Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

T he life of Don­ald Ma­clean reads like a spy thriller. The Cam­bridge- ed­u­cated civil ser­vant rose to se­nior posts within the diplo­matic ser­vice in Washington and Paris be­fore be­ing un­cov­ered as a Rus­sian spy.

He was also the ‘ Third Man’ of the ‘ Cam­bridge Five’ spy ring which in­cluded Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and An­thony Blunt.

Their spy­ing for the Rus­sians cre­ated sen­sa­tional head­lines in the 1950s, 60s and 70s as de­tails of their ac­tiv­i­ties emerged.

Ma­clean and Burgess sparked an in­ter­na­tional man hunt in 1951 when they dis­ap­peared, reap­pear­ing five years later at a press con­fer­ence in Moscow.

They had de­fected, as many had sus­pected.

Philby also later de­fected while Blunt con­fessed all, in re­turn for im­mu­nity. Ma­clean left the UK to de­fect on his 38th birth­day, leav­ing be­hind his fam­ily and semide­tached house in Tats­field, Sur­rey.

The house – 2 Bea­con Shaw – which had been home to a mem­ber of the Cana­dian Air­force dur­ing the war – is now for sale.

It has four bed­rooms, four bath­rooms, three re­cep­tion rooms, a large gar­den and out­build­ings. It is for sale through Hum­berts Sevenoaks ( 01732 741212) for £ 895,000.

2 Bea­con Shaw, left, and Don Ma­clean

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