Lord Alfred Paget

Caricature by Ape published in Vanity Fair in 1875.

Lord Alfred Henry Paget CB (26 June 1816 – 24 August 1888[1]) was a British soldier, courtier and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1837 and 1865.

BiographyEdit

Paget was the sixth son of the 1st Marquess of Anglesey. He became a lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards. In 1837 he was elected Member of Parliament for Lichfield and held the seat until 1865,[1] when he was defeated by the Conservative Richard Dyott.[2]

Paget was Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal to the Queen from July 1846 to March 1852, from December 1852 to March 1858, and from June 1859. The office ceased to be a political one from 1866.[3]

He was the Commodore of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, 1846-1873, and Vice-Commodore, 1845-1846 and 1874-1888.[4]

On 1 August 1874, he resigned the Chief Equerryship only.[5] He became a Lieutenant-Colonel (unattached) in 1854. He lived at 42 Grosvenor Place, London, and at Melford Hall, Sudbury, Suffolk.

He died in 1888 unexpectedly, on his yacht off Inverness.[6]

Business interestsEdit

Paget was a director of the North Staffordshire Railway Company between January 1854 and February 1875.

FamilyEdit

Paget married Cecilia, second daughter and co-heiress of George Thomas Wyndham, of Cromer Hall, Norfolk in 1847. Their children were:

  • Victoria Alexandrina Paget (21 Apr 1848 – 2 Feb 1859)
  • Evelyn Cecilia Paget (16 Jul 1849 – 17 May 1904)
  • Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1 Mar 1851 – 8 Dec 1928)
  • Alfred Wyndham Paget (26 Mar 1852 – 17 Jun 1918)
  • George Thomas Cavendish Paget (24 May 1853 – 28 Jan 1939), raised Paget's Horse for service in the Boer War
  • Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget (15 Oct 1854 – 25 Oct 1913), grandfather of Percy Bernard, 5th Earl of Bandon.
  • Violet Mary Paget (1 Mar 1856 – 13 Jun 1908)
  • Sydney Augustus Paget (19 Apr 1857 – 16 Sep 1916)
  • Amy Olivia Paget (3 Jun 1858 – 14 Feb 1948)
  • Alberta Victoria Paget (1859 – 28 Jul 1945)
  • Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough (14 Mar 1861 – 22 Sep 1949)
  • Alice Maud Paget (9 Jul 1862 – 24 Dec 1925)
  • Alexandra Harriet Paget (31 Mar 1863 – 1944), married Edward Colebrooke, 1st Baron Colebrooke.
  • Guinevere Eva Paget (16 Mar 1869 – 26 Feb 1894)

Cultural depictionsEdit

In the television series Victoria, Lord Alfred is played by Jordan Waller. In the second series, he was depicted having a same-sex romantic relationship with Sir Robert Peel's secretary, Edward Drummond. There is no historical evidence that this took place. In the same series, Lord Alfred marries Lady Wilhelmina Coke (the niece of the Duchess of Buccleuch); but in real life, Lord Alfred married Cecilia Wyndham.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "L" (part 2)
  2. ^ Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1977]. British parliamentary election results 1832–1885 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 185–186. ISBN 0-900178-26-4.
  3. ^ Chris Cook and Brendan Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900, Macmillan 1975, p. 27
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "No. 24121". The London Gazette. 11 August 1874. p. 3965.
  6. ^ "The North Wales Chronicle and Advertiser for the Principality". 1 September 1888. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  7. ^ Cecilia Wyndham. Ancestry.com. https://www.ancestry.co.uk/genealogy/records/cecilia-wyndham-24-12v9j2r?geo_a=r&geo_s=uk&geo_t=uk&geo_v=2.0.0&o_iid=41012&o_lid=41012&o_sch=Web+Property

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Edward Scott, Bt
Sir George Anson
Member of Parliament for Lichfield
18371865
With: Sir George Anson to 1841
Lord Levson 1841–1846
Edward Lloyd-Mostyn 1846–1847
Viscount Anson 1847–1854
Lord Waterpark 1854–1856
Viscount Sandon 1856–1859
Augustus Anson from 1859
Succeeded by
Richard Dyott
Augustus Anson
Court offices
Preceded by
Lord Charles Wellesley
Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal
1846–1852
Succeeded by
The Lord Colville of Culross
Preceded by
The Lord Colville of Culross
Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal
1852–1858
Succeeded by
The Lord Colville of Culross
Preceded by
The Lord Colville of Culross
Chief Equerry and Clerk Marshal
1859–1874
Succeeded by
John Carstairs McNeill