William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket

William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket

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    Born 19 December 1864  County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 24 January 1920  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    • William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket, GCMG, KCVO, KBE (December 19, 1864) - (January 24, 1920) was a British diplomat and administrator. Born in Dublin, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Dublin before entering the Diplomatic Service, being sent to Rome in 1889 as an attaché to the British Embassy there. In 1892, he was appointed in the same position to the embassy in Constantinople, and finally retired two years later. In 1894, he also married Lady Victoria Alexandrina, youngest daughter of the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, by whom he was to have eight children.

      Having succeeded his father as fifth Baron Plunket in 1897, Plunket three years later became private secretary to Lord Cadogan, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland at the time, and fulfilled the same role for his successor, Lord Dudley. He was appointed CVO and KCVO in 1900 and 1903 respectively, and in 1904 he became Governor of New Zealand as well as a KCMG the following year. He held this post until 1910, when he was advanced to GCMG. He was later appointed KBE in 1918.

      Lord Plunket died aged 55 in London, and was buried in the city's Putney Vale Cemetery

      Governor of New Zealand 1904 - 1910

      Born in Ireland in 1864, Sir William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron, was the son of the 4th Baron who was Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.

      He joined the diplomatic service in 1889 but retired two years later to become private secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

      He became Governor of New Zealand in 1904 and during his term was a grand master in the Irish constitution of Freemasons. He also took a great interest in the Order of St John and to this day Governors-General are priors of the order.

      Lord Plunket is best remembered for his support of Truby-King's early work and gave his name to the Plunket Society. He also donated cricket's Plunket Shield.

      Lord Plunket died in 1920.

      Biographical information courtesy of NZ Almanack

      See www.gg.govt.nz/gg/former.htm - Roger 13 December 2004 [2, 3]
    Person ID I5116  Roger
    Last Modified 2 November 2006 

    Family/Spouse Lady Victoria Alexandrina Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood,   b. 1873 
    Married 4 June 1894  [1, 4
    Children 
    +  1. Female Hon. Helen Cecil Olive Plunket,   b. 15 April 1895
       2. Female Eileen Hermione Plunket,   b. 15 July 1896
       3. Female Moira Violet Maria Plunket,   b. 23 November 1897
       4. Male Terence Conyngham Plunket, 6th Baron Plunket,   b. 12 July 1899,   d. 24 February 1938  (Age 38 years)
       5. Female Joyce Laline Plunket,   b. 9 January 1901
       6. Male F/Lt. Hon. Brindsley Sheridan Bushe Plunket,   b. 28 June 1903,   d. November 1941  (Age 38 years)
       7. Female Ethne Victoria Manene Plunket,   b. 31 March 1907,   d. 24 May 1919  (Age 12 years)
       8. Male Captain Denis Kiwa Plunket,   b. 6 February 1909
    Last Modified 14 December 2004 
    Family ID F5341  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 December 1864 - County Dublin, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 January 1920 - London, Middlesex, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S241] Website “the Peerage.com”, Darryl Lundy, 128 Heke Street, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND.
    2. [S242] Website Wikipedia, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
    3. [S245] Website of The Governor General (of New Zealand), Public Affairs Office at Government House, Wellington, New Zealand.
    4. [S243] Website “the Peerage.com”, Darryl Lundy, 128 Heke Street, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND.


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