Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey
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The Marquess of Anglesey
Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey by Rex Whistler (1937)
|Marquess of Anglesey|
14 March 1905 – 21 February 1947
14 April 1885|
Mayfair, London, England
|Died||21 February 1947
|Spouse(s)||Lady Marjorie Manners|
|Children||Lady Caroline Duff
Lady Elizabeth von Hofmannsthal
Lady Mary Paget
Lady Rose McLaren
George Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey
Lady Katharine Farrel
|Parents||Lord Alexander Paget|
|Alma mater||Eton College
Royal Military College, Sandhurst
Paget was born in 1885 to Lord Alexander Paget, third son of Henry Paget, 2nd Marquess of Anglesey, and to the Hon. Hester Alice Stapleton-Cotton, daughter of Wellington Stapleton-Cotton, 2nd Viscount Combermere. He was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. In 1905, he succeeded as Marquess of Anglesey on the demise of his childless cousin, the 5th Marquess. He was also Earl of Uxbridge, Baron Paget, and the 9th Baronet Paget, of Plas Newydd.
Anglesey briefly served in the Royal Horse Guards before his election as Mayor of Burton upon Trent from 1911-1912. Within the first month of the First World War, he rejoined the Royal Horse Guards and was sent to France, but was invalided out. He returned to serve as aide-de-camp to Sir John Maxwell, the General Officer Commanding in Egypt – for which he was decorated with the Order of the Nile (4th class) in 1918 – and to Sir William Birdwood in Gallipoli. He later served as Assistant Military Secretary to the General Officer Commanding in Ireland in 1916. He served in the Home Guard in World War II.
The 6th Marquess of Anglesey was Lord Chamberlain to Queen Mary from 1922 until his death in 1947. In the 1928 New Year Honours, he was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO). In 1931, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Saint John, and promoted to Commander of the Order in 1944.
Marriage and children
On 3 August 1912, he married Lady Victoria Manners, a daughter of the 8th Duke of Rutland, in a grand ceremony performed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by Prince Arthur of Connaught. They had six children:
- Lady Alexandra Mary Cecilia Caroline Paget (15 June 1913–22 May 1973 (aged 59)), married Sir Michael Duff, 3rd Baronet
- Lady Elizabeth Hester Mary Paget (1916-1980), married Raimund von Hofmannsthal
- Lady Mary Patricia Beatrice Rose Paget (19 January 1918–28 March 1996 (aged 78)), died unmarried
- Lady Rose Mary Primrose Paget (27 July 1919–1 November 2005 (aged 86)), married Hon. John Francis McLaren
- George Charles Henry Victor Paget, Earl of Uxbridge (afterwards 7th Marquess) (8 October 1922–13 July 2013 (aged 90))
- Lady Katharine Mary Veronica Paget (8 Oct 1922-7 February 2017 (aged 94)), married (1) Jocelyn Eustace Gurney, (2) Charles Farrell
The Marquess died in London, aged 61, following an operation.
Until World War I, the 6th Marquess of Anglesey mainly lived at Beaudesert, the Paget family estate and stately home on the southern edge of Cannock Chase in Staffordshire. Heavy taxation after the war meant that the 6th Marquess could no longer afford to maintain the property at Beaudesert, so in 1920 he left to live at Plas Newydd. The Beaudesert estate was broken up and sold off, with the Marquess donating 120 acres of land to the Cannock Chase District in 1920, and a further gift in 1938 was made to the people of Staffordshire.
At Plas Newydd, the 6th Marquess commissioned the artist Rex Whistler to undertake a decorative mural scheme. The trompe l'oeil paintings and murals and a permanent exhibition of Whistler memorabilia are now one of the major attractions at the property.
- "Obituary: The Marquess of Anglesey". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 22 February 1947.
- "(Supplement) no. 30610". The London Gazette. 2 April 1918. p. 4094.
- "(Supplement) no. 33343". The London Gazette. 30 December 1927. p. 6.
- "no. 33708". The London Gazette. 17 April 1931. p. 2502.
- "no. 36599". The London Gazette. 7 July 1944. p. 3191.
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