Rosalind Ramirez Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Rosalind Ramirez’s life and work as governess to King Faisal II of Iraq and her subsequent life, including letters from King Faisal II, letters of condolence received upon his death, and the research for and publication of a number of essays on the subject of Iraq and King Faisal II.

Administrative / Biographical History

Rosalind Cecilia Ramirez (1912-1999) Teacher and Governess

Born 12 January 1912. Educated Ramsgate, then Cheltenham Ladies’ College. Froebal teacher training course 1932-1935, taught at Repton Junior School 1940-1942. Governess to King Faisal II of Iraq 1943-1946, Governess to the sons of the Duke of Gloucester 1946-1950. School’s inspector in the Midlands 1950-1974. Died 28 September 1999.


1. Correspondence between Rosalind and friends and family

2. Newspaper clippings related to King Faisal II and Iraq

3. Photographs

4. Research and essays on Faisal II and Iraq by Rosalind Ramirez

5. Coronation and funeral of King Faisal II and the death of Rosalind Ramirez

Access Information


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Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Alison Warner, August 2007 and May 2010

Archivist's Note

Fonds, series, file and item level description created by Thomas Stanbury 8 Oct 2010. Biographical information based on the obituary of Rosalind Ramirez from The Times, 2 Feb 1999.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on copying or quotation other than statutory regulations and preservation concerns

Custodial History

In possession of Rosalind Ramirez and her family

Related Material

In Middle East Centre Archive

GB165-0064 Sir Kinahan Cornwallis – Contains order of service for memorial service for King Faisal II and General Nuri Al Said

GB165-0105 Faisal, Emir of Hijaz (later King of Iraq) – Documents relating to Faisal II’s grandfather

GB165-0171 Edward Alec Kinch – Worked in Iraq during the reign of Faisal II

GB165-0228 Stewart Henry Perowne – Correspondence with Faisal II

GB165-0261 Sir Harry Chapman Sinderson – Physician to Iraq’s Royal Family through most of the early part of Faisal II’s reign

GB165-0349 George Tod – Worked in the oil industry in Iraq during Faisal II’s reign

GB165-0291 US Department of State – Contains diplomatic documents relating to the internal affairs of Iraq during the early reign of King Faisal II

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