Burke Trend, Baron Trend

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Burke Frederick St John Trend, Baron Trend, GCB, CVO, PC (2 January 1914 – 21 July 1987)[1] was a British civil servant and later Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford.

Trend was educated at Whitgift School and Merton College, Oxford, where he took first class honours in Classics.[2] He then joined the Civil Service, spending most of his career in the Treasury. He became Cabinet Secretary under both Harold Wilson and Ted Heath between 1963 and 1973.

Trend was appointed a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the 1953 Coronation Honours.[2][3] He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 1955 New Year Honours,[2][4] promoted to Knight Commander (KCB) in the 1962 Birthday Honours[2][5] and a Knight Grand Cross in the 1968 New Year Honours.[6] On 7 March 1974 he was created a life peer as Baron Trend, of Greenwich in Greater London.[7]

He led an investigation in the 1970s into allegations of penetration of the British Secret Services from before World War II until the 1960s. His conclusion was that there was insufficient evidence to support the allegations. Peter Wright in his memoirs, Spycatcher, discusses Trend and his report.[8]

Trend married Patricia Charlotte Shaw in 1949; they had three children.[2] One son, Michael Trend, was a Member of Parliament(Conservative) from 1992 to 2005.

Coat of arms of Burke Trend, Baron Trend
Upon a wreath Azure and Vert two martlets respectant supporting between their beaks Or a torch Sable inflamed Proper.
Tierced per pale Azure Argent and Vert three piles one issuing from the dexter and two from the sinister Or each charged with an estoile Azure.
Two cats Ermine each gorged with a collar Or charged with six estoiles (three manifest) Azure.
Ardi Contento Etaoi [9]


  1. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "Burke St John Trend, Baron Trend". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
  2. ^ a b c d e Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 239.
  3. ^ "No. 39863". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 June 1953. p. 2947.
  4. ^ "No. 40366". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1955. p. 4.
  5. ^ "No. 42683". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1962. p. 4309.
  6. ^ "No. 44484". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1968. p. 3.
  7. ^ "No. 46231". The London Gazette. 11 March 1974. p. 3167.
  8. ^ Peter Wright, Spycatcher. Viking Adult, 1987. ISBN 978-0-670-82055-9.
  9. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 1985.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Norman Brook
Cabinet Secretary
Succeeded by
Sir John Hunt
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Walter Fraser Oakeshott
Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Vivian H. H. Green