|Devawongse Varopakarn (เทวะวงศ์ วโรปการ)
Name of a son of
Mongkut (fig.), whose name is also transliterated Thewawong Waropakan. He was the 42nd child of King Mongkut, with his
consort Princess Piyamawadi (ปิยมาวดี), who in total had six children
with King Rama IV, who himself was father to
82 children with 35 wives.
Hence, Prince Devawongse
is the older full brother of
Phongsri (fig.), who later all
three became Queen Consorts of King
i.e. another son of King Mongkut with
thus his half-brother.
Prince Devawongse was the second foreign minister of
Period. He was born on 27 November
1858 and at birth given the name Prince Devan Uthayawongse (เทวัญ
อุไทยวงศ์), which is more correctly also transliterated Thewan Uthaiwong.
he began his public service career at the Audit Office in 1875. He
concurrently served as Assistant Principal Private Secretary for Foreign
Affairs to his half-brother, King
In 1878, he became the Principal Private Secretary and concurrently
Comptroller General in the Treasury. In 1885,
after his predecessor,
Phanuwong Mahakosathibodih (ภาณุวงศ์ มหาโกษาธิบดี),
had requested the King to be relieved of his post due to ill health,
Prince Devawongse was appointed Minister
of Foreign Affairs, a position then known as
Senabodi (เสนาบดี) and
initially with offices in
Saranrom Palace (fig.).
Prince Devawongse passed away in Bangkok on 28 June 1923, aged
64. He had 40 children and 7 wives, and held the royal title of
In recognition of his long and extensive contribution to the Thai
diplomatic service, he has been given the designation
Father of Thai Diplomacy.