Birth: 26 November 1864

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

Baptism: 20 December 1864

Place of Baptism: Anglican Church, Kobenhavn (Copenhagen), Denmark

Death: 11 May 1940 - Aged 75

Place or Registered Place of Death: St. Raphael, France

Father: Augustus Berkeley Paget

Mother: Walburga Ehrengarde Helena de Hohenthal

Spouse(s): Louise Margaret Leila Wemyss Paget

Date of Marriage: 28 October 1907

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Kingston Vale, Surrey


Armorial Families
Rt. Hon. Sir Ralph Spencer Paget, P.C, K.C.M.G., C.V.O. , Charge d'Affaires Bangkok 1902-4, Envoy Extraor. and Min. Plen. there 1904-9, Min. Resident at Munich 1909-10, Envoy Extraor. and Min. Plen. at Belgrade 1910-13, Assist. Under-Sec. of State for Foreign Affairs 1913-16, Envoy Extra, and Min. Plen. to Denmark 1916-18, Ambassador Extraor. and Min. Plen. Rio de Janeiro 1918-20, b. 1864 ; m. 1907, Dame Louisa Margaret Leila Wemyss, G.B.E., d. of the late Rt. Hon. Sir Henry FitzRoy Paget, P.C, G.C.B., K.C.V.O. Res.-Pett Farm, Sittingbourne. Club-St. James's.

The New York Times - October 2, 1907
Miss Paget Engaged
Daughter of Sir Arthur to Marry a Distant Cousin in England
A cable dispatch brings the announcement of the engagement of Miss Louisa Margaret Leila Wemyss Paget, the only daughter of Gen. Sir Arthur Henry Fitzroy Paget and Lady Paget and granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Paran Stevens of New York, and great-grand-daughter of the first Marquis of Anglesey, to Ralph Spencer Paget. son of the late Sir Augustus B. Paget, at one time the British Ambassador to Vienna and later to Rome and great-grandson of the first Earl of Uxbridge.

Miss. Paget, who has been in delicate health for years, is a is about 27, and has gone out very little in society because of her ill-health, She has visited this country several times; and spent some time in the Southwest. When in New York she was chiefly the guest of Miss Annie Leary, an old friend of the Stevens family.

Miss Paget never came over with her mother on the latter 's visits. Miss Paget's grandmother. the late Mrs. Paran Stevens, was one of the best-known matrons in New York, and was noted for her ready tongue. Paran Stevens made a large fortune in the hotel business, and when his daughter, Miss Minnie Stevens, now Lady Paget, went to London she created quite a furore in the then Prince of Wales's set, and her marriage to Gen. Sir Arthur Paget, then neither a General nor the possessor of a title, followed speedily. Since then she has spent but little time in her native country. Miss Paget's uncle, Almeric Hugh Paget, married a daughter of the late William C. Whitney.

Ralph Spencer Paget is a member of the same family and a distant cousin. He is about 44 years old, and is the British Minister and Consul General at Siam.

The Times - May 13, 1940
Sir Ralph Paget
First Ambassador to Rio De Janeiro
The Right Hon. Sir Ralph Paget, whose distinguished diplomatic career covered a period of more than 30 years, died at St. Raphael, France, on Saturday at the age of 75. He served in many parts of the world, and when King George V raised his Diplomatic Mission in Brazil from a Legation to an Embassy in 1918 Sir Ralph Paget was selected to be the first British Ambassador in Rio de Janeiro. He retired in 1920.

Born on November 26, 1864, Ralph Spencer Paget was the second son of the late Right Hon. Sir Augustus Paget, British Ambassador in Vienna from 1883 to 1891. Like his elder brother, he went to Eton to the Rev. Edmond Warre's house in 1877, and won the Prince Consort's prize for German. After leaving school he studied abroad, and in April, 1888, was nominated an attaché in the Diplomatic Service, being sent in June to Vienna under his father. Vienna was then the pleasantest post in Europe, retaining much of the dignity and simple gaiety of earlier days, and the. British Embassy was of great social importance. In the autumn of 1889 he was transferred to Cairo, where under Sir Evelyn Baring, later Lord Cromer, he gained an insight into the realities of administrative routine and into all the great work of financial reform and reorganization that had been begun in Egypt. He was sent for a few months to Zanzibar to assist Sir Gerald Portal in 1891, and there saw the first beginnings of European civilization in East Africa. After a year spent in Washington Paget was in July, 1893. transferred to the Legation at Tokyo, where he stayed for nearly six years, during the last four of which he served under Sir E. Satow. He saw the Sino-Japanese War and the subsequent Russian intervention and occupation of Port Arthur, events that led to the Russo-Japanese War of 1904. Japan still retained the charm of unspoilt remoteness and was known to few Europeans other than sailors and missionaries. Paget delighted in his time there and travelled extensively through the islands. He was happier in the distant posts than in the normal, urban, and urbane diplomatic atmosphere of Europe.

From Japan he went for another two years in Egypt. and in September, 1902, he was sent to Bangkok. Almost immediately after his arrival there, his chief, Mr. Tower, afterwards Sir Reginald Tower, returned home, and Paget became Charge d'Affaires. For the next two years he remained in charge of British interests, no new Minister being appointed, until in November. 1904, to the satisfaction of the Siamese, he himself received the appointment, and at the age of 40 became Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. He was promoted to be a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service in April, 1904, and stayed in Siam until May, 1909, nearly seven years in all, negotiating in March of that year a frontier treaty with the Siamese Government.

In July, 1910, he was appointed Minister at Belgrade. where he stayed for 3½ years, making great friends with, the Serbs, whose history and national aspirations excited his interest and sympathy. He witnessed their triumph in the two Balkan Wars of 1912 and 1913. the wiping out of the memory of Kossovo and the aggrandisement of the Serbian kingdom. The last German War of aggression took him back to Serbia after a year's work in the Foreign Office in the capacity of the British Commissioner for the coordination of relief work, and no better appointment could have been made. Paget and his wife did admirable work. Their knowledge of the country and the people and the readiness with which they accepted the hard and inhospitable conditions of war-time Serbia endeared them to the Serbian officials and to the personnel of the relief missions. Unhappily their work was all swept away a few months later by the German invasion under Mackensen.

On his return home Sir Ralph Paget was sent in August, 1916, as Minister to Copenhagen. He found himself at once immersed in questions of contraband, the organization of trusts and purchasing associations, which alone were permitted to receive shipments of goods, and the blacklisting of such recalcitrant firms as traded with the Germans. By such measures the blockade was enforced in neutral countries. After the signature of peace, Paget was promoted Ambassador and was sent to Rio de Janeiro, the first British Ambassador in Brazil, and in October, 1920, at the age of 55, he retired from the Diplomatic Service. In 1907 he married his cousin Leila, daughter of General Sir Arthur Paget. He-was made C.M.G. in 1904, C.V.O. in 1907. and advanced to K.C.M .G. in 1909. On his appointment in Rio de Janeiro in 1919 he was sworn a member of the Privy Council. For his work in Serbia in the last War, King Peter conferred on him the First Class of the Order of the White Eagle.


1881 Census:

Eton College, Common Lane, Eton, Buckinghamshire
Ralph S. Paget - Boarder - 16 - Copenhagen

Sir Ralph Spencer Paget