William Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket

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The Lord Plunket

The 5th Baron Plunket
14th Governor of New Zealand
In office
20 June 1904 8 June 1910
Monarch Edward VII
George V
Preceded by The Earl of Ranfurly
Succeeded by The Lord Islington
Personal details
Born(1864-12-19)19 December 1864
Dublin, Ireland
Died24 January 1920(1920-01-24) (aged 55)
London, UK
Spouse(s)Lady Victoria Plunket (née Temple-Blackwood)
Relations William, 4th Lord Plunket (father)

William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket, GCMG , GCVO , KBE (19 December 1864 24 January 1920) was a British diplomat and administrator. He was Governor of New Zealand from 1904-10.

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Early life

Born in Dublin, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College Dublin. His parents were William, 4th Lord Plunket, the archbishop of Dublin in 1884-97, and his wife Anne, the daughter of Sir Benjamin Guinness. [1]

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He entered the Diplomatic Service and was 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.

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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, when he was appointed to the position in August 1902. [2] 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. By chance the Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives at the time was his cousin Arthur Guinness. He held this post until 1910, when he was advanced to GCMG. [3] He was later appointed KBE in 1918.

Baron Plunket

Baron Plunket, of Newtown in the County of Cork, is a title in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. It was created in 1827 for the prominent Irish lawyer and Whig politician William Plunket. He served as Lord Chancellor of Ireland from 1830 and 1834 and again from 1835 to 1841. His eldest son, the second Baron, was Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry between 1839 and 1866. He was succeeded by his younger brother, the third Baron. He was a barrister. His eldest son, the fourth Baron, served as Archbishop of Dublin between 1884 and 1897. He was succeeded by his eldest son, the fifth Baron. He was a diplomat and held office as Governor of New Zealand between 1904 and 1910. His grandson, Patrick, the seventh Baron, was Equerry to both King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II. He was succeeded by his younger brother, Robin who died in 2013 and was in turn succeeded by his nephew, Tyrone who was a Page of Honour to Queen Elizabeth II.

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He was a Freemason. During his term as Governor of New Zealand (1906-1909), he was also Grand Master of New Zealand's Grand Lodge. [4]


Lord Plunket died on 24 January 1920 aged 55 in 40 Elvaston Place, London, and was buried in the city's Putney Vale Cemetery. [1]

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Putney Vale Cemetery

Putney Vale Cemetery and Crematorium in southwest London is located in Putney Vale, surrounded by Putney Heath and Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park. It is located within 47 acres of parkland. The cemetery was opened in 1891 and the crematorium in 1938. The cemetery was originally laid out on land which had belonged to Newlands Farm, which was established in the medieval period.


Plunket married, in 1894, Lady Victoria Alexandrina Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, youngest daughter of the 1st Marquess of Dufferin and Ava, by whom he was to have eight children. [1] [5] Victoria gave her name to Plunket Society, a New Zealand society promoting the health and well-being of mothers and children. [6]

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  2. "Court Circular". The Times (36875). London. 17 September 1902. p. 8.
  3. "Lord Plunket, GCMG, KCVO". The Governor-General. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  4. Profile Archived 9 April 2013 at the Wayback Machine , kenthenderson.com.au; accessed 22 March 2016.
  5. His family at "thepeerage.com"
  6. "Our history". Plunket Society. Retrieved 12 November 2010.
  7. Burke's Peerage. 1850.
Government offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Ranfurly
Governor of New Zealand
Succeeded by
The Lord Islington
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Conyngham Plunket
Baron Plunket Succeeded by
Terence Conyngham Plunket