middle East
  • Libya
  • North Africa
  • Palestine, Middle East
  • Saudi Arabia, Gulf States, Middle East
  • Syrian AR, Middle East

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