Birth: 16 June 1812

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Uxbridge House, Kensington, London, Middlesex

Baptism: 29 July 1816

Place of Baptism: St. James, Westminster, London

Death: 20 February 1859

Place or Registered Place of Death: Mayfair, Piccadilly, London, Middlesex

Place of Burial: Brampton, Huntingdonshire

Father: Henry William Paget

Mother: Charlotte Cadogan

Spouse(s): John William Montagu

Date of Marriage: 6 September 1838

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. James's, Westminster, London, Middlesex


Edward George Henry Montagu, 8th Earl of Sandwich (1839-1916)
Rear-Admiral Victor Alexander Montagu (1841-1915)
Sydney Montagu (1842-1860)
Colonel Oliver George Paulet Montagu (1844-1893)
Emily Caroline Montagu (1846-1931)
Anne Florence Adelaide Montagu (1848-1940)


Lady Mary Paget, was Lord Anglesey's second daughter by his second marriage with Lady Charlotte Cadogan, whose first husband was the first Earl Cowley.

On the eve of the birth of her son Edward George Henry, Lady Sandwich received the following letter from Queen Victoria:

H.M. Queen Victoria to the Countess of Sandwich

Buckingham Palace,

July 12th, 1839.

My Dear Lady Sandwich,

It would afford me very great satisfaction if you would accept the situation of Lady of the
Bedchamber, which is just vacated by the resignation of Lady Breadalbane.

Having known your family so long, and being so well acquainted with your father and brothers and sisters, it would give me sincere pleasure, if the appointment would suit you. I hope you are well. It will, however, I fear, be some time before I have the pleasure of seeing you.

Believe me always, dear Lady Sandwich,

Yours sincerely,

Victoria R.

Before leaving town after her confinement, Lady Sandwich took her infant son to pay a visit to the Queen at Buckingham Palace. The event is chronicled in a letter to her husband.

"For his visit yesterday he wore a frock for the first time, and his arms made a very respectable appearance. He stared full at the Queen in a most absurd manner and did not cry. The Queen was very kind in every way, looked at the child and kissed his hand."

The child was christened in the drawing-room at Hinchingbrooke, Lord Sandwich's fine old Tudor house in Huntingdonshire ; he received the names of Edward George Henry - Lord Anglesey, Lord Templeton, and the Dowager Lady Sandwich being his sponsors.

While still a baby he used to be taken to Windsor when his mother was in waiting. On one of these occasions she wrote the following letter:

The Countess of Sandwich to the Dowager Countess of Sandwich



My dear Lady Sandwich,

I seize the first five minutes I can to write you a few lines to tell you that your little grandson is quite well and so good. Directly I arrived the Queen came up, and finding him on the floor, she was on all-fours with him during her visit, and it was ridiculous how good the child was, laughing and talking all the time.

She brought up the Queen of the Belgians yesterday morning, and they both were on the ground playing with him, and he as good as possible. He is a great pet. I assure you my room is full of people all day long. It is the rendezvous to gossip.

I don't at all make up my mind to this separation from my dear husband, and I fear he is sadly dull, poor dear, without us, but I trust he will come, at any rate, to Cumberland Lodge.

Believe me, my dear Lady Sandwich,

In haste.

Yours affectionately,

Mary S.

The following letter was written after Lady Sandwich
had concluded her waiting at Windsor.

The Countess of Sandwich to H.M. Queen Victoria


October 2nd, 1839.


Matilda ' has written to me to-day expressing a desire from your Majesty to hear from me. I hope it is no error on her part, or your Majesty will think me very presumptuous in thus addressing you. I can never forget your Majesty's extreme kindness to my baby. He wakes every evening about the time your Majesty went up to see him, as if he expected the same honours every night. Had he been a little older he must have been spoiled by the kindness shown him.

Matilda boasts much of her frequent waltzes with Prince Albert. I was sorry to hear Prince Ernest had been ill. I look with great interest every day to see that the hunting at Windsor goes off without any accident.

Mr. Greville has sent me some duets for two sopranos, which I will take the liberty of sending, when I have selected those most worth your Majesty's notice.

I have ,to thank your Majesty very much for the beautiful brooches you sent to my nurses. Mrs. Johnson has hers, and the other I have, provided her conduct merits it. I remain

Your Majesty's most devoted and humble servant,

Mary Sandwich.

H.M. Queen Victoria to the Countess of Sandwich

Windsor Castle,

October 26th, 1839.

My dear Lady Sandwich,

Matilda was quite right in saying I wished much to hear from you, and I can assure you that your kind letter has given me great pleasure. I am charmed to hear that the dear Baby is so prosperous, and I wish I could dance him as I used to do.

We have been very gay here, dancing every alternate night, and I have become a great galloper.

I am sorry to say that my eldest cousin is very much indisposed; he has got the jaundice, which, though not alarming, is very tedious and plaguing. Albert is in perfect health. I am quite grieved to think that dear good Co ^ leaves me next week, but I rejoice that it is only for a month. Pray remember me to Lord Sandwich.

And believe me always, dear Lady Sandwich,

Yours very affectionately,

Victoria R.

H.M. Queen Victoria to the Countess of Sandwich

Dear Lady Sandwich,

I cannot let your father return to Hinchingbrooke without giving him a Una for you, to thank you for the very kind wishes you expressed to the Baroness on the occasion of my marriage. I know how much you admired my dearest Albert, which I think everybody who knows him must do. I feel as assured of my happiness as I can be of anything in this world, and I only hope I may be able to make him as happy as he ought to be.

I hope you and dear Baby are well. I look forward with pleasure to dear Go's coming on Thursday.

Pray answer this note, as it gives me pleasure to hear from you. Remember me kindly to Lord Sandwich, and

Believe me always.

Yours affectionately,

Victoria R.

In 1841 Lady Sandwich found that her duties at Court were incompatible with home ties, and she resigned the office of Lady of the Bedchamber.

H.M. Queen Victoria to the Countess of Sandwich

Buckingham Palace,

December 1st, 1841.

My dear Lady Sandwich,

I could not sooner answer your letter which I received about ten days ago, but hasten to do so now and to say how much I regret the determination you have come to of resigning the situation you hold in my household ; tho' I cannot blame your motives for doing so, as I should be sorry that you should neglect your domestic duties for my service. I shall ever look upon you as still belonging to me to a certain extent, as you have been about me for now two years and a half. The Prince and I return you many thanks for all your good wishes and kind expressions on the birth of our little boy, whom I shall have much pleasure in showing to you, when you come to Windsor for your waiting. We are going to Windsor next week, which will, I trust, complete my recovery, which only wants country air to make it a perfect one. Regret to hear that my godson^ has been so delicate, but hope he is better now.

Pray believe me always, dear Lady Sandwich,

Yours affectionately,

Victoria R.

Lady Mary was with her son Lord Hinchingbrooke on February 11th (??) in the Queen's Box at the Haymarket Theatre. On the 20th of that month she passed away in the presence of John William Montagu, her husband, her son and his sister, Lady Emily Montagu.

Lady Mary (Polly) Paget
Countess of Sandwich