Birth: 15 January 1771
Place or Registered Place of Birth: St. James, Westminster
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 26 July 1840 - Aged 70
Place or Registered Place of Death: Grosvenor Street, London
Date of Burial: 1 August 1840
Place of Burial: Kensal Green Cemetery, London
Father: Henry Bayly Paget
Mother: Jane Champagné
Spouse(s): Augusta Jane Fane
Date of Marriage: 16 February 1809
Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Heckfield, Hampshire
Leopoldine Augusta Jane Paget (1809-1812)
Stewart Henry Paget (1811-1869)
Julia Paget (1814-1830)
Laura Caroline Jane Paget (1815-1871)
Cecil Augustus Paget (1819-1838)
Amelius Paget (1821-1843)
Augustus Berkeley Paget (1823-1896)
Rosa Maria Paget (1825-1900)
Agnes Charlotte Paget (1830-1858)
Oxford University Alumni
Paget, Hon. Sir Arthur (G.C.B.), s. Henry, Earl of Uxbridge. Christ Church, matric, 8 June, 1787, aged 17; entered the diplomatic service in 1791, ambassador to the Sublime Port 1807, privy councillor, etc., M.P. Anglesey 1794-1807, etc., groom of the bedchamber, died 26 July, 1840.
The Gentleman's Magazine - 1798
Gazette and Civil Promotions
Downing Street, May 22. Hon. Arthur Paget, appointed His Majesty's envoy-extraordinary to the Elector Palantine, and minister to the Diet of Ratisbou.
Sir Arthur Paget seduced the married Lady Boringdon (Augusta Jane Fane) in 1808 and married her after the divorce was finalized, just in time to legitimize the birth of their child.
Arthur and Augusta had issue.
The third son, the Right Hon. Sir Arthur Paget, G.C.B., was born 1771, and educated at Westminster and Christ Church, Oxford. He entered the Diplomatic Service in 1792. His distinguished career, during which he was Envoy and Ambassador at several of the European Courts, being Ambassador at Vienna during the campaign of Austerlitz, is set forth at length in the "Paget Papers," edited by his distinguished son, Sir Augustus Paget, who was also a diplomatist and Ambassador at Rome and Vienna. It is interesting to note also that Sir Ralph Paget, who at this critical time (November 1912) is British Minister at the Servian Court, is a son of Sir Augustus Paget. This past summer (1912) I visited King Henry VII's Chapel in Westminster Abbey, in order to see the stall into which Sir Arthur Paget, as a Knight of the Bath, was solemnly inducted, on the same occasion as Sir Arthur Wellesley, in 1812. His banner, bearing his name, is in very good preservation, and hangs in front of his stall, which is the second beyond the wooden steps on the right-hand side. On the back of the stall immediately below Sir Arthur's, are the three coats of arms, and the names of his three younger brothers, Edward, Charles, and Berkeley, who acted as his esquires at the Installation.
PAGET, SIR ARTHUR (1771-1840), diplomatist, second son of Henry Bayly Paget, first earl of Uxbridge of the second creation, by Jane, eldest daughter of the Very Rev. Arthur Champagne, dean of Clonmacnoise, was born on 15 Jan. 1771. He entered Westminster School on 1 April 1780, was elected on to the foundation in 1783, and thence to Christ Church, Oxford, whence he matriculated on 8 June 1787, but took no degree. In 1791 he entered the diplomatic service, and on 22 Nov. 1794 was returned to parliament for Anglesey, which he continued nominally to represent until 1807. On the abandonment by Prussia of the defence of Holland, July 1794, he was despatched to Berlin as envoy extraordinary to recall King Frederick William to a sense of his obligations. His conduct of this delicate mission is commended by Lord Malmesbury (Diaries, iii. 130, 148, 184, 199). Obtaining no satisfactory assurances from the king, he withdrew to Pyrmont about Christmas, and, on the passage of the Waal by the French, returned to England by way of Brunswick and Holland. Some letters from him to the Countess of Lichtenau, written during this perilous journey, in which, as a last resource, he implores her to use her influence with the king on behalf of the Dutch, are printed in 'Apologie der Grafin von Lichtenau,' 2te Abth., 1808, pp. 241-51. Paget was accredited successively envoy extraordinary to the elector palatine, and minister to the diet of Ratisbon, 22 May 1798, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the court of Naples, 17 Jan. 1800, and to that of Vienna, 21 Aug. 1801 . His despatches from Vienna, July 1802, after Bonaparte's reorganisation of the smaller German states, contained a remarkable prediction of the eventual acquisition by Prussia of the hegemony of Germany. In 1805 he contributed materially to the formation of the third coalition against France, and reported its total discomfiture by the battle of Austerlitz, 2 Dec. 1805. His gloomy despatch on the day after the battle is said to have contributed to the ' death of Pitt (Yonge, Life of the Second Earl of Liverpool, i. 78, 205). Recalled in February 1806, he was accredited, 15 May 1807, ambassador to the Ottoman Porte. On , the signature of the peace of Tilsit on 7 July following, he apprised the Sultan of the secret article by which the provisions in favour of Turkey were rendered nugatory, and exhausted the resources of suasion and j menace, even bringing the British fleet into the Dardanelles, in the endeavour to detach the Porte from the French alliance. In this, however, he failed. In May 1809 he was recalled, and retired on a pension of 2,000.
Paget was sworn of the privy council on 4 Jan. 1804, and nominated on 21 May following K.B. His installation in the order took place on 1 June 1812, and on 2 Jan. 1815 he was made G.C.B. He died at his house in Grosvenor Street on 26 July 1840, and was buried in Kensal Green cemetery on 1 Aug.
Paget married at Heckfield, Hampshire, on 16 Feb. 1809, Lady Augusta Jane Vane, second daughter of John, tenth earl of Westmorland, within two days of her divorce from John, second baron Boringdon, afterwards earl of Morley. By her he had several children who survived him.
The Gentleman's Magazine - 1809
16. At Hockfield, Hants, the Hon. Sir Arthur Paget, K.B. to Lady Augusta Fane, second daughter of the Earl of Westmoreland, and late wife of Lord Borington, from whom she was divorced by an Act of Parliament which received the Royal Assent on the 14th instant. (Two days earlier)
The Sporting Magazine - 1808
Disputes Between Gentlemen
On Points of Honour, &c.
?rim. Con.-Sir Arthur Paget having suffered judgment to go by default, in an action brought against him in the Court of King's Bench by Lord Boringdon, for Crim. Con, with Lady Boringdon, the assessment of damages took place before the Sheriffs Deputy, Mr. Burchell, and a Special Jury, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, at the office of the Sheriff of Middlesex.-Sir Arthur Paget is second son of the Earl of Uxbridge; Lady Boringdon, the second daughter of the Earl of Westmoreland.-At the time of Lord Boringdon's marriage he was thirty-two years of age; his wife, then Lady Augusta Fane, eighteen. After the statement of the dishonourable conduct of the defendant in the seduction of the plaintiffs wife, a number of witnesses were called, to prove the happy state in which Lord and Lady Boringdon lived, previous to Sir Arthur's becoming acquainted with the family; among these were, Lord Amherst, the Hon. George Villiers, who married Lady Boringdon's sister, Doctor Vaughan, Sir Wm. Elford, and particularly the Rev. Mr. Hayne, the Minister of Plympton, and Chaplain to Lord B. at Saltram, who spoke to Lord and Lady Boringdon's regular attendance at divine worship for three years, and to the perfect harmony and happiness that subsisted. Lord B. he said, was uniformly a kind and indulgent husband-Lady ?. a tender and affectionate wife.
Mr. Parke was Counsel for Lord Boringdon, and Mr. Garrow for Sir Arthur. The latter made a defence almost as bad as his client's cause. He concluded his speech, by representing the defendant in no condition to pay large damages, and insisted it was a case that did not require them; but whether so or not, Mr. Burchell summed up the evidence, and the Jury found for the plaintiff - Damages, Ten Thousand Pounds.
The Annual Register and Chronicle - 1808
Law Report.-Sheriff's Court, Bedford.row, Tuesday, July 19. Crim. Con, Lord Boringdon v. Sir A. Paget.-An inquisition to assess damages in the above action, was held this day before Mr. Burchall, the deputy-sheriff of Middlesex. The action was brought by the noble lord, the plaintiff, against sir A. Paget, for criminal conversation with lady Boringdon, and the defendant had first pleaded the general issue; afterwards he withdrew that plea, and suffered judgment to go by default.
Mr. Parke, on the part of the plaintiff, addressed the jury:-He stated that the noble plaintiff was a person of the highest rank, who complained against the defendant for one of the greatest injuries which a man could suffer in civil society. The defendant was also a person of high rank, and was the second son of a noble family, and had been entrusted by his sovereign with high official situations. The plaintiff and defendant had been at college together, and were co-students on the same foundation, which was a circumstance, as he thought, of great aggravation. The lady to whom the plaintiff was united, was the second daughter of the earl of Westmoreland, who, at a very early age, attracted the affections of the plaintiff. He became acquainted with her in the month of May, 1804, and in the June following they were married ; the lady at that time not being much more than eighteen years of age. They continued to live together in a state of the utmost harmony and felicity, as he should prove by many witnesses of the highest respectability, until the period when her affections were seduced by the artifices of the defendant. When, or at what period the criminal intercourse took place, he was not prepared to prove; but it was remarked, that lately Sir Arthur Paget was very constant in his visits to the lady, and those visits were always when the plaintiff was from home. His lordship was in the habit of strictly attending to his parliamentary duties; and as soon as he had left the house, the defendant came there; so that he must absolutely have been upon the watch, to avail himself of the moment of his lordship's absence. Lady Boringdon was also in the habit of going to Kensington, gardens in the morning, and sir Arthur Paget as regularly met her there; and as soon as they met, she parted from her nurse and her child, and walked away in private with the defendant. This intercourse continued for some time before it came to the knowledge of the plaintiff; but at last he received an intimation of the frequency of the defendant's visits during his absence, which induced him at length to mention the fact to the lady, and enquire into the occasion of them. The result of this was, that on the next day, the 10th of May, the lady quitted her husband's house, and had from that time been living under the protection of the defendant. The province of the jury now was, to determine what damage they would give the plaintiff, as a recompense for the injury sustained. He asked not vindictive damages, for he admitted their duty was not to punish the defendant, but to recompense the plaintiff. They were not the custodes morum of the people, but their duty was to say what was the fit measure of damages to be awarded to the plaintiff for the injury he had sustained, and surely no injury could be greater, nor had ever man deserved it less. His lordship defied the world to show any spot on his character, either as a husband or as a man; and with respect to his conduct to his wife, her own letters would show how fondly attached to him she was before her affections were seduced. The learned counsel here read extracts from two letters, dated in 1804 and 1806, replete with expressions of fondness and affection, in one of which she apologizes for not going to church, according to his orders, on the ground of her ill health; and in the other she lamented the delay of his company for a single day. Having concluded these topics, Mr. Parke said he demanded such a verdict, as justice, reason, and religion demanded.
Lord Amherst said he had known lord Boringdon for nineteen years. He married the second daughter of lord Westmoreland in June 1804. He had lived with them in great intimacy, and they always appeared a very happy couple.
The hon. George Villars said he married the sister of the plaintiff, and the families lived in great intimacy. The plaintiff and his wife appeared mutually affectionate, they frequented church, and partook the sacrament together.
Dr. Vaughan had attended lady Boringdon in illness, on which occasion the plaintiff had shown the solicitude and anxiety of an affectionate husband.
Sir W. Elford lived in their neighbourhood in Devonshire ; he visited them, and they appeared affectionate, attentive, and polite to each other.
The rev. Mr. Hade, vicar of Crimpton, in Devonshire, in the parish lord Boringdon's seat was, said he was much with them when alone, and they appeared to live in great affection and harmony.
Elizabeth Croft, nurse to lady Boringdon's child, said the family came to town last January. As the spring advanced, they went every day to Kensington gardens; there they always met sir Arthur Paget, who walked -with lady Boringdon at a distance from her and the child.
Elizabeth Daniels, lady's-maid, said, sir A. Paget always visited at the house when his lordship was out; he continued with her lady in the back drawing-room for two hours at a time, and went away before his lordship's return.
The porter and a footman also spoke to the visits of sir Arthur in his lordship's absence.
'Mr. Garrow then, on the part of the defendant, addressed the jury. He insisted on the known inability of sir Arthur to pay large damages, and attributed the lapse of the lady to the fashions of high life, which leaves a woman exposed to the attacks of a seducer, and that she falls frequently before she is aware of her danger.
The jury, after some consideration, found damages Ten Thousand Pounds.
The House of Commons - 1790-1820, Volume 4 By R.G. Thorne
Sir Arthur Paget
..........He did not give up his eat in January 1806 as intended. In March Fox recalled him, explaining that much as he was inclined to continue him at Vienna, the publication by Lord Mulgrave of Paget's outspoken diplomatic correspondence with him rendered it impolitic to retain his services. Paget, who had been thrown into despair by Buonaparte's military triumph in November 1805, at a time when he was recovering from a dangerous illness, was content to come home. The expense of his magnificent establishment in Vienna, where he was nicknamed 'the Emperor', had ruined his prospects of marriage to Lord Malmesbury's daughter, Catherine. (Lady Bessborough wrote, 22 Oct. 1804, 'His marriage is quite off. It seems he owes 10,000 at Vienna, which the doctor [Addington] agreed to pay, but the [Pitt] government will not).'
Irritated by the failure of his suit to Princess Leopoldine Esterhazy, on his return home he turned seducer and made off with the first Duke of Bedford's cook and then Lady Borington. His amorous escapades at Vienna, where he was 'quite the coq de village', had led some to suppose that 'the business of government is carried on in the most scandalous manner.....When an Englishman complained to his private secretery that Sir Arthur Paget had not answered a note sent to him, the secretery thought it a good joke and said “How can you expect he should answer you when he does not answer Lord Mulgrave?”.'
An incorrect Obituary was printed by The Times:
The Times - Wednesday, July 29, 1840
Death Of Sir Edward Paget
General Sir Edward Paget died on Sunday afternoon, after an illness of a few days in Grosvenor-street. Sir Edward was a General of 1825: he was a Grand Cross of the Bath, Colonel of the 25th Foot, a member of the Board of General Officers, and Governor of Chelsea Hospital. Sir Edward was brother of the Marquis of Anglesey, and in his 65th year. He married in May, 1805, the Hon Francis Bagot, daughter of the first Lord Bagot, and secondly the Lady Harriett Legge, daughter of the fourth Earl of Dartmouth. By the first marriage he has left a son, and by the second a very numerous family. Sir Edward Paget entered the army as Cornet in the Life Guards in March, 1792, and afterwards served as Captain and Major in the 54th Foot, and as Lieut.-Colonel in the 28th. He served in the campaign in Flanders and Holland in 1794, and was present at the sortie from Nimeguen. He was at Gibraltar in 1796, and served for the ensuing five years in the Mediterranean. He was present at the naval action of Cape St. Vincent in February, 1797, and next year was appointed Aide-de-Camp to George III. He served in the campaign in Egypt under Abercrombie, and was wounded in the action of the 21st March. In October, 1803, shortly after Esmette's rebellion, he was appointed Brigadier-General on the Staff in Ireland, and next year was relieved to the Staff in England. In February, 1808, he got the Colonelcy of the 80th Foot, served the campaign in Spain under Sir John Moore, commanding the reserve of his army. and was at the battle of Corunna, the 16th of January, 1809. He was next appointed to the staff of the army in the peninsula, under Sir Arthur Wellesley, with the local rank of lieutenant-general and commanded the left wing of the army. He conducted the advance from Ceimbra to Oporto, and in the action at the latter town, on the 12th of May, 1809, he lost his right arm, and returned to England. He subsequently served as second in command to Wellington, and was taken prisoner in the retreat of the army from Burgos, in 1813. On the 4th of June, 1811, he received the rank of Lieutenant-General in the army. The opinion Sir John Moor had of Sir Edward may be collected from his dying words. In the act of expiring he observed to Colonel Paul Anderson, "Is Paget in the room?" And being answered in the negative, he added, "It's General Paget I mean, he is a fine fellow."
The following correction was inserted in The Times on the following day:
The Times, Thursday, Jul 30, 1840; pg. 5; Issue 17423; col A
It was not Sir Edward Paget whose death took place in Grosvenor-street, on Sunday, but his elder brother, the Right Hon. Sir Arthur Paget, who was in his 70th year. He was the next brother to the Marquis of Anglesey, and married in 1809, Lady Augusta Fane, second daughter of the earl of Westmorland, whose previous marriage with Lord Boringdon, since Earl of Morley, had been previously dissolved by act of Parliament. By his lady Sir Arthur has left a large family. The Marquis of Anglesey arrived in town, from Cowes, on Monday night. The funeral takes place on Saturday, but we understand it will be strictly private. Upwards of thirty families are placed in mourning by this death. By the demise of this gentleman an insignia of a Knight Grand Cross of the Bath becomes vacant, and a pension of 1,200l per annum, which Sir Arthur received for his diplomatic services, reverts to the civil list. The paragraph was taken from an evening paper.
Hampton Court Palace, Hampton, Middlesex
Lady A. Paget - 55 - Independent - Middlesex
Laura Paget - 25
Augustus Paget - 15 - Clerk in Foreign Office
Rose Paget - 15
Agnes Paget - 10
The Will of Sir Arthur Paget.
The sole beneficiary and sole executrix was his wife Augusta Jane Paget.
The will was drafted on the 8th August 1836 and proved at London on the 7th August 1840.
Hon. Sir Arthur Paget, G.C.B.