Birth: 25 May 1768
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Loughborough, Leicestershire
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 5 February 1841
Place or Registered Place of Death: Leicester, Leicestershire
Place of Burial: Great Meeting Presbyterian, Leicester, Leicestershire
Father: Joseph Paget
Mother: Mary Harding
Date of Marriage:
1. 18 February 1795
2. Before 1808
Place or Registered Place of Marriage:
1. St. Nicholas', Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
2. Not Known
Marriage to Harriett Oldknow:
Thomas Paget (1796-1875)
Marriage to Elizabeth Byng:
Thomas was a surgeon and Apothocary.
Music and Friends - Volume 1 - by William Gardiner - Extract from
Mr. Paget, sen., surgeon in Leicester, with whom I have had the pleasure of being intimately acquainted since I was twelve years of age, is son of the late Joseph Paget, Esq., of Loughborough. The house of Paget and Sons, in Loughborough, was known in the commercial world as the most eminent manufacturers of hosiery and lace in the county. My friend, at Leicester, when young, was an active member of the philosophical society called the "Adelphi;" but we lost his valuable assistance on his repairing to London to finish his medical education. He was a pupil under Dr. Fordyce and Mr. Cline, whom he has often described as sound and learned lecturers. In the hospitals he formed an acquaintance with a fellow-student of his own age, of whom he always predicted that he would become great in his profession, now the eminent Sir Astley Cooper. On Mr. Paget's return to Leicester he was received into partnership by Mr. Mason, and, after some time, elected surgeon to the Leicester Infirmary. In this institution he exhibited a skill in lithotomy and cases of cataract, that brought him many patients from the surrounding counties. After filling the office for upwards of thirty years, on his resignation he received a vote of thanks most handsomely conveyed by his Grace the Duke of Rutland, as chairman of the anniversary meeting. He was succeeded by his son in that important situation. Mr. Paget first introduced into this country the practice of dilating the pupil with extract of belladonna, previous to operations on the eye, and now so generally employed for the examination of parts posterior to the iris. Since this period Mr. Paget has enjoyed the otium cum dignitate, and no one has contributed more by his hospitality to keep up a social harmonious feeling in the town. In science and the spread of knowledge he has even displayed more than a common degree of liberality; and, I may add, in those indications of musical talent which have presented themselves to me as worthy of encouragement, my friend has at all times been the first to offer his munificent assistance. Mr. Paget's ancestors first settled at Norwich, upon the expulsion of the Huguenots from France, and laid the foundation of some part of that manufactory. One of the family, Humphrey Paget, afterwards purchased a valuable estate at Ibstock, in Leicestershire, which, through a long period, has been noted for its high state of cultivation. The present families, like their ancestors, have shown unrivalled skill both in agriculture and manufactures. The late Mr. Paget, of Ibstock, and Mr. Bakewell, of Dishley, were the first persons who turned their attention to improvements in the breeding of sheep and cattle, and treated the matter so scientifically, that they acquired a celebrity all over Europe.
When Mr. Paget retired from business, and took up his residence at Scraptoft Hall, near Leicester, a public sale was announced of his flocks and herds at Ibstock, which attracted the attention of all the first breeders in the empire; and the prices at which they were sold will at once give an idea of their great superiority. As far as I can recollect the sheep were put up in lots of five, and sold for the enormous sum of three hundred guineas ; and some lots, that were thought more prime, fetched three hundred and fifty. The heifers were about seventy or eighty guineas each; and his bull, Garrick, sold for four hundred guineas. The owner informed me that his whole stock realized five thousand pounds more than he expected. He brought forward Mr. Elkington, who had made a discovery in the mode of draining land, and introduced him to his friend, Francis Duke of Bedford, who obtained for Elkington a handsome reward from government. Mr. Paget was a member of the Whig Club, a firm supporter of civil and religious liberty, a friend to the spread of knowledge, and a great encourager of talent in all rural affairs.
February 5th 1841,
He was the father of Thomas and Alfred Paget. He lived in High Street and afterwards in Friars' Causeway.
The Will of Thomas Paget
Harriet Paget (First wife)
Thomas Paget - "only child" by first wife
Thomas Paget of Humberstone, Leicester - Cousin
Alfred Paget - "only son" by the second wife Elizabeth Paget. (Edward must have died in infancy)
Elizabeth Paget (Second wife)
Clara Paget (Cousin)
The will was proved in London on 27th February 1841.