Thursday 23 November 2017


Henry Paget

Henry Paget was the 5th Marquess of Anglesey.

Upon the death of 'his father' in 1898, Henry Paget inherited the family estates in Staffordshire, Dorset, Anglesey and Derbyshire.

Henry Paget's annual income, in today's money, was £11 million per year.

In 1904, he was declared bankrupt.

He died at the age of 30.

Henry Paget

Henry Paget was supposed to be the eldest son of the 4th Marquess but there were rumours that his actual father was the French actor Benoît-Constant Coquelin.

Henry paget's wife Lilian reportedly had lesbian romances.

In 1898 Henry Paget married his cousin Lilian Florence Maud Chetwynd (1876–1962).

"On their honeymoon, when she stopped and gazed at a jeweller's window display in Paris, he went inside and bought the whole lot for her."


She walked out on him after just six weeks.

Plas Newydd, Paget's country house on Anglesey

Henry Paget was fond of dressing as a woman.

He had three valets.

A junior valet, a young Frenchman, Julien Gault, stole jewellery from Paget.

A Noble Tree With 'Strange Fruit!'

Henry Paget used his money to buy jewellery and furs, and to organise extravagant parties and flamboyant theatrical performances.

For three years Paget took his theatre company on tour around Britain and Europe.


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At 25 November 2017 at 14:09 , Blogger Kaivey said...

A crazy guy, it seems he was unhappy. To come out as a cross dresser back then was bit brave.

From wikipedia

Paget's outrageous and flamboyant lifestyle, his taste for cross-dressing, and the breakdown of his marriage, have led many to assume that he was gay. Writing in 1970, the homosexual reformer H. Montgomery Hyde characterised him as "[t]he most notorious aristocratic homosexual at this period".[5] There is no evidence for or against his having had any lovers of either sex: performance historian Viv Gardner believes rather that he was "a classic narcissist: the only person he could love and make love to was himself, because, for whatever reason, he was 'unlovable'".[6] The deliberate destruction by his family of those of his papers that might have settled this matter has left any assessment speculative. However, it would appear that he did not have sexual relations with his wife, who initially left him after just six weeks: "The closest the marriage ever came to consummation was that he would make her pose naked covered top to bottom in jewels and she had to sleep wearing the jewels.


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