John Bloomfield, 2nd Baron Bloomfield

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Portrait of John Bloomfield by Thomas Lawrence, 1819

John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, 2nd Baron Bloomfield GCB PC DL (12 November 1802 – 17 August 1879) was a British peer and diplomatist.[1]


Bloomfield was the eldest son of Benjamin Bloomfield, 1st Baron Bloomfield and his wife Hariott, the oldest daughter of Thomas Douglas, of Grantham.[2]


From 1824, Bloomfield was attaché at Lisbon and was transferred as secretary of legation to Stuttgart in the following year.[1] He was sent to Stockholm in 1826 and came as secretary of embassy to St Petersburg in 1839.[1] Five years later, he was promoted to envoy.[1] In 1846, he succeeded his father as baron and in 1848, he was awarded a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB).[1]

Bloomfield was appointed ambassador to Berlin in 1851 and on this occasion was advanced to a Knight Commander (KCB).[1] In 1858, he was further honoured as a Knight Grand Cross (GCB).[1] He reached his highest post as ambassador to Vienna in 1860 and was sworn of the Privy Council.[1] On his retirement in 1871, he was created Baron Bloomfield, this time in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, which enabled him to a seat in the House of Lords.[1] He represented County Tipperary as a Deputy Lieutenant.[2]

Marriage and family[edit]

On 4 September 1845, Bloomfield had married Hon. Georgiana Liddell, the 16th and youngest child of Thomas Liddell, 1st Baron Ravensworth and a former maid of honour to Queen Victoria.[1]. The couple had no children. Lord Bloomfield had an extramarital daughter named Thecla born in 1833 by Swedish actress Emilie Högquist, and a son Albert whose birthdate is unknown. Albert was not mentioned after Emilie Högquist came under the protection of King Oscar I of Sweden. [3]


John Arthur Douglas, Lord Bloomfield died without legitimate heir in 1879 at his home, Ciamhaltha, near Newport, County Tipperary and his titles became extinct[1] [4]. Bloomfield was buried in his family's vault at Borrisnafarney parish Church, beside the Loughton Demense and Moneygall, in County Offaly. An impressive memorial exists in the church in his memory.

Bloomfield Mausoleum[edit]

The Borrisnafarney Parish Church in the Bloomfield Mausoleum, located 1.5 miles from the village of Moneygall beside the Loughton Estate in County Offaly, Ireland.

"The interior name plaques, that commemorate those who lie there, ensure that history will not forget them: they read 'Thomas Ryder Pepper 1828; Mrs Bloomfield 1828; Mrs Ryder Pepper 1841; Lieutenant General Benjamin Baron Bloomfield 1846;"


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Cokayne et al., The Complete Peerage, volume II, p.194
  2. ^ a b Dod, Robert P. (1860). The Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage of Great Britain and Ireland. London: Whitaker and Co. p. 122., (John Douglas listed in the peerage is incorrect)
  3. ^ Söderhjelm & Palmstierna in Oscar I, Bonniers, Stockholm 1944, p. 279
  4. ^ Geni record in world family tree
Court offices
Preceded by
Frederick Turner
Page of Honour
Succeeded by
Arthur Richard Wellesley
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
The Lord Stuart de Rothesay
(as Ambassador)
British Minister to Russia
1844 – 1851
Succeeded by
Sir George Seymour
Preceded by
The Earl of Westmorland
British Minister to Prussia
1851 – 1860
Succeeded by
Lord Augustus Loftus
Preceded by
Lord Augustus Loftus
British Ambassador to Austria
(Austria-Hungary from 1867)

1860 – 1871
Succeeded by
Sir Andrew Buchanan
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Benjamin Bloomfield
Baron Bloomfield
1846 – 1879
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Bloomfield
1871 – 1879