"Lord Clarence Paget was in the later part of middle age"

Like Thomas Hastings, Lord Clarence Paget (1811-1895) was an historical figure. A Naval officer, he was a younger son of the first Marquess of Anglesey, Henry Paget, who fought at Waterloo. After serving as secretary to the Master-General of the Ordnance, he was promoted first to Rear-Admiral of the Red and then Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean, one of the most prestigious commands in the Royal Navy.