Birth: 10 November 1841

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 30 December 1923

Place or Registered Place of Death: Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire

Father: George Byng Paget

Mother: Sophia Mary Tebbutt

Spouse(s): Sophia Holden

Date of Marriage: 16 November 1864

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Shardlow (Lockington), Leicestershire


George Leigh Paget (1871-1900)
Cecil Walter Paget (1874-1936)
Hylda Sophia Paget (1875-1959)


The Gentleman's Magazine - April 1865
November 16, 1864
At Lockington, Leicestershire, Geo. Ernest Paget, Esq., of Sutton Bonington, Notts., Lieut. Royal Horse Guards, to Sophia, third daughter of the late Col. Charles Holden.

The Times - January 1, 1924
Sir Ernest Paget
Sir Ernest Paget, Bt., whose death, at the age of 82, is announced elsewhere, was well known both for his connexion with the Midland Railway and for his career on the Turf.

George Ernest Paget was descended from the Pagets of Ibstock, in Leicestershire. The only son of George Byng Paget, of Sutton Hall, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, he was born on November 10, 1841. From Harrow he joined the 7th Hussars in 1860, transferred to the Royal Horse Guards in 1801, and retired in 1867, becoming afterwards lieutenant-colonel of the Leicestershire Yeomanry. In 1870 he became a director of the Midland Railway, and, having been vice-chairman for many years, filled the office of chairman for 21 years, from 1890 to 1911; he was also vice-chairman of Millar's Karri and Jarrah Forests. He was created a baronet in September, 1897. Sir Ernest was also active in county business; he was High Sheriff of Notts in 1898, for 30 years chairman of the County Joint Committee, and a former chairman of the Notts Quarter Sessions.

For many years Sir Ernest had horses in training at Newmarket with P. P. Gilpin, and more recently with College Leader. His best horses in recent years were Paragon, with whom he won the Jubilee in 1921, the Duke of York Stakes in 1921,and the City and Suburban in 1922; Re-Echo, who won the Cambridgeshire in 1922 and the Woodcote Stakes in 1921; and Cornsack, who won the City and Suburban in 1920. Sir Ernest was elected a member of the Jockey Club in 1884, and was one of the senior members of the Club. His colours were black, French grey sleeves, and red cap. Sir Ernest Paget married in 1861 Sophia, daughter of Colonel Charles Holden; she died in 1913. His elder son, Captain G. L. Paget, Rifle Brigade, was killed in the South African War, and he is succeeded by his younger son, Lieutenant-Colonel Cecil Walter Paget, C.M.G., D.S.O., late R.E., who married Lady Alexandra Godolphin Osborne, sister of the Duke of Leeds.

After an early army career G.E.Paget developed numerous business interests, the most notable being his chairmanship of the Midland Railway Company. The railway line ran through the grounds of The Hall, and until his retirement trains were stopped for his convenience a short distance from the house. He was well known in county affairs, being Deputy Sheriff of Nottinghamshire at one time, and High Sheriff of Nottingham in 1898. He was created a Baronet by Queen Victoria in her Jubilee Honours of 1897 to mark the many developments on the Midland Railway during her reign. He was instrumental in providing corridor carriages. The Deanery Magazine for July states that during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations the chairman of the Parish Council, on behalf of the whole village, presented an address of congratulation to Sir Ernest and Lady Paget on the baronetcy which had been bestowed upon him: "All share in the feeling of joy that the village has been honoured in this way." Sir Ernest was a member of the Jockey Club, and had horses in training at Newmarket. His horse Reacher won the Cambridgeshire in 1922 at 33 to 1. He was also interested in cricket and became President of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club one year.

Sir Ernest was very much the squire in Sutton Bonington. He lived at The Hall with his wife, Sophia, and owned a large agricultural holding and many of the houses in the St Michael's end of the village. Most of the lovely old red brick Hall was erected in the reign of Queen Anne, and it was enlarged by Sir Ernest in the 1870s. A large staff was employed there including a butler, footman, cook and several maids. John Cavey was the butler, and Mr Clark head gardener over four or five junior staff. The gardens were beautifully kept, providing the house with vegetables and a variety of fruits. Each year flowers and produce were sent to St Michael's Church for the Harvest Festival, and hot-house blooms for Christmas and Easter. Sir Ernest was a keen horseman and grooms lived over the stables. Joe Monk, father of the builder G.T. Monk, was his coachman.

Hall Farm on the estate was managed by a bailiff, Robert Fowler, and Sir Ernest took a great interest in agricultural matters. Many of the villagers worked on the farm. John White who was a labourer on the estate in the 1890s recalled that his weekly wage was 14s. His wife was employed on the farm as a girl and earned Is for a nine hour day, 'twitching' (weeding), mangold loading etc. According to Millicent Vickerstaff, Sir Ernest had "ever so many sheep up on top" and these were tended by her father Thomas. He evidently excelled at his job for the sheep often won prizes at the Royal Show and Christmas Fat 'Stock shows.

NOTICE is hereby given, that all persons having any claims or demands against the estate of Sir George Ernest Paget, Bart., late of Sutton. Bonnington, in the county of Nottingham (who died on the 30th day of December, 1923, and whose will was proved in the Principal Probate Registry on the 27th day of March, 1924,.by Lieut.-Colonel Sir Cecil Walter Paget, Bart., C.M.G., D.S.O., and Sir John Field Beale, K.B.E., the executors therein named), are required to send particulars, in writing, of such claims or demands to the undersigned, Solicitors for the executors, before the 31st day or May, 1924, after which date the said executors will proceed to distribute the assets of the said deceased, having regard only to the claims and demands of which they shall then have had notice.

—Dated this ninth day of April, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-four.
BEALE and CO., 16, Great George-street, Westminster, S.W. 1, Solicitors for the said Executors.


1851 Census:

Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire (Private School)
George E. Paget - Pupil - 9 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington, Notts

1861 Census:

The Barracks, Sandling Road Maidstone, Kent
George Ernest Paget - Officer - Unmarried - 19 - Cornet, Army - Sutton Bonnington, Notts

1871 Census:

Main Street Sutton Hall, Sutton Bonington St Michael End, Leicestershire
George E. Paget - Head - 29 - Magistrate for Notts and Leicestershire, J.P. - Nottinghamshire
Sophia Paget - Wife - 25 - London
Hilda S. Paget - Daughter - 5 - 1866 - Nottinghamshire
William B. Paget - Visitor - 35 - 1836 - Leicestershire

1881 Census:

Sutton Hall, Sutton-Bonnington (Nottingham)
George Ernest Paget - Head - Married - 39 - Magistrate for Notts and Leicestershire - Sutton Bonnington, Notts.
Sophia Paget - Wife - 34 - London
Hylda Sophia Paget - Daughter - 15 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
George Leigh Paget - Son - 9 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
Cecil Walter Paget - Son - 5 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington
Charles W. Holden - Visitor - Single - 26 - Clerk in the Bank of Scotland - London (presumably the brother of Hylda Sophia Paget (nee Holden)

1891 Census:

Hall, Main Street, Sutton Bonnington, Leicestershire
George E. Paget - Head - Married - 49 - Retired Lieut-Col. Cavalry, Magistrate, Farmer - Sutton Bonnington
George L. Paget - Son - Single - 19 - Gentleman, Cadet at Sandhurst - Sutton Bonnington
Cecil W. Paget - Son - 16 - Scholar - Sutton Bonnington

1901 Census:

The Hall, Sutton Bonnington (Nottingham), Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire
George E. Paget - Head - Married - 59 - Farmer, Chairman of Directors, Midland Railway Company - Sutton Bonnington
Sophia Paget - Wife - 52 - London
Hylda S. Paget - Daughter - Single - 30 - Sutton Bonnington
Charles W. Holden - Visitor - Single - 48 - Refreshment Dept Inspector (Coffee House) - London

1911 Census:

The Hall Sutton Bonington Near Loughborough, Leicestershire
George Ernest Paget - Head - Married - 69 - Chairman, Director - Sutton Bonnington
Sophia Paget - Wife - Married 45 Years - 63 - London
Eliza Darbishire - Visitor - Widow - 77 - Sutton Bonnington (Sister)

Lieut.-Col. Sir George Ernest Paget
1st Bart. of Sutton Bonnington, Notts.