Birth: 14 March 1832

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Downhead, Somerset

Baptism: 9 May 1832

Place of Baptism: St. James, East Cranmore, Somerset

Death: 3 February 1908 - Aged 75

Place or Registered Place of Death: Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore, Somerset

Date of Burial: 8 February 1908

Place of Burial: St. James, East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

Father: John Moore Paget

Mother: Elizabeth Jane Doveton

Spouse(s): Caroline Isabel Surtees

Date of Marriage: 13 November 1866

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Ayott St. Peter's, Hatfield, Hertfordshire


Richard Arthur Surtees Paget (1869-1955)
Freville John Moore Paget (1870-1880)
Aletheia Georgina Paget (1872-1904)
Hylda Snow Paget (1874-1949)
Dorothy Mary Paget (1876-1953)
Geoffrey Moore Paget (1881-1941)


Library of the University of Bristol
The Paget papers had been boxed up and stored at Cranmore Hall since 1932 as an intended deposit by Sir Richard Paget (1869-1950). He is remembered as the inventor of signing for the deaf and dumb (to use the terminology of the day), but he had also researched widely into language acquisition. In fact, their transfer had to await the return of the archivist, George Maby, from military service in 1945. They comprise family papers of all kinds, as well as local records, many of which had been brought together by Sir Richard Horner Paget (1832-1908), who had been MP in turn for East Somerset, Mid Somerset and Wells, and was a busy figure in the County. There is local material on Doulting and Cranmore, and on Somerset generally, as well as much information about the Pagets and their connections by marriage. The earlier documents, dating from the mid thirteenth century, relate mainly to Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.

Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Horner Paget, 1st Bt. gained the title of 1st Baronet Paget, of Cranmore Hall, Somerset.

Sir Richard Horner Paget, 1st Bt (UK), so created 6 March 1886, PC (1895), of Cranmore Hall, JP, DL; born 14 March 1832; 66th Regt, Lt-Col 3rd Bn Somerset Vols, Chm QS and CC Somerset, MP E Somerset 1865-68, mid-Somerset 1868-85 and Wells 1885-95; married 13 Nov 1866 Caroline Isabel (died 29 July 1946), 2nd daughter of Henry Edward Surtees, of Redworth Hall, Co Durham (see BLG 1965), and Dane End, Herts

The Times - February 4, 1908
Paget. - On the 3rd inst., at Cranmore Hall, Somerset, the Rt. Honble. Sir Richard Horner Paget, Bart., in his 76th year. No flowers, by request.


1841 Census:

Parish Court, Lyncombe & Widcombe, Bath, Somerset
Richard was living with the Seers Family
Ann Pagett - 25 - 1816 - Somerset
John Pagett - 25 - 1816 - Somerset
Richard Pagett - 8 - 1833 - Somerset

1871 Census:

Lowndes Square, St Luke Chelsea
Richard H. Paget - Head - 39 - Landowner, Magistrate, M.P. - East Cranmore, Somerset
Caroline I. Paget - Wife - 23 - Little Munden, Herts
Richard A.S. Paget - Son - 2 - East Cranmore
Friville J.M. Paget - Son - Under 8 Months - East Cranmore

1881 Census:

Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore, Somerset
Richard H. Paget - Head - 49 - M.P., Chairman in Session (Magistrate) - East Cranmore
Aletheia G. - Daughter - 8 - East Cranmore
Hylda S. - Daughter - 7 - East Cranmore
Dorothy M. - Daughter - 4 - London

1891 Census:

Cranmore Hall, Sleight Hill, East Cranmore, Somerset
Richard Horner Paget - Head - Married - 59 - Baronet, M.R.J.P.D.L. of Somerset, Living on own means - Downhead, Somerset

1901 Census:

Cranmore Hall, East Cranmore, Somerset
Richard Paget - Head - 69 - Privy Councillor, J.P. & D.L., Living on his own means
Caroline Paget - Wife - 58
Geoffrey Paget - Son - 19 - 2nd Lieut. Coldstream Guards - St Marylebone, London
Hylda Paget - Daughter - Single - 27 - Albermarle St, London
Dorothy Paget - Daughter - Single - 24 - St. Marylebone, London
Aletheia Bruce - Daughter - Married - 28 - East Cranmore
Gervase Bruce - Grandson - 2 - St. Marylebone, London

Sir Richard Horner Paget, 1st Bart.