Birth: 16 April 1823

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Wednesbury, Staffordshire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 11 July 1896 - Aged 73

Place or Registered Place of Death: Hatfield, Hertfordshire

Father: Arthur Paget

Mother: Augusta Jane Fane

Spouse(s): Walburga Ehrengarde Helena de Hohenthal

Date of Marriage: 20 October 1860

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Copenhagen, Denmark


Victor Frederick William Augustus Paget (1861-1927)
Alberta Victoria Sarah Caroline Paget (1863-1944)
Ralph Spencer Paget (1864-1940)


Armorial Families
Rt. Hon. Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget, P.C. , G.C. B., b. 1823; d. 1896; m. 1860, Countess Walburga Ehrengarde Helena, d. of Count de Hohenthal.

Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget KCB (16 April 1823 – 11 July 1896) was the son of Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Paget and Lady Augusta Fane, nephew of General Sir Edward Paget and grandson of The 1st Earl of Uxbridge.

Paget was appointed a member of Queen Victoria's privy council in 1876 he was a career civil servant and diplomat and British ambassador.

The Gentleman's Magazine - 1846
Promotions, Preferments
Mr. Augustus Paget has been appointed Precis Writer in the Foreign Department.

During his civil service career, Paget served in the Post Office and the Audit Office. In the diplomatic service, he was posted to Denmark, Germany, Portugal, and Italy where he held the office of Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary between 1876 and 1883. Finally, in Austria, he held the office of Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 1883 and 1893.

Paget married in 1860 Countess Walburga Ehrengarde Helena de Hohenthal. The couple had three children:

1. William Frederick Augustus Paget (1861 – 1927),
2. Alberta Victoria Sarah Caroline Paget (1863 – 1944)
3. Ralph Spencer Paget (1864 – 1940).

His wife later achieved fame in her own right by publishing a series of memoirs of her life in the various embassies in which they lived.

New York Times
July 12, 1896, Wednesday
Page 5
LONDON, July 11. -- The Right Hon. Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget died at Hatfield to-day, aged seventy-three years. He was British Minister to Saxony in 1858-9; Minister to Denmark from 1859 to 1866; Minister to Italy from 1876 to 1883, and Ambassador to Austria from 1884 to 1893.

The Times - July 13, 1896
Death Of Sir Augustus Paget

We record with much regret the death of Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget, formerly British Ambassador at the Court of Vienna. A week ago he was in excellent health and spirits and spent the Sunday at Hatfield. On the Monday morning, when taking leave of Lord Salisbury, he suddenly swooned and on medical aid being obtained, it was found that the cause was a stroke of paralysis. He soon partially recovered consciousness but never rallied, and the end came at 8.50 on Saturday morning.

The late Ambassador's career extended over more than half a century, and his experience was a singularly wide and varied character. He entered the public service in 1840, his first experience of official life having been in the Secretary's Department of the General Post Office and in the Audit Office. He soon, however, deserted branches of the Civil Service m which there were comparatively few avenues to distinction, and obtained a clerkship in the Foreign Office in August, 1841, from which position he steadily advanced in the diplomatic profession, until, after experience in almost every European Court, he was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the Emperor of Austria on the 1st of January, 1884.

Sir Augustus Paget was the fourth son of the late Right Hon. Sir Arthur Paget, G.C.B. Who was the second son of the first Earl of Uxbridge and brother of the first Marquis of Anglesey, who rendered brilliant, service at the head of the united British, Hanoverian, and Belgian cavalry at the battle of Waterloo. He was born in 1823, and his first acquaintance with foreign Courts was when he was temporarily attached in December, 1843, to the mission at Madrid, where for some time he was Chargé des Archives. On his return to this country he was appointed précis writer to Lord Aberdeen, who was then Foreign Secretary in the second Administration of Sir Robert Peel. After four months' service in that capacity he transferred his labours to the British Embassy at Paris, which was then in the hands of the Marquis of Normanby, where he was appointed second paid attaché, and on the 18th of December, 1851, first paid attaché. He was thus in the French capital during the stirring period of the Coup d'Etat and the establishment of the Second Empire. After six years' service in Paris he was promoted to be Secretary of Legation at Athens on February 12, 1852, at a period subsequent to the rupture of diplomatic relations with Greece, when there was no regular envoy in that capital. From Athens he was promoted in December of the same year to Egypt, where he acted as Consul-General until February 19, 1853. Thence he was transferred to the Hague on January 14, 1854, and acted there on three occasions as Chargé d'Affaires .In 1857 he was transferred to Lisbon, and was Chargé d'Affaires at that capital from July 9, 1857, until January 14, 1858. From Lisbon he proceeded to Berlin in April of the same year, end was Chargé d'Affaires from June 17 to November 20, 1858. A. month afterwards he was appointed under the Government of Lord Derby, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to the King of Saxony. His appointment was gazetted to the King of Sweden and Norway in June of the following year, but was subsequently cancelled and he was sent to Denmark instead. He received the Companionship of the Bath on February 10, 1863, and was made a Knight Commander of that Order on March 16 of the same year.

Sir A. Paget resided for seven years in the Danish capital, and his term of office was signalized by two special embassies - the first on which Lord Wodehouse, now Lord Kimberley, was sent to congratulate Christian IX. on his accession to the throne towards the end of 1863; and the second in April, 1865 on which Lord Cowper was charged to invest that Monarch with the Order of the Garter. He was succeeded at Copenhagen in June, 1866, by Sir Charles Murray and was despatched as Envoy Extraordinary to the King of Portugal, in succession to Sir A. C. Magenis. He did not, however, remain long at Lisbon, with which he had been familiar in his earlier diplomatic career, as he was appointed in the July of the following year, in succession to Sir Henry Elliot, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister plenipotentiary to the King of Italy, Victor Emmanuel. He remained in Italy for many years and attained his full rank of Ambassador Extraordinary on March 24, 1876, during the second Administration of Lord Beaconsfield. He was present at the death of Victor Emmanuel in January, 1878. The Duke of Abercorn was sent shortly afterwards on a special mission to invest the new King with the Order of the Garter. Sir A. Paget was thus our Ambassador at the critical epoch of the entry of the Italian troops into Rome when he conducted our relations with that kingdom with great tact and discretion. After the long period of 16 years' service at the Court of Italy the late Ambassador was succeeded by Sir John Savile Lumley, now Lord Savile, in August, 1883, and on January 1 of the succeeding year he proceeded to Vienna in succession to Sir Henry Elliot, who had also preceded him at the Court of the King of Italy. Sir A. Paget remained our representative in Austria till 1893, when he retired. He had thus served in Italy and Austria for over a quarter of a century, and had held the rank of Ambassador for upwards of 16 years, and in a subordinate or exalted position had the responsibility of guarding British interests during times of great political disturbance and even revolution. His conduct of those interests was uniformly marked by tact and discretion. He was at Copenhagen in 1864 when Lord John Russell was at the Foreign Office and this country was so nearly involved in war with Prussia over the Schleswig-Holstein difficulty, and though his official duties did not bring him into contact with any of the contending parties in the wars of 1866 or 1870, ho held a position of grave anxiety and responsibility in the latter of these years when .the Italian troops entered Rome. Though .deficient, perhaps, in some of the qualities which make a great diplomatist, Sir Augustus everywhere won the confidence of Sovereigns and Governments by his upright, straightforward and manly character, and was everywhere liked and esteemed as a thorough English gentleman. Since his retirement he devoted a great deal of his time to the preparation of his father's memoirs, which were recently reviewed at length in The Times.

Sir Augustus Paget married on October 20, 1860, the Countess Hohenthal, Maid of Honour to the Princess Royal of Prussia, now the Empress Frederick of Germany. He leaves three children. His eldest son is a captain in the Royal Artillery, his daughter married in 1883 the 14th Lord Windsor, and his second son is in the diplomatic service.


1841 Census:

Hampton Court Palace, Hampton, Middlesex
Lady A. Paget - 55 - Independent - Middlesex
Laura Paget - 25
Augustus Paget - 15 - Clerk in Foreign Office
Rose Paget - 15
Agnes Paget - 10

Rt. Hon. Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget