Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Sackville
|Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States|
|Preceded by||Sir Edward Thornton|
|Succeeded by||Sir Julian Pauncefote|
|Born||19 July 1827|
|Died||3 September 1908(aged 81)|
Lionel Sackville-West, 2nd Baron Sackville, GCMG (19 July 1827 – 3 September 1908), was a British diplomat.
Sackville-West was the fourth son of George Sackville-West, 5th Earl De La Warr, by Lady Elizabeth, daughter of John Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset. He was the younger brother of George Sackville-West, Viscount Cantelupe, Charles Sackville-West, 6th Earl De La Warr and Mortimer Sackville-West, 1st Baron Sackville.
Sackville-West was Minister Plenipotentiary to Argentina from 1872 to 1878 and Ambassador to Spain from 1878 to 1881. The latter year he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, a post he held until 1888. His retirement was due to his writing of the Murchison letter. In 1888 he also succeeded his elder brother Mortimer in the barony of Sackville.
Lord Sackville had seven children by a Spanish dancer, Josefa de la Oliva (née Durán y Ortega, known as Pepita). Soon after his death one of these, calling himself Ernest Henri Jean Baptiste Sackville-West, claimed to be a lawful son and his father's heir. He asserted that between 1863 and 1867 Sackville-West had married his mother. The case came before the English courts of law in 1909–1910, and it was decided that the children of this union were all illegitimate, as Pepita's husband, Jean Antonio Gabriel de Oliva, was alive during the whole period of his wife's connection with Sackville-West. Lord Sackville died in September 1908, aged 81, and was succeeded by his nephew, Lionel, who married his cousin, Lord Sackville's daughter Victoria. They were the parents of Vita Sackville-West.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Sackville, Mortimer Sackville-West, 1st Baron". Encyclopædia Britannica. 23 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- Lee, Sidney, ed. (1912). "Sackville-West, Lionel Sackville". Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
- Matthew, H. C. G.; Sanderson, T. H. "West, Lionel Sackville Sackville-, second Baron Sackville (1827–1908)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35902. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
Hon. William Stuart
|Minister Plenipotentiary to Argentina
Austen Henry Layard
|Ambassador to Spain
Sir Robert Morier
|Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the United States
Sir Julian Pauncefote
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|