John Tufton, 2nd Baron Hothfield

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John Sackville Richard Tufton, 2nd Baron Hothfield, DSO (8 November 1873 – 21 December 1952) was a British Army officer, farmer and land owner, and an English first-class cricketer active 1897–99 who played for Kent. He was born in Ashford, and died in Bayswater.[1] He succeeded to his title as the 2nd Lord Hothfield in 1926.[2]

Tufton was born on 8 November 1873 the eldest son of Henry Tufton, 1st Baron Hothfield, and was educated at Eton College.[3] He was appointed a second lieutenant in the 1st Life Guards, but resigned from active duty and took a Militia position in the 3rd Battalion of The Royal Sussex Regiment.[4] Promoted to captain on 18 August 1900, he again saw active service with the regiment in the Second Boer War in South Africa. Following the end of that war, he returned with most of his battalion on the SS Dominion, arriving in Southampton in September 1902.[5] He again served during the First World War, and was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO).[3]

He inherited his father's estates in Yorkshire and Westmorland and his father's love of farming.[3] He was twice Mayor of Appleby before the Second World War.[3] In 1947 he had to sell most of land and property mainly to his tenants.[3]

Family life[edit]

Tufton was a keen amateur cricketer and lawn-tennis player.[3] He married Lady Irene Hastings in 1896 and had two sons and two daughters.[3] Following the death of his wife he married Sybil Augusta Sant.[3] His second wife died in 1950 and Tufton died on 21 December 1952 at his home in London.[3]


  1. ^ "John Tufton". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  2. ^ John Tufton at CricketArchive
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Lord Hothfield - Interest in Agriculture". The Times (57201). London. 22 December 1922. p. 8.
  4. ^ Hart′s Army list, 1903
  5. ^ "The Army in South Africa - Troops returning home". The Times (36857). London. 27 August 1902. p. 6.