Francis Paget

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The Right Honourable
Francis Paget
Bishop of Oxford
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Church Church of England
Elected 1901
Term ended 1911
Predecessor William Stubbs
Successor Charles Gore
Personal details
Born (1851-03-20)20 March 1851
Gloucester, Great Britain
Died 1 August 1911(1911-08-01) (aged 60)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

The Right Reverend Francis Paget, DD (20 March 1851 – 2 August 1911) was an English theologian, author and the 33rd Bishop of Oxford.


He was the second son of the noted surgeon Sir James Paget, 1st Baronet,[1] and brother of Luke Paget, Bishop of Chester.

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"The House"
Paget as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, November 1894

He was educated at St Marylebone Grammar School, Shrewsbury and Christ Church, Oxford.[2] Ordained priest he became preacher at Whitehall in 1882 and Vicar of Bromsgrove in 1885. An eminent scholar,[3] he was subsequently Regius Professor of Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford and Dean at his old college.

After the death of the Right Reverend William Stubbs in April 1901, Paget was recommended to succeed him as Bishop of Oxford.[4] He was elected bishop the following month, and consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in St. Paul´s Cathedral 29 June 1901.[5] A couple of days later he was received by King Edward VII and invested as Chancellor of the Order of the Garter,[6] an office held by the Bishop of Oxford between 1837 and 1937.

Paget served as bishop until his death in 1911.[7]

Paget's son Sir Bernard Paget was a General in the Army, and another son, Edward Paget, was the first Anglican Archbishop of Central Africa.

Works (selected)


  1. Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
  2. “Who was Who” 1897–1990, London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. His works include The Redemption of War (1900), The Spirit of Discipline (1903) and Everlasting Punishment (1906), British Library catalogue accessed 16:59 21 August 2008
  4. The London Gazette: no. 27318. p. 3634. 28 May 1901.
  5. "Ecclesiastical intelligence - The Bishop of Oxford" The Times (London). Monday, 1 July 1901. (36495), p. 10.
  6. "Court Circular" The Times (London). Tuesday, 2 July 1901. (36496), p. 5.
  7. Death of the Bishop of Oxford, The Times, Thursday, August 03, 1911; pg. 8; Issue 39654; col E

Further reading

  • Paget, Stephen & Crum, J. M. C. (1913) Francis Paget. London: Macmillan
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Stubbs
Bishop of Oxford
Succeeded by
Charles Gore