Ritchie, Charles

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Ritchie, Charles Gender: M
Charles Stewart Almon Ritchie
born on 23 September 1906 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Halifax, Nova Scotia (CAN), 44n39, 63w36
Timezone AST h4w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 29°20' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 03°15 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 24°02'


Canadian diplomat and diarist.

He joined the Department of External Affairs in 1934 eventually becoming Canada’s ambassador to West Germany (1954-1958), Permanent Representative to the United Nations (1958-1962), ambassador to the United States during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson (1962-1966), ambassador to the North Atlantic Council (1966-1967) and from 1967 to 1971 was Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in London.

While Ritchie's career as a diplomat marked him as an important person in the history of Canadian foreign relations, he became famous through the publication of his diaries, first The Siren Years, and then three follow-ups. The diaries document both his diplomatic career and his private life, including his love affair with the Anglo-Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen.

In 1969 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. He died on June 7, 1995.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Diplomatic Passport: More Undiplomatic Diaries, 1946-1962" by Charles Ritchie (1981), p. 120: "November 18, 1956 — Cologne: Three o'clock on Sunday afternoon, the hour of my birth and always the lowest point in the week for me."


  • Vocation : Politics : Diplomat
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (Diarist)