Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey

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The Marquess of Anglesey
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Charles Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey by Rex Whistler (1937)
Marquess of Anglesey
In office
14 March 1905 – 21 February 1947
Personal details
Born (1885-04-14)14 April 1885
Mayfair, London, England
Died 21 February 1947(1947-02-21) (aged 61)
London, England
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

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Henry Alexander Paget, 6th Marquess of Anglesey GCVO CStJ DL (14 April 1885 – 21 February 1947) was a British peer, farmer and soldier.[1]

Life[edit]

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.[1]

Career[edit]

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[2] – 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.[1]

The 6th Marquess of Anglesey was Lord Chamberlain to Queen Mary from 1922 until his death in 1947.[1] In the 1928 New Year Honours, he was appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO).[3] In 1931, he was invested as an Officer in the Order of Saint John,[4] and promoted to Commander of the Order in 1944.[5]

During the Second World War, he served in the Home Guard, and was Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey from 1942 until his death.[1]

Marriage and children[edit]

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:

The Marquess died in London, aged 61, following an operation.[1]

Residences[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Obituary: The Marquess of Anglesey". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 22 February 1947. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 30610". The London Gazette. 2 April 1918. p. 4094. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 33343". The London Gazette. 30 December 1927. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "no. 33708". The London Gazette. 17 April 1931. p. 2502. 
  5. ^ "no. 36599". The London Gazette. 7 July 1944. p. 3191. 

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Richard Williams-Bulkeley
Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey
1942–1947
Succeeded by
Sir Richard Williams Bulkeley
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Paget
Marquess of Anglesey
1905–1947
Succeeded by
Henry Paget