Sara Blomfield

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Sara Louisa Blomfield (née Ryan; 1859 – 1939) was a distinguished early member of the Bahá'í Faith in the British Isles, and a supporter of the rights of children and women.[1] She became styled Lady Blomfield after her husband was knighted in 1889.

Blomfield was born in Ireland and spent much of her adult life in London. She was married to the noted Victorian era architect Arthur Blomfield, son of the Charles Blomfield, Bishop of London. An accomplished writer and humanitarian, Blomfield assisted in founding the Save the Children Fund[2] and was a supporter of the adoption of the Geneva Declaration of the Rights of the Child by the League of Nations.[1]

Blomfield joined the Bahá'í Faith in 1907[3] and soon became one of its outstanding proponents and historians. During the visit of 'Abdu'l-Baha to Paris, she took copious notes of his public meetings which were used in preparing the volume called "Paris Talks". As a tribute to her, 'Abdu'l-Baha bestowed upon her the name "Sitárih Khanum" (in Persian, "sitárih" means "star", and "khanum" means "lady"). After the passing of 'Abdu'l-Baha in 1921, Blomfield traveled to Haifa and, while there, interviewed members of Baha'u'llah's family. Those recorded recollections, together with her account of the days when she hosted 'Abdu'l-Baha in London, make up the contents of her book, "The Chosen Highway."[1]


  • Blomfield, Lady (1975) [1956]. The Chosen Highway. London, UK: Bahá'í Publishing Trust. ISBN 978-0-85398-509–9. 
  • The Passing of 'Abdu'l-Bahá, coauthored with Shoghi Effendi.
  • Blomfield's copious notes are the basis of much of Paris Talks.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Memorial to a shining star London, United Kingdom, 10 August 2003 (BWNS)
  2. ^ "The First Obligation - Lady Blomfield and the Save the Children Fund". Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ "U.K. Bahá'í Heritage Site: A Memorial To Lady Blomfield". Archived from the original on 2008-11-07. 

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