Birth: 18 June 1744

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Plas-Newydd, Anglesey, Wales

Baptism: 16 July 1744

Place of Baptism: St. George's Church, Westminster, Middlesex

Death: 13 March 1812

Place or Registered Place of Death: Old Burlington Street, Westminster, Middlesex

Father: Nicholas Bayly

Mother: Caroline Paget

Spouse(s): Jane Champagné

Date of Marriage: 11 April 1767

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Castle Forbes, Longford, Ireland


Henry William Paget (1768-1854)
William Paget (1769-1795)
Arthur Paget (1771-1840)
Caroline Paget (1773-1847)
Jane Paget (1774-1842)
Edward Paget (1775-1849)
Louisa Paget (1777-1842)
Charles Paget (1778-1839)
Berkeley Thomas Paget (1780-1842)
Charlotte Paget (1781-1817)
Mary Paget (1783-1835)
Brownlow Paget (1787-1797)


Oxford University Alumni
Paget, Henry Bayly, Lord Paget, created D.C.L. 7 July, 1773 (s. Sir Nicholas Bayly, Bart.), created Earl of Uxbridge 19 May, 1784, died 13 March, 1812, father of Henry William, 1st Marquis of Anglesey.

Lloyd's Evening Post - Friday November 17, 1769
By the death of the Earl of Uxbridge, the title of Baron Paget, and an estate of upwards of 8000 l. a year, descend to Henry Bayly, Esq. eldest son of Sir Nicholas Bayly, Bart.

He was doubly fortunate in that not only was he now a substantial landowner but also found that his Plas Newydd estate in Anglesey, perched on one side of Parys mountain, was the site of a significant source of copper at a time when the British Navy had just discovered the virtues of copper-plating the hulls of its warships.

The acquisition of wealth naturally drove Henry Bayly further up the social scale and having been appointed as Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey in 1782 Henry was subsequently created Earl of Uxbridge in May 1784, reviving the title previously held by the original Pagets but which had become extinct on the death of the 8th Baron.

Upon the death of Henry, eighth Baron and second Earl of Uxbridge in 1769, Henry the son of Caroline Paget and Sir Nicolas Bayly, who was born in 1744, succeeded to the family estates and to the Barony of Paget as ninth Baron in right of his mother. On 29th January 1770, he assumed the surname and arms of Paget. In 1773 the degree of LL.D. was conferred upon him by the University of Oxford in full convocation; in 1782 he was appointed Lord-Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum of the County of Anglesey; and in 1784 was created Earl of Uxbridge.

Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser - Monday, July 22, 1782.
Whitehall, July 20. The King has been pleased to constitute and appoint the Right Hon. Henry Lord Paget to be Lord Lieutenant and Custos Rotulorum in the county of Anglesea, in the room of Sir Nicholas Bayly, Bart.

Lord Uxbridge married Jane, eldest daughter of the Very Rev. Arthur Champagné, Dean of Clacmanoise, in Ireland. This marriage brought another very interesting strain into the Paget family.

My cousin Claude Paget has been able to copy from a transcript of original letters (which were in the possession of Sir Erasmus Barrowes, Bt.) some details of the history of the Champagne family, the members of which, as Huguenots, were driven from France at the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and settled in Portarlington, in Ireland. This history he kindly lent to me, and from it I subjoin a brief summary.

Lord Uxbridge and his wife seem on the whole to have led the quiet, useful, and uneventful lives of English county magnates, spending a good portion of the year at Beaudesert or Plas-Newydd. Some one said that the chief thing Lord Uxbridge did was to bring up his six sons very well, and certainly in this, as history tells, he conferred no small service upon his country.

Both the Earl of Uxbridge and his Countess were personae gratae at the court of George III, and their letters, like some of those in the "Paget Papers," reveal a considerable degree of intimacy. Thus in Lord Malmesbury's diary of 1804 we read: "Lady Uxbridge very anxious about the king - said his family were very unhappy." On May 30, 1805, Lady Uxbridge writes to her son Sir Arthur Paget : " The king has just announced his intention of going to Beaudesert as soon as possible after his birthday. If that dear old place had had fair play it would have been the joy of my life to receive him there." On Nov. 21, 1805, Lord Uxbridge writes to the same son : " Poor dear Edward is off. . . . The dear king said to me one day : ' When is that old fellow going to die?' ' Who, sir,' I said. 'Prescott, remember when he does that I will give the 28th away myself: I will not be asked for it no, no, Edward shall have it.'" This, of course, refers to his fourth son, afterwards the distinguished general Sir Edward Paget.

Lady Uxbridge's letters to her sons breathe that spirit of deep and unaffected piety which was characteristic of Huguenot families, and one is thankful to trace, running right through their strenuous and adventurous lives, the same strain of sincere and manly religion in the conduct and correspondence of her sons. Lord and Lady Uxbridge had a large family consisting of six sons and four daughters. All of the six sons did good service to their country during the great Napoleonic war, and were exceptionally distinguished. I will add a brief notice of each of my grandfather's five brothers before entering upon his Memoir.

Henry Bayly Paget
1st Earl of Uxbridge, 9th Baron of Beaudesert