Social Victorians/People/Paget Family

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Also Known As[edit | edit source]

  • Family name: Paget
  • Sir Arthur Fitzroy and Mrs. Minnie (Mary Stevens) Paget
    • Mr. Fitzroy (nom de plume)
    • General Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget
  • Almeric Paget
  • Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Paget
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Ernest Paget
    • and Miss Hylda Paget
  • Mr. Gerald and Mrs. Lucy Paget

Acquaintances, Friends and Enemies[edit | edit source]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

1877 January 2, Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget and Lucy Annie Emily Gardner married.[1]

1878 July 27, Mary Stevens and Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget married.[2]

1889 June 17, Alexandra Harriet Paget and Edward Arthur Colebrooke married.[3] (They attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House and are treated on the Colbrooke page.)

1897 July 2, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Paget attended the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball at Devonshire House, as did Gerald Gerald Paget

1902, Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget promoted to rank of General.[4]

Costume at the Duchess of Devonshire's 2 July 1897 Fancy-dress Ball[edit | edit source]

Minnie Paget[edit | edit source]

Black-and-white photograph of a standing woman richly dressed as Egyptian Cleopatra in an historical costume with fans and a very ornate head-dress
Mary ('Minnie', née Stevens), Lady Paget in costume as Cleopatra. ©National Portrait Gallery, London.

At the Duchess of Devonshire's fancy-dress ball, Minnie Paget (at 90), Mrs. Arthur Paget, walked in the "Oriental" procession as Cleopatra.[5][6] She apparently had a Black attendant, which the Morning Post described using the n-word, quoted below.

  • "Mrs. Arthur Paget appeared in an Egyptian costume, the train being of black crepe de chine embroidered with gold scarabæns, and lined with cloth of gold; skirt of black gauze with lotus flowers worked in gold, and sash of gauze tissue wrought with stones and scarabæns. The bodice, glittering with gold and diamonds, was held up on the shoulders with straps of large emeralds and diamonds."[7]:p. 3, Col. 3b
  • She was dressed in an "Egyptian costume, the train of black crepe de chine embroidered with gold scarabaeus and lined with cloth of gold; skirt of black gauze with lotus flowers worked in gold, and sash of gauze tissue wrought with stones and scarabaeus. The bodice, glittering with gold and diamonds, was held up on the shoulders with straps of large emeralds and diamonds. The square head-dress was of Egyptian cloth of gold, the sphinx-like side pieces being striped black and gold encrusted with diamonds, and in the middle of the forehead hung a large pearl from a ruby; above was the ibis with outstretched wings of diamonds and sapphires, and beyond were peacock feathers standing out, and the back was all looped with pearls and amber. The remainder of the head-dress was of uncut rubies and emeralds, all real stones, surmounted by the jewelled crown of Egypt; round the neck were row upon row of necklaces of various gems, reaching to the waist, and a jewelled girdle fell to the hem; a nigger [sic] held a fan of ostrich feathers over her head."[5]:p. 8, Col. 1b
  • "There were also two Cleopatras ..., and Mrs. Arthur Paget looked her character to the life, and her jewels were quite the most magnificent in the room. Mr. Gerald Paget walked beside her, attired very effectively as Mark Antony."[8]:p. 32, Col. 2c

John Thomson's portrait of "Mary ('Minnie', née Stevens), Lady Paget as Cleopatra" in costume is photogravure #145 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[9] The printing on the portrait says, "Mrs. Arthur Paget as Cleopatra."[10]

Black-and-white photograph of a standing man richly dressed in armor, with a sword, a cape and a helmet
Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget in costume as Edward, the Black Prince. ©National Portrait Gallery, London.
Closeup of the effigy on the tomb in Canterbury Cathedral showing his armor, helmet and gloves
Effigy of Edward, the Black Prince, Canterbury Cathedral
Shield of Prince Edward on wall in Canterbury Cathedral
Coat of Arms of Edward, the Black Prince, showing fleurs de lis and lions

Col. Arthur Paget[edit | edit source]

Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (at 91), Col. Arthur Paget, also attended, as Prince Edward of Woodstock, the "Black Prince":

  • "Colonel Arthur Paget assumed the character of Edward the Black Prince in a chain-mail, with black velvet coat embroidered in gold."[7]:p. 3, Col. 3b
  • He was dressed as "Edward the Black Prince, in a chain mail, with black velvet coat embroidered in gold, and fur coat worked with lions and fleur-de-lis in gold; black helmet and Prince of Wales's plume."[5]:p. 8, Col. 1b

John Thomson's portrait of "Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget as Edward, the Black Prince" in costume is photogravure #146 in the album presented to the Duchess of Devonshire and now in the National Portrait Gallery.[9] The printing on the portrait says, "Colonel Arthur Paget as Edward the Black Prince."[11]

Edward, the Black Prince (15 June 1330 – 8 June 1376), son of King Edward III, was a successful military leader. If he had not died before his father, he would have been king of England. His tomb is in Canterbury Cathedral with his surcoat, helmet, shield, and gauntlets. A closeup of his effigy in Canterbury Cathedral is at the right, along with his coat of arms, which shows the design on the surcoat or tabard Arthur Paget is wearing.

Gerald Paget Paget[edit | edit source]

Gerald Paget Paget (at 237) was dressed as Marc Antony in the Oriental procession (both sources say Gerald Paget Paget).[5][6] No obvious candidate for Gerald Paget Paget can be found except for Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget (15 October 1854 – 25 October 1913), Sir Arthur Paget's brother, who seems quite likely, in part because he would be Marc Antony to Minnie Paget's Cleopatra. The Gentlewoman, which calls him Mr. Gerald Paget, says they walked together in the procession.[8]:p. 32, Col. 2c

Demographics[edit | edit source]

  • Nationality: Minnie (Mary) Stevens Paget was American, but Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget was British.

Family[edit | edit source]

  • General Lord Alfred Henry Paget (26 June 1816 – 24 August 1888)[12]
  • Cecilia Wyndham (baptised 1 November 1829 – 3 May 1914)[13]
    1. Victoria Alexandrina Paget (1848 – 2 February 1859)
    2. Hon. Evelyn Cecilia Paget (c. 1850 – 17 May 1904)
    3. General Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1 March 1851 – 8 December 1928)
    4. Admiral Rt. Hon. Sir Alfred Wyndham Paget (26 March 1852 – 17 June 1918)
    5. Major George Thomas Cavendish Paget (24 May 1853 – 28 January 1939)
    6. Captain Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget (15 October 1854 – 25 October 1913)
    7. Violet Mary Paget (1856 – 13 June 1908)
    8. Lt. Sydney Augustus Paget (19 April 1857 – 16 September 1916)
    9. Amy Olivia Paget (3 June 1858 – 14 February 1948)
    10. Alberta Victoria Paget (1860 – 28 July 1945)
    11. Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st and last Baron Queenborough (14 March 1861 – 22 September 1949)
    12. Alice Maud Paget (1863 – 24 December 1925)
    13. Alexandra Harriet Paget (1865 – 19 October 1944)
    14. Guinevere Eva Paget (1869 – 26 February 1894)


  • Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget (1 March 1851 – 8 December 1928)[4]
  • Minnie (Mary) Stevens Paget (1853 – May 1919)[2]
  1. Louise Margaret Leila Wemyss Paget ( – 24 September 1958)
  2. Albert Edward Sydney Louis Paget (23 May 1879 – 2 August 1917)
  3. Arthur Wyndham Louis Paget (6 March 1888 – 28 February 1966)
  4. Reginald Scudamore George Paget (6 March 1888 – 11 June 1931)


  • Captain Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget (15 October 1854 – 25 October 1913)[14]
  • Lucy Annie Emily Gardner ( – 15 April 1927)[1]
    1. Dorothy Cecilia Paget (30 November 1878 – 10 February 1936)
    2. Lettice Mina Paget (25 July 1880 – 6 December 1969)

Questions and Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Arthur Fitzroy Paget was a colonel in 1897, a general in 1902.

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lucy Annie Emily Gardner." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-12-01. https://www.thepeerage.com/p4699.htm#i46982.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Mary Stevens." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. "Alexandra Harriet Paget." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "General Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 "Fancy Dress Ball at Devonshire House." Morning Post Saturday 3 July 1897: 7 [of 12], Col. 4a–8 Col. 2b. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000174/18970703/054/0007.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Ball at Devonshire House." The Times Saturday 3 July 1897: 12, Cols. 1a–4c The Times Digital Archive. Web. 28 Nov. 2015.
  7. 7.0 7.1 “The Ball at Devonshire House. Magnificent Spectacle. Description of the Dresses.” London Evening Standard 3 July 1897 Saturday: 3 [of 12], Cols. 1a–5b [of 7]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000183/18970703/015/0004.
  8. 8.0 8.1 “The Duchess of Devonshire’s Ball.” The Gentlewoman 10 July 1897 Saturday: 32–42 [of 76], Cols. 1a–3c [of 3]. British Newspaper Archive https://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0003340/18970710/155/0032.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Devonshire House Fancy Dress Ball (1897): photogravures by Walker & Boutall after various photographers." 1899. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait-list.php?set=515.
  10. "Mrs. Arthur Paget as Cleopatra." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158508/Mary-Minnie-ne-Stevens-Lady-Paget-as-Cleopatra.
  11. "Colonel Arthur Paget as Edward the Black Prince." Diamond Jubilee Fancy Dress Ball. National Portrait Gallery https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw158509/Sir-Arthur-Henry-Fitzroy-Paget-as-Edward-the-Black-Prince.
  12. "General Lord Alfred Henry Paget." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-11-23. https://www.thepeerage.com/p612.htm#i6117.
  13. "Cecilia Wyndham." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-11-23. https://www.thepeerage.com/p4699.htm#i46984.
  14. "Captain Gerald Cecil Stewart Paget." "Person Page". www.thepeerage.com. Retrieved 2021-12-01. https://www.thepeerage.com/p4697.htm#i46970.