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A Naval Biographical Dictionary/Paulet, George

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PAULET, Lord. (Capt., 1833. f-p., 18; h-p., 12.)

The Right Honourable Lord George Paulet, born 12 Aug. 1803, is third son of Chas. Ingoldsby, 13th Marquis of Winchester; brother of Lord Wm. Paulet, Lieut.-Colonel 68th Regt., and of Lord Fred. Paulet, an officer in the Coldstream Guards; and brother-in-law of Capt. Wm. Ramsden, R.N., and Sir Chas. Des Voeux, Bart.

This officer entered the Royal Naval College 6 Feb. 1817; and embarked, 18 Dec. 1819, as Midshipman, on board the Liffey 50, Capt. Hon. Henry Duncan, stationed in the Channel. From Oct. 1820 until Jan. 1824 he served in the Mediterranean and again in the Channel in the Cambrian 48, Capt. Gawen Wm. Hamilton, Racehorse 18, Capt. Hon. Chas. Abbot, and Active 46, Capt. Andrew King. He then passed his examination; and on 9 Feb. 1825, at which period he had been serving for upwards of six months in South America on board the Blanche 46, Capt. Wm. Bowen Mends, he was made Lieutenant into the Jaseur 18, Capts. Thos. Martin and Edw. Handfield. Attaining the rank of Commander 28 Feb. 1828, he was next, from 4 March, 1830, until paid off 2 Jan. 1834, employed in that capacity on board the Nautilus 10, in which vessel, after having served in the Channel and off the coast of Ireland, we find him stationed in and off the rivers Douro and Tagus during the whole of the civil war in Portugal, from July, 1832, to Oct. 1833; and subsequently off the north coast of Spain at the commencement of the hostilities in that country. His Lordship, prior to the Nautilus being put out of commission, had been advanced, 18 Nov. 1833, to the rank he now holds. His last appointment was, 28 Dec. 1841, to the Carysfort 26, fitting for the Pacific, where, in Feb. 1843, certain indignities having been offered by the King of the Sandwich Islands, Kamehameha III., to Her Majesty’s subjects resident in his dominions, Lord George felt it his duty to institute demands, which led to the whole of the group being provisionally ceded to him. He accordingly retained possession of them, in the name of Queen Victoria, until 31 July following, when, by order of Rear-Admiral Thomas, the Commander-in-Chief, they were restored to their former government. The Carysfort afterwards conveyed Queen Pomare, with 50 of her relatives and suite, from Tahiti to Raiatea, one of the leewardmost of the Society Islands. She returned to England and was paid off in June, 1845.

Lord Geo. Paulet married, 11 July, 1835, Georgina, daughter of the late Major-General Sir Geo. Wood, K.C.B., of Ottershaw Park, co. Surrey, and niece of the late Sir Mark Wood, Bart., by whom he has issue two children.