Lilljehorn, Carl Pontus Wilhelm von

BORN 16 Mar 1758, Stockholm - DIED 24 Nov 1820, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof (Abteilung I, Grabnummer 23-24)

Carl Pontus Wilhelm von Lilljehorn was an officer in the Swedish army and a confident of King Gustav III. Together with some others he planned to assasinate the king during a masked ball in 1792. But he warned the king before the assasination took place with an anonymous note. The king didn't take it serious and he was shot in the back by Anckarström and died twelve days later. Lilljehorn was banned for life and the other plotters were executed.

Afterwards he lived at several places and after 1810 in Bonn, where he called himself Berg von Bergheim. Only shortly before his death his identity became known. The story of his life was the basis for Verdi's opera "Un ballo in maschera" (1891).


The grave of Carl Pontus Wilhelm von Lilljehorn at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (17 Mar 2022)


Lind, Georgia

Published: 29 Nov 2009
Last update: 26 Mar 2022