Birth: 16 December 1830

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Cranmore Hall, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Baptism: 22 February 1831

Place of Baptism: St. James, East Cranmore, Somerset

Death: 16 April 1863

Place or Registered Place of Death: Not Known

Father: John Moore Paget

Mother: Elizabeth Jane Doveton

Spouse(s): N/A

Date of Marriage: N/A

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: N/A


At the time of baptism living at Newbury House, Kilmersdon.

Oxford University Alumni
Paget, Arthur John Snow, 1s. John Moore, of Babington, Somerset, arm. Trinity Coll., matric. 10 June, 1848, aged 17; died 16 April, 1863.

Arthur John Snow Paget, at Eton 1844, d. 1863.

Bulletins and Other State Intelligence
North Somerset Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry
Arthur John Snow Paget, Gent. to be Cornet, vice Warburton, resigned. Dated 20 January 1849.

Bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research
Arthur John Snow Paget (1830-1863). 23 notebooks relating to travels - Morocco, Hong Kong, Egypt, the continent..........

The United Service Magazine - 1862
Promotions and Appointments
The Militia Gazette
War Office, Pall Mall, Oct. 14.
North Somerset Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry
Lieut. Arthur John Snow Paget to be capt. vice Mogg, promoted. Dated 10 October 1862.

There are no Census Records.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1863
April 16. Aged 32, Arthur John Snow, eldest son of John Moore Paget, Esq., of Cranmore Hall, Somersetshire.

Born on the 16th of Dec., 1830, he displayed very early in life an unusual love of literature in all its branches, and took peculiar interest in archaeological pursuits.

Gifted with rare and varied talents, his power of rapidly mastering any subject that interested him, his insatiable thirst for knowledge, and singularly accurate memory, gave him no common advantages in acquiring and retaining information. To him the deciphering of faded medieval MSS., the translation of dry black-letter folios, and above all, the unravelling of genealogical difficulties, was but a labour of love. Never content with ordinary sources of information, he sought all at the fountain-head: the innate accuracy of his mind refusing to accept as such any fact the truth of which he had not personally investigated. This it is which will render so valuable to the future county historian the mass of information he had collected for the History of the Hundred of Houndsborough Berwick and Coker, in the county of Somerset, which is unfortunately not sufficiently advanced for publication. Taking Hutchins's History of Dorset as his model of arrangement, he laboured unweariedly to reach the highest standard; and with the disdain of superficiality that marked his character, he worked out his subject to its farthest depth, verifying every date and assertion as he went by reference to original authorities, at an amount of personal labour only fully to be imagined by those who have been similarly engaged.

He was a member of the Camden Geographical and Ethnological Societies, and at one time a frequent contributor to "Notes and Queries." But although a passion for antiquarian pursuits had undoubtedly become the specialty of his mind, his intellect was too vigorous and his nature too sympathetic for his tastes to end here. His fervid imagination, love of art, and keen perception of beauty wherever found, were characteristics not less strong than his zealous devotion to the drier paths of literature.

He was an ardent collector of rare old editions: and his extraordinary knowledge of books, added to the vast and ready fund of general information which lie possessed, would of themselves have sufficed to raise him from the roll of common men. The somewhat too restless energy of his temperament, combined with an eager desire to see and observe for himself, led him to extensive travel; and in this his remarkable aptitude for acquiring languages stood him in good stead. In the course of a short life he had visited the greater part of Europe, had passed many months in the States of North America, lived in the backwoods of Canada, spent a considerable time in Morocco, and here, when at Tangiers in 1855, he won the admiration of all who witnessed his noble devotion in the midst of a fearful outbreak of cholera. While others fled from the danger, he stood fast, and tenderly ministered to the wants of the sick and dying.

In 1857 he went to China, and was present en amateur at the capture of Canton. In 1860 he visited the Sandwich Islands, and passed some time at Vancouver's Island, returning by San Francisco (whence he made a journey to examine the Mammoth trees) through Central America and the Havanah. He spent the winter of 1861-62 in ascending the Nile to the second cataract; his love of knowledge, here as ever, making him plunge with avidity into all the mysteries of Egyptian lore. Brilliant in conversation, and singularly free from all vanity or affectation, his generous mind, bright and chivalrous nature, and charming presence, deservedly endeared him to all with whom he came in contact, and rendered doubly painful the early loss of one whose short life gave such rare promise of future eminence.

As his death is not recorded in the BMD, is must be assumed that he died overseas.

Captain Arthur John Snow Paget