Anglesey, 1st Marquess, Field Marshal Henry Wm. Paget


Wellington’s cavalry commander, notable for charge at Waterloo where he lost a leg to a cannonball!


Type: Signature
Description: (1768-1854, styled Lord Paget 1784-1812, Earl of Uxbridge 1812-15, Marquess of Anglesey from 1815) British military leader and politician, led charge of the heavy cavalry against d’Erlon’s column during Battle of Waterloo. Served twice as Master-General of the Ordnance and twice as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. MP for Carnarvon 1790-96, Milborne Port 1796-1804, 1806-10.

At outbreak of French Revolutionary Wars, raised regiment of Staffordshire volunteers and given temporary rank of lieutenant-colonel 1793. 80th Foot took part in 1794 Flanders campaign under his command. Colonel of 7th Light Dragoons 1801, major-general 1802, lieutenant-general 1808. Commanded cavalry for Sir John Moore’s army during Corunna campaign, providing excellent rear-guard defense during the long retreat, and showed distinct superiority over French at Sahagun and routed Chasseurs a Cheval of the Imperial Guard at Benevente. He did command a division in disastrous 1809 Walcheren expedition.

In 1815, he was appointed cavalry commander in Belgium under Wellington. On the eve of Waterloo, Paget had his command extended by Wellington to include all allied cavalry and horse artillery. He handily covered retirement of Anglo-Allies from Quatre Bras to Waterloo on 17 June, and on 18 June led the spectacular cavalry charge of the British center, which checked and in part routed D’Erlon’s corps d’armée. One of the last cannon shots fired that day hit Paget in the right leg, necessitating its amputation, and he later had an articulated artificial limb fitted; a separate monument to his leg was erected at Waterloo but the bones were later disinterred and put on display.

Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath Jan. 1815, and just over 2 weeks after Waterloo, the Prince Regent created him Marquess of Anglesey. Knight of the Garter 1818, full general 1819, and acted as Lord High Steward of England at 1820 coronation of George IV. Canning’s Master-General of the Ordnance and member of the Privy Council April 1827, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (March 1828) under Wellington, recalled Dec. 1828. On formation of Earl Grey’s government in Nov. 1830 again became Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. Joined Lord John Russell’s administration July 1846 as Master-General of the Ordnance, retiring March 1852 with rank of Field-Marshal and Colonel of the Royal Horse Guards. He held honorary posts of Lord Lieutenant of Anglesey 1812-54 and Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire 1849-54.

Frameable 1 x 2 ¾ clipped “Anglesey” mounted signature.

Condition: Good, light toning, aging, nice dark ink signature

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