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CodeNA9447
Dates1765-1832
Person NameListon; Sir; Robert (1765-1832); Diplomat
SurnameListon
ForenamesRobert
PreTitleSir
EpithetDiplomat
ActivityRobert Liston was born in 1765 and held the position of tutor to the sons of Sir Gilbert Elliot, 3rd. Bt. of Minto, from 1771 to 1773. He also assisted Gilbert Stuart in editing 'The London Magazine'. After serving his apprenticeship as Secretary and Charge d'Affaires at the courts of Munich, Ratisbon, Berlin, Turin and Madrid, Liston was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary at Madrid in 1784. After leaving Madrid he was the British Representative at Stockholm, Constantinople, Washington, the Hague and again at Constantinople. He retired from public life in 1804 after a spell in Copenhagen, and retired to his estate, Millburn, near Kirkliston, which he and his wife Henrietta (nee Marchant, whom he married in 1796) set out to improve. He retired there again after his second tour in Constantinople in 1820. He died in 1832.
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