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Paul Sanford Methuen, 1845-1932

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1845.08.01
Place of Birth: Corsham Court, Wiltshire
Date of Death: 1932.10.30
Place of Death: Corsham Court, Wiltshire


Paul Methuen was the oldest son of Frederick Henry Paul Methuen (2nd Baron Methuen) and his wife Anna Horatia Caroline Sanford. He was married twice, first, in 1878, to Evelyn (d. 1879), the eldest daughter of Sir Frederick Hutchingson Hervey-Bathurst, third baronet of Clarandon Park, Wiltshire. In 1884, he married his cousin Mary Ethel, the second daughter of William Ayshford Sanford, of Nynehead Court. They had three sons and four daughters. He was succeeded by his son Paul Ayshford, the 4th Baron Methuen.


He served in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and the Scots Fusilier Guards, being promoted to Major-General in May 1888, and Lieutenant-General in April 1898. He was given the command of the 1st Division on the outbreak of the South African War. He reached South Africa in November 1899 and was a brave and energetic commander, but suffered mixed fortunes. He was captured and wounded at Tweebosch on 7 March 1902.

A distinguished career as a diplomat included appointments as governor and commander-in-chief of Natal in 1910 and of Malta in 1915.


Encyclopedia Brittanica, (11th edition) 1911, at (accessed 2005); (accessed 2004.06).