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William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of William Conyngham Plunket, 4th Baron Plunket, Archbishop of Dublin and Anne Lee Plunket, Baroness Plunket, Hon
Husband of Victoria Plunket
Father of Nellie Rhodes; Eileen Hermione Plunket; Moira Violet Maria Plunket; Terence Conyngham Plunket, 6th Baron Plunket; Joyce Laline Plunket and 4 others
Brother of Rt Rev Benjamin John Plunket, DD and <private> Plunket

Occupation: Diplomat; Governor of New Zealand 1904-10., Governor General of New Zealand, Governer of NZ
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About William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket GCMG KCVO KBE


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]

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. 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.[1][2] Victoria gave her name to Plunket Society, a New Zealand society promoting the health and well-being of mothers and children.[3]

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. 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.[4] He was later appointed KBE in 1918.

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William Lee Plunket, 5th Baron Plunket GCMG KCVO KBE's Timeline

April 15, 1895
Age 31
July 15, 1896
Age 32
November 23, 1897
Age 33
July 12, 1899
Age 35
January 9, 1901
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June 28, 1903
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March 31, 1907
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February 6, 1909
Age 45