William Paget, 5th Baron Paget

William Paget, 5th Baron Paget (13 September 1609 19 October 1678) was an English peer. He was born at Beaudesert House Staffordshire, England to William Paget, 4th Baron Paget and Lettice Knollys.


He was a Parliamentarian with land in Buckinghamshire. At the outbreak of the English Civil War in 1641, he was made the Parliamentarian Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire. However the following year he swapped sides to become a Royalist under King Charles I and so was dismissed from that role and replaced by Philip Wharton, 4th Baron Wharton.


On 28 June 1632 Paget married Lady Frances Rich, daughter of Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland and Isabel Cope. From 1637 to 1643 they lived at 43 King Street, Covent Garden. William and Frances had ten children:

  1. William Paget, 6th Baron Paget (10 February 1637 – 25 February 1713) married (1) Frances Pierrepont (2) Isabella Irby
  2. Henry Paget (born c. 1643) married (1) 29 March 1684 Mary O'Rorke, daughter of Hugh O'Rorke and Joan Reynolds, (2) Mary or Anne Sandford, or vice versa, and had by Mary O'Rorke:
    1. Brigadier General Thomas Paget (died 1741), Governor of Menorca, married Mary Whitcombe; their daughter Caroline Paget (died 7 February 1766) married in 1737 Sir Nicholas Bayly, 2nd Baronet
  3. Thomas Paget (born c. 1645)
  4. Isabella Paget (born c. 1647)
  5. Lettice Paget (born c. 1649) married Richard Hampden
  6. Elizabeth Paget (born c. 1651)
  7. Frances Paget (born c. 1653) married Rowland Hunt
  8. Penelope Paget (born c. 1655) married Philip Foley. They are ancestors of Charles Darwin.
  9. Diana Paget (born c. 1657 died 1707) married Henry Ashhurst
  10. Anne Paget (born c. 1659)


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Pembroke
Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire
Succeeded by
The Lord Wharton
Peerage of England
Preceded by
William Paget
Baron Paget
Succeeded by
William Paget

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