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Percy de Paravicini

Cambridge University AFC & Old Etonians FC

3 appearances, 0 goals

P 3 W 2 D 0 L 1 F 14: A 3
67% successful

captain: none
minutes played:


  Percy John de Paravicini
Birth Tuesday, 15 July 1862 in Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, Middlesex [registered as John Percy De Paravicini, in Kensington, September 1862].
"DE PARAVACINI—July 15, at Gloucester Terrace, Hyde Park, the wife of J. P. de Paravicini, of a son." -
Saturday, 19 July 1862, Bell's Messenger
notes: Kensington was in the Middlesex Registration County up until 1889.
Baptised Thursday, 4 September 1862 at St. John's Church in Ryde, Isle of Wight

According to the 1871 census, Percy John is the youngest of two sons, the other being Prior, to James Prior and Valentina Antoinette Sampoya (née Morice). They live at the Riverside, Datchet in Eton, with six servants. His father is on the Stock Exchange.


According to the 1881 census, Percy J. is a pupil at Eton College.


According to the 1891 census, Percy is living with his elder brother Prior at Riverside alongside five servants. They are 'living by their own means'.

Marriage to Marcia Charlotte Maria Cholmondeley, on 21 May 1891 at St. Peter's Church, Eaton Square [registered in St George Hanover Square, June 1891]
"The marriage of Mr. Percy de Paravicini, youngest son of the late Baron Paravicini, with the Lady Marcia Cholmondeley, sister of the Marquis of Cholmondeley, was celebrated in St. Peter's Church, Eaton-square, on the 21st inst. The chancel was prettily decorated with palms and white flowers.
"The six bridesmaids, all children...were prettily dressed in white silk liberty frocks, smocked and tucked, with pale blue sashes, wore gathered hats to match with blue ostrich tips, and bronze shoes and stockings. The bridegroom presented them with gold and pearl brooches formed of the monograms of the bride and bridegroom, and golden baskets filled with white roses and lilies of the valley, and tied with blue ribbons.
"The bride arrived at the church at two o'clock, accompanied by her mother, Mrs. Cholmondeley, and was received on alighting by the Marquis of Cholmondeley, who conducted his sister to the chancel, and afterwards gave her away.
"The bride wore a dress of rich white satin duchesse, the front of which was draped with chiffon, edged with ostrich feather bordering, and trimmed with pearl passementerie, which formed the Medici collar and edged the long tabs of the basque. She wore a wreath of orange blossoms and tulle veil, fastened by a diamond aigrette, the gift of the Marquis and Marchioness of Cholmondeley; a large diamond crescent, a present from the bridegroom, and other handsome diamond ornaments given by Mr. and Mrs. Paravicini. The Rev. W. de la P. Beresford-Peirse performed the nuptial rite, the service being fully choral. Mrs. Cholmondeley afterwards welcomed the wedding party at luncheon at 59, Eccleston-square, and at four o'clock Mr. and Lady Marcia de Paravicini left for Paris."
- Thursday, 28 May 1891, The Clifton Society

According to the 1901 census, Percy J. is married to Marcia and they have three sons, Percy G., John M. and Charles P.E., They live at Riverside in Datchet alongside nine servants. Percy is 'living by his own means'.

  "THE following gentlemen have been nominated for the office of High Sheriff for the County of Bucks:—...and Percy John de Paravicini, of Datchet." - Saturday, 21 November 1903, Buckingham Express

According to the 1911 census, Percy J is still married, and although the children have moved on, they still have five servants at Riverside. No occupation is stated.


Despite having died, Percy appears to have been the recipient of Walter Farquhar Morice's estate on 20 December 1921.  His address was at Pangbourne.

Death Tuesday, 11 October 1921 in Hill Fields, Pangbourne, Berkshire, aged 59 years 88 days [registered in Bradfield, December 1921], following a surgical operation. Probate states his correct death date.

Registration notes

The death registration states that de Paravicini death was registered in Bradford, that was later crossed out, and Bradfield handwritten in its place.  Bradfield covered the registration of Pangbourne.


"Mr. Percy John de Paravicini died at Pangbourne, Berkshire, yesterday, at the age of 59. After leaving Eton he played for the Middlesex County cricket eleven and also for Bucks, and he was a member of the committee of the M.C.C. In the football field he played for England against Scotland, Ireland and Wales, and was in the Old Etonians' team which won the Cup from Blackburn Rovers at the Oval in the season of 1881-82. At one time Mr. de Paravicini was a well-known figure in the hunting field."
- Thursday, 13 October 1921, Coventry Evening Telegraph
"Mr. Percy John de Paravicini died at Pangbourne, Berkshire, on Wednesday, at the age of 59. After leaving Eton he played for the Middlesex County cricket eleven and also for Bucks, and he was a member of the committee of the M.C.C.."
- Thursday, 13 October 1921, Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Funeral Saturday, 15 October 1921 at St. Mary's Church in Datchet, Buckinghamshire
"The funeral of Mr. Percy John de Paravicini, a popular cricketer, took place at Datchet on Saturday, and the exceedingly large congregation that assembled in St. Mary's Church was a hugh tribute to the memory of one who was respected and esteemed by all classes of the community. The Bishop of Buckingham, assisted by Dr. E. D. Shaw (Archdeacon of Oxford), both old cricketing and personal friends of Mr. de Paravicini, conducted the service."
- Friday, 21 October 1921, Uxbridge & West Drayton Gazette.
Probate "DE PARAVICINI Percy John of Hillfield Pangbourne Berkshire died 11 October 1921 Probate London 29 November to Lady Marcia Charlotte Sophia de Paravicini widow and Percy Gerald de Paravicini and Charles Prior Evelyn de Paravcinin esquires.
Effects £9323 18s. 4d." [2019 equivalent: £459,814].
  "The death occurred on Sunday at Datchet Lodge, Sunningdale, of Lady Marcia Charlotte Sophia Paravicini, widow of Mr. Percy John de Paravicini, and sister of the 4th Marquess of Cholmondeley, aged 79. The funeral took place on Thursday" - Saturday, 20 May 1939, The Chronicle


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Educated at Aldin House in Slough, and Eton College, where he played both  cricket and football.  He went onto Trinity College, Cambridge, in Autumn 1881 and won his blue in 1883, also playing for the Old Etonians AFC team from 1882. Played for Windsor FC.
Corinthians 1884-85
Club honours FA Cup winner 1881-82, runners-up 1882-83;
Individual honours Berkshire & Buckinghamshire FA.
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for Middlesex between 1881 and 1892;
Height/Weight not known


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 99th players (99) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back;
First match No. 17, 3 February 1883, England 5 Wales 0, a friendly match at The Surrey Cricket Ground, The Oval, Kennington, London, aged 20 years 203 days;
Last match No. 19, 10 March 1883, England 2 Scotland 3, a friendly match at Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Bramall Lane, Highfield, Sheffield, aged 20 years 238 days;
Individual honours None
Distinctions A cousin of Charles Morice
Morice's father, Charles Walter (b.30 January 1824), is the younger brother of Valentina Antonette Sampayo Morice (b.1821). Valentina married James Prior de Paravicini on 17 July 1852―Percy was born twelve years later.

Beyond England

Served on the FA Committee in 1885. He was Justice for Peace in Buckinghamshire and during the First World War took command of the Datchet Volunteer Platoon. Decorated an MVO in 1908, and the Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) in 1921. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.190.

The Numbers
parties Appearances withdrew minutes captain
4 3 one 270 0 none
minutes are approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 0 2 4.667 1.00 66.7 +1

Match Record

Venue & Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home venues
Friendly matches
3 2 0 1 14 3 +11 0 2 4.667 1.00 66.7 +1

Match History

 Clubs: Cambridge University A.F.C. & Old Etonians F.C. - three full apps (270 min)

F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - three full appearances (270 min)x

Age 20
1 17 3 February 1883 - England 5 Wales 0, The Surrey Cricket Ground, Kennington Fr HW Start rb
2 18 24 February 1883 - England 7 Ireland 0, Liverpool Cricket Ground, Liverpool Fr HW Start rb
3 19 10 March 1883 - England 2 Scotland 3, Yorkshire Cricket Ground, Sheffield Fr HL Start rb

Age 21
20 23 February 1884 - Ireland 1 England 8, Ulster Cricket Ground, Belfast BC AW withdrew