Birth: 2 September 1908

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Brixworth Hall, Brixworth, Northamptonshire

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 2 January 1990

Place or Registered Place of Death: Kensington, London

Father: Thomas Guy Frederick Paget

Mother: Emma Bettine Des Voeux

Spouse(s): Sybil Helen Gibbons

Date of Marriage: 1931 - September Quarter

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Cuckfield, Sussex


The Times - August 4, 1931
Forthcoming Marriages
Mr. R. Paget and Mrs. Seeley
A marriage has been arranged between Reginald, eldest son of Major and Mrs. Guy Paget, and Sybil, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Clifford Gibbons and Mrs. Gibbons.

In 1931, he married Sybil Helen Gibbons (Nancy), daughter of Sills Clifford Gibbons. They occupied Lubenham Lodge near Market Harborough from 1964.

Reginald Thomas Guy Des Voeux Paget, QC (1947), MP, of Ibstock, Leics, and Lubenham Lodge, Market Harborough, Lord of the Manors of Ibstock and Lubenham, served in WW II as Lt RNVR (invalided 1943), Barrister-at-law, ...

Reginald Thomas Guy Des Voeux Paget, Baron Paget of Northampton, PC, QC, (2 September 1908 – 2 January 1990), also known as Reginald Guy Thomas Du Voeux Paget was a British lawyer and Labour politician.

The son of Major Thomas Guy Frederick Paget, he was Member of Parliament (MP) for Northampton from 1945 to 1974. He was advocate of Erich von Manstein and later author of "Manstein: His Campaigns and His Trial" (1957). He was also a strong opponent of the execution of Derek Bentley.

Paget was both Privy Counsellor and Queen's Counsel. On 2 January 1975, he was created a life peer as Baron Paget of Northampton, of Lubenham in the County of Leicestershire.

Biographical Dictionary of European Labour Leaders
PAGET, Reginald Thomas (1908-1990). Born on 2 September, 1908. the son of Major T. Guy Paget, a former MP (Conservative) for Market Harborough; educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, studying law and economics: married Sybil Seely (1931): Barrister (1934), King's Counsel (1947); achieved legal prominence as leading counsel for Field Marshal von Manstein at one of the last of German War Crimes trials; served as Lieutenant Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (1940-43): invalided out of the services; contested Northampton (unsuccessfully) for Labour (1935) but was successful in the election of 1945, being re-elected until 1974; regarded as an independent parliamentary voice; a major figure in the campaign to abolish capital punishment: Hon. Secretary of the UK Council of the European Movement (1954); created Life Peer (1974). publications included Manstein: Campaigns and Trial (1951); co-authored with S. Silverman (q.v.), Hanged and Innocent? (1958); The Human Journey (1979). See also The Times, 4 January, 1990.

Execution: One Man's Life and Death - By John Mervyn Cullwick Pugh
The Trial of William Arthur Watkins
Reginald Thomas Paget (later Baron, Lord Paget of Northampton) was in 1951 not only a King's Counsel but a Member of Parliament. He was one of the post-war political lawyers. He became Labour M.P. for Northampton in the Labour landslide of 1945, and a K.C. in 1947. In 1951 he was forty-two, and at that age one of the youngest silks. In 1953, jointly with the late Mr Sidney Silverman, he wrote a book entitled Hanged-and Innocent? He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. When asked to help with this book, he wrote, "This sounds a heartless thing to say, but I have no recollection at all of this case. I always hated murder trials and tried to put them out of my mind. In this case I seem to have been too successful".

Lieutenant Reginald Guy Thomas Bentinck Des Voeux Paget
Baron Paget of Northampton