Augustus Bampfylde, 2nd Baron Poltimore

The Right Honourable
The Lord Poltimore
Treasurer of the Household
In office
1 March 1872  17 February 1874
Monarch Queen Victoria
Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone
Preceded by The Lord de Tabley
Succeeded by The Lord Monson
Personal details
Born 12 April 1837
Died 3 May 1908 (1908-05-04) (aged 71)
Nationality British
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Florence Brinsley Sheridan
(d. 1909)

Augustus Frederick George Warwick Bampfylde, 2nd Baron Poltimore PC DL (12 April 1837–3 May 1908), styled The Honourable Augustus Bampfylde until 1858, of Poltimore House and North Molton in Devon, was a British Liberal politician. Between 1872 and 1874 he served as Treasurer of the Household to Queen Victoria, under William Ewart Gladstone.


Bampfylde was the son and heir of George Bampfylde, 1st Baron Poltimore,[1] by his second wife Caroline Buller, daughter of General Frederick William Buller.


Bampfylde succeeded his father in the barony in 1858.[1] He sat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords and served in the first Liberal administration of William Ewart Gladstone as Treasurer of the Household from 1872[2] to 1874.[3] In 1872 he was sworn of the Privy Council.[4]

Marriage & progeny

Lady Poltimore wearing her peeress robes and the Poltimore Tiara

In 1858 Lord Poltimore married Florence Sara Wilhelmine Brinsley Sheridan (d. February 1909[1]), daughter of Richard Brinsley Sheridan, MP, of Frampton Court. By her he had progeny including:

Poltimore Tiara

Florence, Lady Poltimore had a diamond tiara made for her by Garrards of London in the 1870s, later known as the Poltimore Tiara.[5] It was sold at auction by the 4th Baron for £5,500. It was made famous after having been worn by HRH Princess Margaret at her wedding in 1960 in Westminster Abbey, having been purchased for her shortly beforehand. After the Princess' death, it was sold at auction in 2006 at Christie's, by her children Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah Chatto,[6] for £926,400 ($1,704,576). It can be converted into a necklace and brooches.[7]

Death & burial

He died in May 1908, aged 71.


  1. 1 2 3 4 Augustus Frederick George Warwick Bampfylde, 2nd Baron Poltimore
  2. The London Gazette: no. 23837. p. 1312. 5 March 1872.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 24053. p. 135. 13 January 1874.
  4. The London Gazette: no. 23842. p. 1550. 22 March 1872.
  6. Helen Molesworth, Property from the Collection of Her Royal Highness The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. Christie's Auction House, Jewellery Department, London, 2006, Auction of the Property of HRH Princess Margaret
  7. "The Poltimore Tiara". Christie's Auction House. Retrieved September 8, 2014.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord de Tabley
Treasurer of the Household
Succeeded by
The Lord Monson
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Warwick Bampfylde
Baron Poltimore
Succeeded by
Coplestone Bampfylde
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