Sir Charles Johnston was educated at Winchester and at Balliol College, Oxford. He entered the diplomatic service in 1936. He was Deputy Under-Secretary of State, Foreign Office (1963—5), and High Commissioner, Australia (1965—71). With his wife he translated a volume of Turgenev, A Sportsman’s Notebook (1948). He also published several books of poems, including Towards Mozambique (1947), Estuary in Scotland (1974) and Poems and Journeys (1979), which includes a verse translation of Onegin’s Journey by Pushkin. He died in 1986.