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Peter Campbell Scarlett

Peter Campbell Scarlett CB, DL (27 November 1804 – 15 July 1881),[1] styled The Honourable from 1830, was a British diplomat.


  • Background 1
  • Career 2
  • Family 3
  • Works 4
  • References 5


Scarlett was the youngest child of James Scarlett, 1st Baron Abinger and his wife Louise Henrietta Campbell, daughter of Peter Campbell.[2] His older brother was Robert Scarlett, 2nd Baron Abinger and his older sister Mary Campbell, 1st Baroness Stratheden.[2] He was educated at Eton College.[3]


Scarlett served successively as attaché at the British embassys in Constantinople from 1825, then in Paris from 1828 and finally Rio de Janeiro from 1834.[3] He was sent to Florence as secretary of legation in 1844, later acting as chargé d'affaires.[4] In 1854, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the Bath[5] and was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Brazil in the end of 1855.[6] Despite his stay abroad, Scarlett received a commission as Deputy Lieutenant for Surrey in the following year.[7]

After three years in Brazil, he was transferred in December 1858 as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Grand Duke of Tuscany until 1859, when following the occupation by Kingdom of Sardinia, the grand duchy was abolished.[8] Scarlett became Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the King of Greece in 1862, a post he held for the next two years.[9] In 1864, he was nominated Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of Mexico and retired in 1867.[10]


He married firstly Frances Sophia Mostyn, second daughter of Edmund Lomax on 22 May 1843 and had by her two sons and a daughter.[11] She died in 1849 and Scarlett remarried Louisa Anne, daughter of James Murray, Lord Cringletie, and widow of Edward Jeannin, on 27 December 1873.[11] This second marriage was childless.[12] Scarlett died at London in 1881 and was survived by his wife until 1900.[12]


  • South America and the Pacific; Comprising a Journey Across the Pampas and the Andes, from Buenos Ayres to Valparaiso, Lima, and Panama; with Remarks upon the Isthmus. To which are Annexed Plans and Statements for Establishing Steam Navigation on the Pacific; (1838)
  • A Memoir Of The Right Honorable James, First Lord Abinger, Chief Baron Of Her Majesty's Court Of Exchequer; (1877)


  1. ^ "Death of Peter Campbell Scarlett, C.B." (PDF). New York Times. 18 July 1881. Retrieved 11 January 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Lodge, Edmund (1859). The Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (28th ed.). London: Hurst and Blackett. pp. 7–8. 
  3. ^ a b Walford, Edward (1860). The County Families of the United Kingdom. London: Robert Hardwicke. p. 569. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 20332. p. 1154. 5 April 1844. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21596. p. 2899. 22 September 1854. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21833. p. 2. 1 January 1856. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 21853. p. 698. 26 February 1856. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22209. p. 5415. 14 December 1858. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22635. p. 3097. 17 June 1862. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 22910. p. 5309. 11 November 1864. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  11. ^ a b "ThePeerage - Hon. Peter Campbell Scarlett". Retrieved 8 January 2007. 
  12. ^ a b Burke, John (2001). Peter de Vere Beauclerk-Dewar, ed. Burke's Landed Gentry of Great Britain. p. 1085.  
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Henry Francis Howard
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the Emperor of Brazil

1855 – 1858
Succeeded by
Hon. Francis Reginald Forbes
Preceded by
The Lord Lyons
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the Grand Duke of Tuscany

1858 – 1859
Post abolished
Preceded by
Thomas Wyse
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the King of Greece

1862 – 1864
Succeeded by
Hon. Edward Erskine
Preceded by
Charles Lennox Wyke
Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
to the Emperor of Mexico

1864 – 1867
No diplomatic relations after end of
French intervention in Mexico
Title next held by
Sir Spenser St John
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