Count Arkady Ivanovich Marcov (Mîđęîâ)
Order of A. Nevsky
|Order of St. Vladimir|
|Personal service file and Amiers peace doc.||Lazarevskoye cemetery Map|
Russian Imperial Ambassador to Paris; Acting Privy Counsellor; Knight of the Orders of St. Andrew and St. Vladimir 1st class; member of the Council of the Empire; unmarried; he had a natural daughter, Varvara, who received all the rights of a legitimate daughter. Buried at Lazarevskoye cemetery (grave #82). Original inscription including coat of arms and upper part of the grave missing. The grave of reddish marble surrounded by a metal fence with crosses, can be found close to V.A. Ratkov-Rozhnov monument.
count (6th January 1747
† 29th January 1827): Acting Privy Councillor (since 1801)
His origin is ancient noble family, from Novgorod, since end of XV century.
He graduated from Moscow University. He studied there with well-known
literary man D. I. Fonvizin. He was considered as one of the best students.
After graduation, he got work at Foreign Affairs Collegiums. In 1767
he went to Paris for diplomatic service with the Russian ambassador,
Baron O. M. Stackelberg. Later he was sent to Madrid together with his
chief. In 1771-1772 he was in position of legation-secretary in the
Russian Embassy in Warsaw. In 1774 he was assigned counselor of embassy
in the Hague and after Turkey-Russian war he was sent to Constantinople
as part of the Russian Embassy with Ambassador prince N. V. Repnin.
In 1781 he was assigned Plenipotentiary Minister to assist prince D.
A. Golitsyn in his special mission in the Hague to facilitate to establish
reconciliation between the Netherlands and England. War between these
countries had bad consequences for the international merchandise trade
of Russia. In spite of the smart ability of Marcoff in diplomatic negotiations,
he didn’t succeed in overcoming the counteractions of French diplomacy,
so the mission failed. In 1783 he was assigned as Ambassador extraordinary
and Ambassador Plenipotentiary in Stockholm. Immediately before his
departure he was sent to Paris to assist prince I. S. Buryatinskiy to
sign the peace between France and England. By this signed peace European
counties recognized the independence of the USA. Marcoff went to Italy
from Paris and then to Vienna and in 1785 went to Stockholm from S.
Petersburg. He stayed there for a half year being actively involved
in home affairs whilst keeping in touch with King’s malcontent noble
society. As a consequence of his activity, when the King of Sweden declared
the war on Russia, the Swedish army, located in Finland sent a letter
to Empress of Russia, refusing to be at war with Russia.