Urquhart, David(ûr`kərt), 1805–77, British diplomat and writer. He served (1831–37) in various diplomatic capacities in Constantinople but was recalled because of his hostility to Russia. Subsequently in Parliament (1847–52) and through the press he attacked the British government's Middle Eastern policies, deprecating the interference in Turkey's domestic affairs before the Crimean War. As vehicles for his views, Urquhart founded the Portfolio (1835) and the Free Press (1855; called the Diplomatic Review after 1866). His numerous writings include England, France, and Turkey (1834) and The Crisis (1840).
See biography by G. Robinson (1920, repr. 1970).
Born 1805 in Braelangwell, Cromarty, Scotland; died May 16, 1877, in Naples. British political figure and diplomat.
Urquhart served as a diplomat in Turkey from 1831 to 1837. He published a series of journals in the 1830’s dealing with questions of foreign policy and diplomacy. From 1847 to 1852, Urquhart was a Tory member of the House of Commons. He continually attacked Russian foreign policy and accused Lord Palmerston and a number of other British state figures of plotting with Russia. Urquhart was the author of several works on Turkish history.