Birth: 7 July 1766
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Cranmore Hall, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 9 December 1794 - Aged 28
Place or Registered Place of Death: East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Date of Burial: 12 December 1794
Place of Burial: St. James, East Cranmore, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Father: Richard Paget
Mother: Mary Moore
Oxford University Alumni
Paget, Richard, s. Richard, of East Cranmore, Somerset, gent. Magdalen Coll., matric. 29 July, 1780, aged 14; demy 1780-94, B.A. 1784, M.A. 1787, curate of East Cranmore, died 9 Dec., 1794.
Censura Literaria - by Sir Egerton Brydges
The Rev. Richard Paget, of East-Cranmore, Co. Som. second son of Richard Paget, Esq. of that place, and Probationer-Fellow of Magdalen Coll. Ox. died 9 Dec. 1794, aged 28. " He was a young man of as amiable manners, as good abilities; amongst the small circle of his friends, his unassuming disposition, his easy manners, his various information, and even his little peculiarities, were sure to afford plea- sure. He was a man of refined taste, of much critical knowledge in the fine arts, a lover" (and it may truly be added a master) " of antiquarian knowledge, and sincerely attached to the church of England. He long laboured under the ravages of a consumption, which cut him off in the prime of life." He was a very able correspondent of the Gentleman's Magazine, in which his contributions may be known by his initials, R. P. Gent. Mag. Vol. 64, p. 1157, 65, p. 99.
The Gentleman's Magazine - 1795
The following biographical sketch of your late occasional correspondent, the Rev. Richard Paget, will not, I trust, be deemed too uninteresting to be allowed to occupy a part of your instructive page.
The Rev. R. P. was the second (surviving) son of R. P. esq. of East Cranmore hall, co. Somerset. He was born in the month of July, 1766; elected Demi of St. Mary Magdalen college in July, 1780, on the nomination of his late uncle Robert Paget, esq. LL. D. Fellow of that Society; took his degrees of B.A. and M.A. and afterwards entered into holy orders; was elected Probationer Fellow of his college at the July election in 1794, the Somerset Fellowship being then vacant by the marriage of the Rev. Richard Goldesborough; deceased Dec. 9, 1794. From his childhood he manifested disposition for literature and the polite arts; and (as I have been informed by one of the family} rude attempts at drawing with chalk, or sometimes with a pencil, was his favourite employ when scarcely removed from infancy; and when at school, to which he was sent early, his amusements were of a totally different call from those of his companions; for, he was scarcely ever known to take a part in the common school diversions; and, when only ten or eleven years old, commenced his literary course, by borrowing a MS account of the cathedral church of Wells; and over this MS, I have heard him say, he has spent many an hour whilst others were intent
“To chase the rolling circle's speed,
Or urge the flying ball” Grey
When about twelve or thirteen, he began to take church notes, and to read such Antiquarian and other scientific books as his father's library produced, or he could otherwise procure; and, from this period to the end of his life, his various studies were as unremittingly pursued as his ill health would permit. He was well versed in the Gothick at well as Greek and Roman style of architecture, as a variety of his elevations and designs sufficiently testify. His ability and accuracy in drawing are acknowledged, and are abundantly proved by the specimens of his attainments in this way which he has left behind him. His faculty of drawing from memory was extraordinary; any face which he had lately seen his pencil could strongly delineate, and especially if there was any room for applying, in a slight degree, the powers of caricature. The exactness with which he could draw his own countenance and manner were also remarkable. With broad caricature he would sometimes entertain himself and his friends; and there are some few things of the fort, etched by himself, which have been for some years before the publick,. Of prints and paintings, and the sister art of statuary, he was also an excellent judge. In heraldry and genealogy his proficiency and critical ability was very great; insomuch, that there were few armorial bearings which he could not at first sight appropriate, and few deviations from propriety in the application of the science which he could not readily point out; and in this science of heraldry his knowledge of drawing and colouring was of singular use, as it enabled him to apply the practical part always with perspicuity, and, when he pleased, with splendour. In music his acquirements were of a superior kind ; and, both as in amateur and performer, his critical knowledge and practical skill were such at to do him much credit. His instrument was the violin. Mr. P. was also a diligent Antiquary, and was well acquainted with all the works of any note which have been published on Antiquarian subjects. He likewise paid much attention to natural history, and had collected various specimens of plants, mosses, shells, &c. With the Latin and Greek languages he had a competent acquaintance, but of the modern European languages he spoke none except his own, though he could read French and some Italian. Of antient and modern history he was well informed, and particularly of the history of his own country. His reading in divinity was extensive; and his religious opinions were, on the fullest conviction, truly and firmly orthodox: it is almost needless to add, that his king, his country, and that ecclesiastical establishment of which he was a member, had his most fervent good wishes for their prosperity and welfare. But, nothing was more remarkable in his literary character than the extreme and scrupulous accuracy with which he copied inscriptions or other remains of antiquity, and with which he scrutinized and detected inaccuracies in books. The various information, which by his assiduity and study he had acquired, he was ever ready to impart; and, according to circumstances of time and place, would discuss in abstruse point of divinity, or detail an anecdote from page 45 of the facetious Joe Miller. Such is the faithful but rapid sketch of the life and literary attainments of a man whose natural genius and application were such as to promise a considerable accession of strength to the cause of religion, of literature, and of the polite arts; but, for many years (I think I have heard him say eight or ten), he was at times dreadfully afflicted with an excruciating disorder, for which he could obtain no remedy from the advice of the most eminent of the faculty whom he consulted, and which by degrees undermined and destroyed his constitution. In the University he had formed many very valuable and most respectable connexions, who sincerely lament the loss of their much esteemed friend; but no one will remember him longer, or with more regret, than
Yours, &c. Oxoniensis.
Rev. Richard Paget