Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge (first creation)

Henry Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge PC (13 January 1663 – 30 August 1743), of Beaudesert, Staffordshire, and West Drayton, Middlesex, was a British landowner and Tory politician who sat in the English and British House of Commons from 1695 until 1712 when he was raised to the peerage as Baron Burton.


The Earl of Uxbridge

7th Baron Paget, 1st Earl of Uxbridge.jpg
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire
In office
1707–1712
Preceded byParliament of England
Succeeded byWilliam Ward
Charles Bagot
In office
1695–1707
Preceded bySir Walter Bagot
John Grey
Succeeded byParliament of Great Britain
Personal details
Born
Henry Paget

(1663-01-13)13 January 1663
Died30 August 1743(1743-08-30) (aged 80)
West Drayton
Spouse(s)
Mary Catesby
(m. 1686; her death 1734)

Elizabeth Bagot
(m. 1739; his death 1743)
RelationsFrancis Pierrepoint (grandfather)
Henry Paget, 2nd Earl of Uxbridge (grandson)
ChildrenThomas Paget, Lord Paget (son)
ParentsWilliam Paget, 6th Baron Paget
Frances Pierrepont
Monument to Lord Henry Pagett in St John the Baptist's Church, Hillingdon

Personal lifeEdit

Paget was the son of William Paget, 6th Baron Paget, and his wife Frances Pierrepont, daughter of Hon. Francis Pierrepoint[1] She was a granddaughter of Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull.

CareerEdit

Paget was appointed a deputy lieutenant for Middlesex on 6 April 1689 and Staffordshire on 14 May 1689. He was elected Member of Parliament for Staffordshire on 7 November 1695 as a Tory. In 1702 he was made a deputy lieutenant for Buckinghamshire.[1]

On 30 April 1704 Paget was appointed one of the Council advising the Lord High Admiral, Prince George of Denmark, and served until the Prince's death on 28 October 1708. He was also a Lord Commissioner of the Treasury between 10 August 1710 and 30 May 1711. On 13 June 1711 he was appointed Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard, being made a Privy Counsellor the next day and being raised to the House of Lords as Baron Burton, of Burton in the County of Stafford, on 1 January 1712. On 26 February 1713 he succeeded his father as 7th Baron Paget of Beaudesert, and was also appointed to succeed him as Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.

On 1 May 1714 he was appointed Envoy Extraordinary to the Elector of Hanover, but refused to go unless he was made an Earl, which Queen Anne refused. However, when the Elector succeeded as King George I of Great Britain on 1 August, he raised Paget in the peerage as Earl of Uxbridge in the County of Middlesex, on 19 October 1714, and appointed him to the new Privy Council, 16 November 1714. In 1727, the Town of Uxbridge, Massachusetts Colony, was named in honour of Henry Paget, First Earl of Uxbridge.

Later lifeEdit

In 1715 Lord Uxbridge ceased to be Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard and Lord Lieutenant, and took on the post of Recorder of Lichfield, in which he served until his death. In 1740, he became a justice of the peace for Cambridgeshire.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1686, he married Mary Catesby, the eldest daughter and co-heiress of Thomas Catesby of Whiston and Ecton and Margaret Samwell (a daughter of Richard Samwell of Upton). Together, they were the parents of:[2]

Lady Uxbridge died suddenly on 3 November 1734, and was buried at West Drayton on 9 November. On 7 June 1739 Lord Uxbridge remarried to Elizabeth Bagot (b. 1674). She was a member of another Staffordshire county family, the daughter of the late Sir Walter Bagot, 3rd Baronet (to whose Parliamentary seat Uxbridge had succeeded in 1695). He was seventy-six and she was sixty-nine.[2]

The Earl of Uxbridge died at West Drayton on 30 August 1743, aged eighty. As his son Thomas, Lord Paget had predeceased him, on 4 February 1742, he was succeeded in his titles by his grandson Henry, who became the 2nd Earl. His widow Lady Uxbridge died on 2 September 1749.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "PAGET, Hon. Henry (1663-1743), of Beaudesert, Staffs.; West Drayton, Mdx.; and Jermyn Street, London". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Uxbridge, Earl of (GB, 1714 - 1769)". www.cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Heraldic Media Limited. Retrieved 4 May 2020.

SourcesEdit

Parliament of England
Preceded by
Sir Walter Bagot
John Grey
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire
with John Grey 1685–1698
Sir Edward Bagot 1698–1707

1695–1707
Succeeded by
Parliament of Great Britain
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Parliament of England
Member of Parliament for Staffordshire
with Sir Edward Bagot 1707–1708
John Wrottesley 1708–1710
William Ward 1710–1712

1707–1712
Succeeded by
William Ward
Charles Bagot
Political offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Townshend
Captain of the Yeomen of the Guard
1711–1715
Succeeded by
The Earl of Derby
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Lord Paget
Lord Lieutenant and
Custos Rotulorum of Staffordshire

1713–1715
Succeeded by
The Earl of Bradford
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Paget
Baron Paget de Beaudesert
1713–1743
Succeeded by
Henry Paget
Peerage of Great Britain
New creation Earl of Uxbridge
1714–1743
Succeeded by
Henry Paget
Baron Burton
1712–1743