Birth: 30 December 1778
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Ibstock, Leicestershire
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 25 November 1862 - Aged 83
Place or Registered Place of Death: Humberstone Hall, Leicestershire
Date of Burial: 5 December 1862
Place of Burial: Ibstock, Leicestershire
Father: Thomas Paget
Mother: Mary Clare
Spouse(s): Anne Pares
Date of Marriage: 18 February 1807
Place or Registered Place of Marriage: St. Mary's , Leicester, Leicestershire
The Gentleman's Magazine - March 1863
Thomas Paget, Esq., Of Humberstone.
Nov. 25, 1862. At Humberstone, aged 83, Thomas Paget, Esq., formerly M.P. for Leicestershire.
The deceased, who was the only son of Thomas Paget, Esq., by the daughter of Mr. Clare, of Ibstock, was born on the 30th of December, 1778. His father was long an eminent cattle-breeder, and a contemporary of Mr. Bakewell, of Dishley; but somewhat later in life he joined Mr. Pares in the establishment of a bank in Leicester, which was carried on under the designation of Messrs. Pares, Paget, and Co., on the premises in the Friar-lane now occupied by the Leicester Building Society. In this establishment his son commenced his career, and on the decease of his father in the year 1813 (at a good old age, and being the oldest name in the commission of the peace for the county), he took his place in the firm.
Before this period, however, Mr. Paget had made himself remarkable by the avowal of Liberal (then termed Jacobin) opinions, and, as occasion offered, he came forward more than once to disconcert the "jobs" for which the corporation of Leicester were then somewhat notorious. A speech of his, delivered in January, 1822, in opposition to a proposed act for lighting, paving, and watching tho town, which as he considered would impose burdens on the rate-payers that could well be met out of the corporate property, was followed up by a series of letters in the "Leicester Chronicle," which attracted great attention, and did much to shake the power of the self-elected corporation. Threats of prosecution for libel were disregarded by him, and for some years he continued to urge both municipal and parliamentary reform with a perseverance that nothing could tire out, and a courage that no amount of opposition could daunt.
In 1830 Mr. Paget was invited to offer himself as a candidate for Leicestershire; he was defeated, but he was neither dishonoured nor discouraged, and on the dissolution of Parliament early in the next year he was returned without opposition along with the late Mr. Charles March Phillipps. He sat in Parliament rather more than a year. He made his first speech in the House on June 27,1831, on the Corporate Funds Bill, in which he gave an account of corporate doings in Leicester, and spoke with animation and effect. He was diligent in his attendance to the duties of his post, being present at all the discussions upon the Reform Bill, and giving his votes for the passing of that measure on every discussion. In the month of August, 1832, however, Mr. Paget resigned his seat, having seen accomplished two great objects of his political life,-the overthrow of the system of aristocratic domination, and the obtainment of a Reform Bill.
When the Municipal Corporations Reform Bill became law, the Leicester reformers naturally turned their eyes on Mr. Paget. He was accordingly elected mayor by the new corporation on the 1st of January, 1836, and he served a second term of office in 1837; but in the following years he took a less active part than be had heretofore done in local and general politics, though he occasionally presided at public meetings, and he was never lukewarm in affording help to all popular movements which he felt he could consistently encourage. When, however, the Chartist movement was initiated, and a line of policy was taken inconsistent with the liberal but not revolutionary views that he had always avowed, Mr. Paget held aloof from the proceedings of its promoters. He never had professed any confidence in universal suffrage, and therefore would not join in the demand for that measure. He had sought a Reform in Parliament which should give the people a voice in the Government, and he conceived the Reform Bill bad done that so satisfactorily that it might well be left to work out its legitimate effects, before any further attempt was made in the same direction. This exposed him to some obloquy from anonymous and unscrupulous assailants, but these never damaged his character with any whose good opinion was of value. As his years increased, he gradually withdrew from business, and he made his last appearance in public as the chairman at a dinner given to John D. Harris, Esq., in May, 1859, when he delivered a speech of great power, in which he dwelt on the benefits which had accrued from the passing of the Reform Bill and the Municipal Reform Bill, and the repeal of the Corn Laws. He was then in his eighty-first year, yet he spoke with the ease of a man much his junior, and in a spirit of unabated attachment to his political principles-congratulating those who sat around him on their complete success, but in a tone conciliatory to all parties; for when the political battle was over, no one was more willing than he to "shake hands" with an honest opponent.
Mr. Paget married in 1807, Anne, daughter of John Pares, Esq., of the Newarke, Leicester, and the jubilee of their wedding-day was made a public event in the town. By this lady he leaves two sons-Thomas Tertius Paget, Esq., the elder son, a partner in the banking concern since the year 1839; and John Paget, Esq., barrister-at-law, of the Middle Temple, who has a considerable practice at the Parliamentary Bar, and who is known by his contributions to legal works and to periodical literature.
Unitarian Members of Parliament in the Nineteenth Century
D. W. Bebbington
Professor of History, University of Stirling
30 Dec. 1778 - 25 Nov. 1862
MP (Whig) for Leicestershire, 1831-32
Banker, of Paget and Kirby, and landowner, family having lived at Ibstock, Leics, under Henry VI. First mayor, for 2 terms, of reformed corporation of Leicester, 1835 and 1836. Urged parliamentary reform, Catholic emancipation, corn law repeal, abolition of church rates, and redress of Dissenting grievances. Unsuccessfully contested Leicestershire, 1830. Being imbued from his earliest years with the great principles of Civil and Religious Liberty, to which his family had long been attached, he ever remained their consistent and zealous advocate in days of doubt and danger. On achievement of parliamentary reform, „he retired into that private life which he ever preferred. (Bebbington, p. 194). Of Humberstone, Leicester; and Ibstock House, Ashby-de-la-Zouche, Leics.
Member of Great Meeting, Leicester, where commemorated by wall monument reproduced in D. W. Bebbington et al. (ed.), Protestant Nonconformist Texts 3: The Nineteenth Century (Aldershot, Hants, 2006), pp. 193-4.
I, 29 Nov. 1862, p. 842.
1836 1 Jan. THOMAS PAGET, (Banker).
Mayors of Leicester
Elected since the passing of the Municipal Reform Act in 1835.
A member of a very old Leics. family long seated at Ibstock, being the eldest son of Thomas Paget by his wife Mary, daughter of Wm. Clare of Ibstock. He was born 30 December 1778, married 18 February 1807 Ann, daughter of John Pares of the Newarke, Leic., by whom, who died in 1838, he had issue two sons.
Mr. Paget was a prominent townsman and a banker.
He was returned to the council of the reformed corporation 26 December 1835 for Middle St. Margaret's Ward, was elected the first mayor under the new regime 1 January 1836, an office which he filled until 9 November 1837, appointed a J.P. 1836 and an alderman in 1841. In 1831 he sat in Parliament for the southern division of the county. He died at his residence, Humberstone HaIl, 25 November and was buried at Ibstock 5 December 1862, aged eighty,four. M.L there. Will, dated 16 June 1860, was proved at Leic. 23 December 1862. Personal estate and effects sworn under £140,000. Real estate not included.
Arms of Paget of Ibstock and Leic.:-Sable, on a cross engrailed argent, a crescent for difference, in the dexter chief an escallop of the second. Crest :-A lion rampant proper, resting his sinister paw on an escutcheon argent.
only son of Thomas Paget Esquire of Ibstock,
and Mary Clare his wife.
Born at Ibstock Dec' 30th 1778,
Died at his residence at Humberstone Novr 25th 1862.
He married the 18th of Feb 1807,
Anne, second daughter of John Pares Esqre
of the Newarket Leicester and Hopwell Hall
in the County of Derby
Being imbued from his earliest years with the great principles of Civil and Religious Liberty, to which his family had long been attached he ever remained their consistent and zealous advocate in days of doubt and danger. Consistent as a Politician, Eminent as an Agriculturalist, beloved as a Landlord, and possessing the devoted affection of his family and friends, he was unanimously elected by the freeholders of his native county to represent them as one of the Knights of this Shire in Parliament on the 11th of May 1831.
Faithful to his trust he never wearied until he had assisted in the achievement of the Second Charter of his Country's freedom, when on the subsequent division of this County, he retired into that private life which he ever preferred.
He lived to witness the fruits of that great Measure, and on the passing of the Municipal Reform Act he was again called from retirement, and twice una .imously elected Mayor of this Borough in testimony of the respect and gratitude of its burgesses, earned by a long and active life spent in the immediate neighbourhood of their Town, in close and intimate connection with its commercial and social interests which it was ever his aim and happiness to promote.
By those whose day upon earth has by his death been turned into night, but who still await in humble hope the dawn of that heaven, where sorrow and separation shall be no more, this marble is erected to the memory of the best and kindest of Fathers, the tenderest and most affectionate of Husbands, the generous friend of the poor and oppressed, and the dauntless protector of the injured and the innocent.
Quis desiderio sit pudor aut modus
Tarn cari capitis? + + +
Cui pudor et justitiae soror
Incorrupta fides, nudaque veritas.
Quanoo ullum inveniet parem?
Shield, crest and motto :
Espere et persevere."
S. BARFIELD, Sculptor Welford Road, Leicester
Leicester Road, Humberstone, Leicestershire
Thomas Paget - Head - Married - 72 - Landed Proprietor and Banker - Ibstock, Leicestershire
Anne Paget - Wife - 66 - 1785 - Leicestershire
Thomas Tertius Paget - Son - 43 - Banker at Leicester - Leicestershire
Katherine Geraldine Paget - Sons Wife - 28 - 1823 - Rownham, Somerset
Thomas Paget - Head - Married - 82 - 1779 - Landed Proprietor and Banker - Ibstock, Leicestershire
Anne Paget - Wife - Married - 76 - 1785 - Leicester
Thomas Tertius Paget - Son - Married - 53 - 1808 - Landed Proprietor and Banker - Leicester