Birth: 18 April 1808

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire

Baptism: 26 October 1808

Place of Baptism: Cole Hill Presbyterian, Tamworth, Warwickshire

Death: 10 April 1892

Place or Registered Place of Death: Gyeres, Hungary

Date of Burial: 12 April 1892

Place of Burial: Hazsongard Cemetery at Kolozsvar, Blaj, Roumania

Father: John Paget

Mother: Ann Hunt

Spouse(s): Baroness Polyxena Wesselenyi Banffy (née de Hadad) (1801c-1 September 1878)

Date of Marriage: 15 November 1836

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Hungary


Oliver Paget (1841-1863)
Walter Paget (1837-)


The Diary of John Paget, 1849
John Paget, the author of this diary, was born at Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire, in the year 1808. After studying medicine at Edinburgh he travelled extensively on the continent, and visited Hungary in 1835-1836. He married Baroness Polyxena Wesselenyi, widow of Baron Ladislas Banffy, in 1837. Settling in Transylvania as a member of the landed gentry, he was enabled to witness the events of the Hungarian war of independence and to record the fugitive reports which circulated among the upper class in Hungary. Of particular interest is his account of the relations between the Magyars and Roumanians of Transylvania, the animosity between the Austrian and Russian allies, and the dissension among the Hungarian political and military leaders.

After the subjugation of his adopted land, Paget visited England, returning later to occupy his estate near Kolozsvar. During his later years he interested himself in the welfare of the Unitarian church of Transylvania. He was the author of Hungary and Transylvania ; with remarks on their condition, social, political, and economical, published in London in 1839, and translated into German and published at Leipzig in 1842. John Paget died at Gyéres on 10 April, 1892, and was buried at Kolozsvar.

The diary is in six notebooks, written in pencil, preserved in the Széclienyi library of the Hungarian National Museum, and numbered 2 Oct. Angl. The first five volumes contain only observations of natural history, made in France, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary. The sixth volume contains Paget's diary, written in June, July, and August 1849, dealing with the war of independence. It is to be noted that Paget generally renders Hungarian names in the accepted Magyar order, the family name preceding the Christian name. The spelling and punctuation here given conform to the original; the correct Hungarian geographical nomenclature has been supplied in brackets immediately following the first mention of the locality. Parts of the diary dealing with personal and family matters have been omitted.

Henry Miller Madden.
Stanford University.

John Paget (1808–1892), born near Loughborough in Leicestershire, educated at the Unitarian Manchester College at York, studied medicine, and traveled widely in southeastern Europe. His Hungary and Transylvania (2 vols., London, 1839) did much to make those countries better known. He married a Hungarian baroness and settled in Transylvania where he promoted scientific agriculture. He endowed an English chair at the Unitarian College at Kolozsvár in memory of his son. Cf. János Kovács, ‘Paget János, Esq. Életirata’ (Life of J. P., Esq.), Keresztény Magvetö, xxviii (1893), 96–1. Portrait.

English writer and landholder. He travelled a lot in Transylvania, and wrote books about his experiences. He took part in the 1848-49 hungarian revolution as well. Friend of István Széchenyi.

Music and Friends, or, Pleasant Reflections of a Dilettante, Vol. 1 by William Gardiner - Page 427, et al.
..............................The youngest of my Leicestershire medical friends is Dr. John Paget, of Thorpe Satchville Hall, who has not begun his career as a practitioner. This gentleman, though not twenty- four years of age, has distinguished himself in the Universities of Edinburgh, Dublin, and Paris, in all of which places he has obtained the first prizes in medical science. His Essay on the Diseases of the Skin, he states, was written for a prize proposed by M. Le Baron Alebert, at the hospital of St. Lewis, August 15th, 1832. It was to be written in any European language, to be finished within forty days, and delivered in with the name of the author, sealed. This essay was fortunate enough to succeed against several competitors, French, German, and Italian. Dr. Paget is now making the grand tour of Europe, and proposes to reside at Vienna two years before he returns.*............................................

* Since the above was written the Doctor has returned, after residing more than a year in Hungary. He has married the Baroness Polixene, whom he has brought to England.

Paget, John (1808-1892), agriculturist and writer on Hungary, son of John Paget, by his wife, Anna Hunt, was born at Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire, in 1808. He entered Manchester College, York, as a lay student in 1823. In 1826 he proceeded to Edinburgh University, studied medicine, and graduated M.D., but never practised or used the title of doctor, though he further pursued the study of medicine in Paris and Italy. In Italy he met the Baroness Polyxena Wesselenyi (d. 1878), widow of Baron Ladislaus Banffy, whom he married in 1837 at Rome. After travelling in Hungary he devoted himself to the development of his wife's estates, and gained a high reputation as a scientific agriculturist and a beneficent landlord, introducing an improved breed of cattle, and paying special attention to viniculture. To the Unitarian church of Transylvania, of which he was a zealous member, he rendered many important services, especially at the time (1857) when its educational system was threatened by the measures of the Austrian government. He died at Gyeres on 10 April 1892, and was buried at Kolozsvar on 12 April. His elder son died in childhood ; his younger son, Oliver (b. 5 Sept, 1841, d. 19 Oct. 1863), served under Garibaldi in Sicily, married in 1861, and left issue.

2009 - Translated from Hungarian
John Paget, the British born, and John Paget Magyarized the central England county of Leicester, Loughborough was born 1808th on April 18. This small town called Thorpe Satchville town near the temple which is a nice plaque proclaims the "Lake Balaton, Hungary and Transylvania, the first thorough English-language SD" memory. Hungary and Transylvania ... (London, 1839) on the work of the 1840s, after the book was very popular in England. Readable chapters give a fascinating insight into the then Hungarian life through the eyes of an English traveler. (I still letehetetlen reading a Helicon Publishing House published again in 1987.)

The village welcome the Hungarian tourists. The church, fox hunting, but the loud történetektol little inn far too many people knew about the writer's family elszármazó, helpfully showed the remaining part of the former Paget family memories lakóépületeit.

But how has our country is the English-born útleíró, writer, holder? The County is named landowner, Unitarian religion from a young family at the famous Manchester College in York after several years spent in a year in Dublin medikuskodott. The Edinburgh University medical faculty in defending a diploma in "excellent preparedness." Then study followed in Paris, the German university towns, and Italy. Anatomy and physiology in Paris, listened to the borbetegségekrol his thesis won the international tender. (Later, Carpenter Professor of common physiological book published.)

Although it later does not really matter with the mission of the medical field, are indicative of those facts under which the original occupations was talentless.
His study trip to a large turn in his life. The monuments devoted admiration travelers, aristocrats lived in the great social life in cities in Italy. In 1835 a reception in Rome, he met a widow Banffy Lászlónéval Baron, Nicholas Wesselényi niece, Wesselényi Polyxenával. The daughter traveling - traveling art historical fleeing years of marriage crisis - Polyxeni and life on the relationship between Paget began. Paget came to Hungary, and married the girl Wesselényi. Transylvania, Gyéresen settled with exemplary began to farm. 1835-36-was traveled across Transylvania and even the whole Kingdom of Hungary. Wrote the great lessons of this passage is that - frankly critical, but sympathetic to the Hungarians significantly - the book.

In 1847, the point was that nationality was. Istvan Szechenyi was friends with and knew Wesselényi Nicholas. The freedom under Józef Bem szárnysegédjeként one who took part in the küzdelmekbol.

Poignant irony in the history and the continuation of the Hungarian nationality from English to freedom after the collapse of his family fled his native country. "Exile" after the "thaw" after 1855, was returned to Hungary, Transylvania. Completely plundered the estate all the latest methods újrakezdve model farms established. The Transylvanian olvasóklubot organizer Paget also was a founding member of the Transylvanian Economic societies, and especially the Transylvanian vineyard and winery in order to develop their lot. More Hungarian literature and professional writing English translations are also due to him. John Paget Câmpia Turzii Creator gave back his soul 1892nd on April 10. The building where she lived - partially modified - still is, the Câmpia Turzii near Turda, Campia Turzii Romanian called-in. (The local Cultural Association preserves the memory of John Page, the anniversary date of the exhibition are invited.)

Paget powders in Cluj, one of the ornate grave cemetery Házsongárdi the rest. In the English-Hungarian ashes, who is described as the Austrian troops after the invasion Cluj was willing to take off the Kossuth hat, and a book of selected lines of the motto on the front page of Dante's Divine színjátékból, "Oh happy to Hungary! Just do not let yourself be deceived it! ... "


1851 Census:

Chapelry Of Thorpe Satchville, Leicestershire
Edmund A. Paget - Head - Unmarried - 41 - Occupying 240 acres employing 8 labourers, 3 boys etc, Landed proprietor - Loughborough, Leicestershire
John Paget - Visitor - Married - 42 - 1809 - Landed Proprietor - Loughborough

1851 Census:

New Walk, St. Mary's, Leicester
Polyxena Paget - Lodger - Married - 44 - 1807 - Baroness - Transylvania
Oliver Paget - Lodger - 9 - 1842 - Scholar - Transylvania

John Paget