Birth: 1 March 1803

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Plas-Newydd, Anglesey, Wales

Baptism: 29 March 1803

Place of Baptism: St. Mary, St. Marylebone Rd., St. Marylebone, London, Middlesex

Death: 17 May 1873

Place or Registered Place of Death: Not Known

Father: Henry William Paget

Mother: Caroline Elizabeth Villiers

Spouse(s): Frances de Rottenburg

Date of Marriage: 22 January 1827

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Walcot Church, Bath, Somerset


Male Paget (1828-1828)
William Henry Paget (1829-1904)
Frederick George Charles Paget (1831-1866)
Charles Augustus Francis Paget (1832-1864)


Captain Lord William Paget gained the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy.

Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 21 - March 1827
22. At Bath, Lord William Paget, second son of the Marquis of Anglesey, to Fanny, only daughter of Lieut.-General Sir Francis de Rottenburg, K.C.H.

Salisbury and Winchester Journal - 29 January 1827
On Monday last was married, at Walcot Church, Bath, by the Venerable the Archdeacon of Bath, Lord William Paget, R.N. 2d son of the Most Noble the Marquis of Lansdowne, to Fanny, only daughter of Lieut-General Sir Francis de Rottenburg.

Bell's Weekly Messenger, No. 1839, Sunday, July 3, 1831
A Court martial was held on board his Majesty's Caledonia, at Spithead, on Wednesday, the 29th ult. for the trial of the Right Hon. Lord Wm. Paget, Captain of his Majesty's ship Winchester, on charges preferred against him by John Ayscough, Esq. Captain in his Majesty's Navy, and late Commissoner for Naval Affairs at Bermuda, viz:—For forcibly ejecting him from the cabin allotted to him by Vice-Admiral Colpoys, Commander-in Chief on the West India and North American stations, to accommodate a lady and her child, to whom Lord Wm. Paget had given a passage; and also for disrespectful and unofficer-like conduct to him during the passage to England. William Parker, Esq. Rear-Admiral of the Blue, was President.

The Court having assembled, the names of the witnesses were called over, and the order for holding the Court-martial was read, and the members of the Court were sworn, when the prosecutor delivered the following address:

"Mr. President and gentlemen of this Honourable Court,—My legal adviser having examined the witnesses on whose testimony I relied, and having intimated to me that there is not sufficient evidence to support the charges against Captain Lord William Paget, I feel myself bound, as an officer and a man of honour, to make a declaration of that as early as possible, and to state that I shall not take up the time of this honourable Court unnecessarily by calling witnesses, nor put his lordship to the trouble of entering upon his defence. I should not have troubled this honourable Court to assemble had I been aware of the circumstance of a material witness not being able to prove a fact on which the whole case rests, and which, on account of his absence, I have only been able to ascertain since I came on board his Majesty's ship Caledonia this morning. This explanation will, I trust, be satisfactory to this honourable Court."

The Court was then cleared, and on its being re-opened, Lord Wm. Paget was informed of the resolution of the Court.

The Court agreed that the charges had not been proved against the Right Hon. Lord William Paget, and did adjudge him to be fully acquitted of all the charges and every part thereof; and the Court deemed it necessary to express their regret that an officer of: Captain Ayscough's rank and standing in the service, should have brought forward charges of a nature so seriously affecting the character of an officer in his Majesty's service, without having, according to his own statement, any evidence to prove the facts.

And the President, on delivering Lord Wm. Paget his sword, addressed him as follows:—

"My Lord William Paget, it gives me great pleasure to return you your sword, which has always been worn by you with great credit; and I am most happy in being enabled to inform you that the Court consider no blame whatever can attach to your. lordship; but that, on the contrary, your character and reputation in the service remains as unsullied in every respect as it ever has done; nor can any man living ever impute to you the least blame on account of these proceedings."

The Annual Register of World Events - 1844
27. Lord William Paget V. Earl Of Cardigan. (crim. Con.)- An action for criminal conversation, brought by Lord William Paget against the Earl of Cardigan, commenced to-day. The Court of Common Pleas . was crowded in every part by persons anxious to witness the proceedings. The plaintiff's counsel were, Sir Thomas Wilde, Mr. Sergeant Talfourd, and Mr Wordsworth ; the defendant's, the Solicitor-General, Mr. Sergeant Channell, and Mr. Peacock.

The plaintiff's case, as stated by Sir Thomas Wilde, and developed in the evidence, was this. Lord William Paget is the second son of the Marquess of Anglesey, and is connected with some of the noblest families in the kingdom. In 1827 he was married to Frances, the daughter of General de Rottenburg, then very young. On Friday, the 4th of August last, Lady William Paget came to town, to a house recently taken by her husband, in Queen-street, May Fair: for what reason she came was not stated. On Saturday morning, John Thomas, Lord William's valet, took a letter from Lady William to the Earl of Cardigan. On the same day Lord William Paget caused his valet, John Thomas, to place a person named Winter under a sofa in the back drawing-room; Lord William bringing his wife into the front drawing-room, and leaving her there. Lord Cardigan visited the house, and saw Lady William Paget; but the folding-doors between the two drawing-rooms were shut, and Winter was not sufficiently certain of what passed to depose to it,-though, related to Lord William Paget, it served to confirm his suspicions. On the Sunday Thomas again took a letter to the Earl, who paid a visit late in the afternoon. Winter had again been placed under the sofa. On this occasion one of the folding-doors was opened by Lady William Paget herself; and Winter's evidence as to what then occurred formed the whole ground of the present action. Minor points in his account consisted of scraps of conversation which he overheard at that interview, in the course of which Lady William Paget solicited Lord Cardigan's interest in procuring promotion in the Post Office for some person. The Earl said that he was not in the good graces of the present Ministry; but she pressed him, saying that it would make Lord William in a good humour. Lord Cardigan staid two hours. In ten minutes after he left the house. Winter had told his tale to Lord William Paget; for Thomas had fetched his master: he knew where to find him-in a cab in Berkeley-square. Lord William was very much excited: his wife did not, as she intended, go to dine with the Duchess of Richmond; and after that day a blackness was observed about her eye. Lord William slept on the Sunday night in Thomas's room.

The cross-examination was long and searching; and it brought some material facts to light. Thomas, the valet, could not say whether or not Lord William gave him the letter to Lord Cardigan on the Saturday: it was given to him when Lord and Lady William were together. The husband and wife went on the Saturday evening to the Italian Opera, in Lord Cardigan's box ; they slept together that night; Thomas could not say whether Lord William did not return to his own bed on the Monday night; Lady William went down to Portsmouth in a day or two, and Lord William followed her. Winter, by his own account, was a very indifferent character; and yet he was on a curious footing of intimacy with Lord William Paget : he had dined with his Lordship "two or three times, in an accidental sort of way." He had been clerk to Mr. Samuel Bamford Hamer, at whose table he sometimes waited. At Mr. Hamer's he often saw Mr. Cassidy (the "caterer" in the notorious affair at Paris); and he had seen Mr. Cassidy and Lord William there together. After leaving Mr. Hamer at his own desire, Winter was employed by Mr. Bartlett, an attorney, who has since charged him with embezzling a bill of exchange; which bill Lord William seems to have claimed, but not recovered, though Winter told him in whose hands it was. Winter also took some letters out of Mr. Hamer's desk, and gave them to Miss Bellew (the heroine of the Paris affair): "Miss Bellew sent for me and talked me over; and, as I knew Mr. Hamer's intentions were not very honourable, and Mr. Cassidy made me many promises, I promised to procure them for her." For some time, until the day before the one fixed for the trial in December last, Winter received £1 a week from Mr. Bebb, the plaintiff's attorney; he asked two guineas for swearing to an affidavit, but Mr. Bebb turned indignantly from him. He would not deny that he had given different versions of his story. He did not appear at the Central Criminal Court, because he had not been subpoenaed, and he did not think that he had been well used. He had promised to pay a creditor of his own after the trial at the Central Criminal Court, as he expected to have money then; and he expected to have money now. The coat and waistcoat he now had on had been given him by Lord William Paget. Evidence was also extracted from the witnesses respecting Lord William's conduct as a husband. Thomas said that his master staid for six or seven months at the White Bear, in Piccadilly, where one night he introduced a female, whom the waiter had privately to let out of the house; and for months before that he lodged at Dubourg's in the Haymarket. The witness never saw Lord William "behave in an unmanly manner" towards his wife, but he had heard him use abusive language towards her. The Duke of Richmond, who was called as a witness by the plaintiff (his brother-in-law) on this point, said that at times Lord William showed great attention to the lady; but his absences were frequent and long. The Duchess of Richmond still continued on terms of intimacy with Lady William Paget.

The defence of the Solicitor-General consisted of comments on this cross-examination. He dwelt on the improbability of Winter's account, and on the character of the witness. He pointed to the unexplained fact, that Lady William had been brought up to town the very day before Winter was employed. He insisted that Winter was set, not to discover any thing, but merely to say that he had discovered something. After the abortive trial at the Central Criminal Court, Winter went to the office of Mr. Powell, Lord Cardigan's attorney; but of course no attempt was made to buy him off. Not the smallest familiarity between the accused parties could have passed to excite Lord William's suspicion; for if such familiarity could have been proved, that point would not have been neglected. He utterly denied the charge; and asserted that the object of the action was to extort money from a wealthy nobleman, unpopular with the public.

Without waiting for Chief Justice Tindal to sum up, and without retiring, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant. Loud cheers hailed the announcement.

The Courier (Hobart, Tasmania) - Friday 15 July, 1842
Lord William Paget and Miss Bellew

Lord William Paget's Statement.

"If I have deferred till the present moment to circulate any refutation of the infamous calumnies which have been published against Lady William Paget and myself, in various newspapers, it is not because I have been regardless of public opinion or indifferent to the just censure of the respectable portion of the public press, but because I have observed through life, that exactly in proportion as both are hasty to condemn in the first instance, and upon ex parte statements, so, in the end, they are sure to do ample justice to all parties ; and for this reason alone I determined to await all the attacks with which I was threatened, and then to state (as concisely as possible) the true facts of the case, in so far as I know them, and which I here beg leave to do.

"On or about the 6th of January, Mr. Cassidy, whom I had known intimately for a considerable period, and who had always represented himself to me, and whom I believed to be, the son (or nephew, I forget which) of Colonel Cassidy, of Her Majesty's service, and a man of independent circumstances, introduced Lady William Paget and myself to Miss Bellew, as a lady whose acquaintance he had made in Devonshire, and to whom he hoped and believed he was shortly to be married.

"He stated, and which was the fact, that she had arrived in London from Devonshire with him the day before, travelling with him in his carriage, accompanied by a Mr. and Mrs. Douglas, both of whom I had met in London two years ago, but whom I had never seen before or since that time, and whom Lady William had never seen in her life. A few days afterwards Miss Bellew invited us to dine with her at the Euston Hotel ; and after dinner, taking Lady William to her room, showed her a shawl and a set of jewels, which she said had been presented to her that day by Mr. Cassidy (by him estimated at £800,) but she observed that they had been accompanied by a letter from Mr. Cassidy proposing marriage to her, which she had rejected (not having known him sufficiently long,) and that she intended returning the presents.

"The following evening Miss Bellew announced to Lady William that she had been induced by Mr. Cassidy to withdraw her letter refusing his hand, and to retain the presents. Thus, it appeared to Lady William that nothing could be more clear than that at least Miss Bellew looked forward to the possibility, if not probability, of a marriage at some period or other with Mr. Cassidy. But Lady William took not the slightest interest in the matter.

"She had then seen Miss Bellew but twice in her life ; and although (from my having known Mr. Cassidy for a long period, and esteeming him exceedingly, and firmly believing him to be in every respect her equal,) I rejoiced myself at the prospect of his marrying so well. Lady William knew little of him either, and cared as little.

"But if there ever arose any doubts in the mind of Lady William as to the intention of Miss Bellew towards Mr. Cassidy, they were entirely removed (as well they might be, I think,) on hearing from Miss Bellew that she projected an excursion to Paris with him ; and on learning that she had proceeded to that capital, travelling with him in his carriage, as usual, accompanied, however, by Mr. and Mrs. Douglas, and who were the persons that introduced Mr. Cassidy to her in the first instance.

"A week afterwards I went to Paris, accompanied by Lady William and my sons. We were in the same hotel with Miss Bellew, and dined (that is, Lady William and myself) with her, at her particular invitation, during the only four days we were there together. Everything went on amicably. I thought I had never seen two lovers play their parts better (according to my humble notions of those matters,) when the denouement took place of Mr. Cassidy being found in Miss Bellew's bed-room. The next morning Miss Bellew sought refuge with Lady William, and proposed to her to take charge of and protect her.

"Many reasons prevailed with me for refusing to listen to such an arrangement. The first was, that Miss Bellew, being some years older than Lady William (and Lady William has a son thirteen years of age,) and appearing to me to be fully as well acquainted with the ways of the world, and Suite as capable of taking care of herself, I did not think she stood in need of any such protection; but, if she did, I naturally referred her to her particular friend Mrs. Douglas, who had originally introduced her to Mr. Cassidy, and with whom she had travelled from Devonshire to London, and from thence to Paris, and with whom she slated she had lived on terms of intimacy in Devonshire for nine months.

"Another trifling circumstance had also some little weight in deciding me, which was, that upon my remonstrating with Mr. Cassidy on the brutality and indecency of his conduct, he exculpated himself by placing in my hands a note, bearing the initials of Miss Bellew, making an assignation to receive him in her bed-room. Under these circumstances, I ventured to decline the honour proposed for Lady William, and Miss Bellew took her departure from Paris. I heard no further on the subject, until I learnt, by the public journals, that Lady William and myself had been engaged in inveigling a young heiress from Devonshire to Paris!

"Unfortunately, however, for the veracity of their informants, neither Lady William nor myself had been in Devonshire at all ; nor had either of us accompanied Miss Bellew to Paris, nor did we leave London for several days after her departure with Mr. Cassidy; nor had our original intention of visiting Paris the most remote reference to her, although, from the accidental circumstance of my detention in London, owing to the illness of two of my children, I unfortunately made her acquaintance, and thus became entangled with her and her friends in this affair. And, after all, our whole knowledge of this amiable young lady extends but to five days' acquaintance in London {if, indeed, such trifling intercourse as we had with her during so short a period can be called an acquaintance, and four days in Paris.

"The public, I think, will wonder that a young lady of rank and fortune (and with clean hands) should resort to the columns of the Satirist, instead of the laws of her country, to redress her wrongs and to establish her innocence. * * * * And here I may ask, had Miss B. no friends, no father, no uncle, no brother, no male relative to come forward, and bring to a just account, by some means or other, some one, at least, among those who have so wronged her ? It would appear she had not.

"It has always been quite clear to me what has I been the head and front of Lady William's offence and mine towards this young lady, namely, the rejection of her appeal to us for protection, under circumstances in which, I think, as a husband, I was fully justified. But even for this Lady William is not to blame (if blame there be,) for so utterly ignorant was she of my motives for declining to make her the future depositary of Miss Bellew's virtue; so entirely without a suspicion was she that Miss Bellew entertained any but the most friendly feelings towards her, that, unknown to me (and quite as a matter of course,) on her arrival in London, she wrote to know when and where she would see her. I do not feel called upon to make a single remark upon the conduct of any person connected with this affair but that of Lady W. and myself; but I cannot help declaring (which I most solemnly do) that I never saw, on the part of any of the famous conspirators, the slightest attempt to influence or control Miss Bellew in anything; or I anything but the greatest kindness shown to her; and without attempting to defend the conductor) Mr. Cassidy, I will say, that no man could receive the encouragement which he always received from Miss Bellew without having a right to suppose that she intended to become his wife. For my own part, I am quite ready to confess that I looked upon a marriage between Mr. Cassidy and Miss Bellew as so probable an event, and I believed the parties to be so equally matched in point of worldly position and circumstances, and both so fully aware of what they were doing, that if I did say or do anything which might have had a tendency to the furtherance of this object (but of which I am ignorant,) it was only in accordance with my feelings, and with my belief that there existed no grounds whatever against it ; and I am sure if I had been asked by Mr. Cassidy to do anything to forward it, I should unhesitatingly have done so. On the other hand, if Mr. Cassidy was himself aware of his impending bankruptcy (which does not at all follow as a matter of course,) or if any of the other parties mentioned were aware of it, which I do not believe, I can find no words to express my detestation and disgust at such atrocious villainy towards Miss B., as well as towards Lady William and myself. In conclusion, I shall only add, that every syllable which has been uttered or written, whether by Miss Bellew or her friends, to the prejudice of Lady William Paget and myself in regard to this affair, is a scandalous and infamous falsehood." - Sun, March 14.

Captain Lord William Paget