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Shirley Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey

Shirley Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey

Shirley Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey
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Intro Writer
Was Writer
From United Kingdom
Type Literature
Gender female
Birth 4 December 1924, Chelsea, United Kingdom
Death 21 January 2017, Hindhead, United Kingdom (aged 92 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Mother: Hilda Vaughan
Father: Charles Langbridge Morgan
Spouse: Henry Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey
Children: Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of AngleseyLady Henrietta Charlotte Eiluned PagetLady Elizabeth Sophia Rhiannon PagetLord Rupert Edward Llywellyn PagetLady Amelia Myfanwy Polly Paget
Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire  
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Elizabeth Shirley Vaughan Paget, Marchioness of Anglesey, DBE, LVO (née Morgan; 4 December 1924 – 21 January 2017), better known as Dame Shirley Paget, was a British public servant and writer.

Early life and education

She was born in Chelsea, London, the daughter of novelists Charles Langbridge Morgan and Hilda Vaughan and granddaughter of engineer Sir Charles Langbridge Morgan. She was named after the heroine in Charlotte Brontë's 1849 novel Shirley.

She and her younger brother, Roger Morgan (1924–2018), grew up in Notting Hill, London. She was educated at Francis Holland School and Malvern St James until the Second World War, when she, her brother, and their mother moved to America. She finished her schooling at Kent Place School in New Jersey.


Shirley Morgan began her career in the Foreign Office as personal secretary to Gladwyn Jebb until her marriage to Lord Anglesey in 1949.

As Marchioness of Anglesey, she served as President of the National Federation of Women's Institutes 1966–1969, a board member of the British Council 1985–1995, chairman of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission 1987–1991, and vice-chairman of the Museums and Galleries Commission 1989–1996.

As an author she wrote The Countrywoman's Year (1960).

Personal life

She married Henry Paget, 7th Marquess of Anglesey (8 October 1922 – 13 July 2013) on 16 October 1948, a year after he succeeded to the marquessate. They had met at the 1946 Paris peace conference. Queen Mary was a guest at their wedding as King George V was a godfather of the groom.

Their marriage produced five children:

  • Lady Henrietta Charlotte Eiluned Paget (born 31 July 1949), married to Timothy Megarry
  • Charles Alexander Vaughan Paget, 8th Marquess of Anglesey (b. 13 November 1950)
  • Lady Elizabeth Sophia Rhiannon Paget (born 14 May 1954), married to Robert D. Keir
  • Lord Rupert Edward Llewellyn Paget (born 21 July 1957), married to Louise Victoria Youngman, with two children, Jack William (born 1989) and Lily Florence (born 1992)
  • Lady Amelia Myfanwy Polly Paget (born 12 September 1963), married to Andrew Michael Singleton

She died in 2017, aged 92, at a Moorlands Lodge nursing home in Surrey.


Paget was invested as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1977. She was invested as a Dame Commander, Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1983. She was later invested as a Lieutenant, Royal Victorian Order (LVO) in 1993.

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