Charles Cavendish, 3rd Baron Chesham
|The Right Honourable
The Lord Chesham
KCB, PC, DL
|"Imperial Yeomanry". Lord Chesham as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, March 1900.|
|Master of the Buckhounds|
1 November 1900 – 1901
|Prime Minister||The Marquess of Salisbury|
|Preceded by||The Earl of Coventry|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Born||13 December 1850|
|Died||9 November 1907|
|Spouse(s)||Lady Beatrice Constance Grosvenor|
Charles Compton William Cavendish, 3rd Baron Chesham KCB, PC, DL (13 December 1850 – 9 November 1907), styled The Honourable Charles Cavendish between 1863 and 1882, was a British soldier, courtier and Conservative politician. He served as the last Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Salisbury from 1900 to 1901.
A member of the Cavendish family headed by the Duke of Devonshire, Chesham was the eldest son of William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham and his wife Henrietta Frances Lascelles, daughter of William Lascelles.
Lord Chesham took his seat in the House of Lords on his father's death in 1882.
In November 1900 he was appointed Master of the Buckhounds under Lord Salisbury. However, as Chesham was serving in South Africa, Lord Churchill was appointed to act as Master of the Buckhounds in his absence. Chesham remained Master until the office was abolished the following year. He was admitted to the Privy Council in July 1901, and also served as a Lord of the Bedchamber to the Prince of Wales (later King George V) from 1901 to 1907.
Chesham joined the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry Cavalry, and in January 1900 was appointed in command of a battalion of the Imperial Yeomanry, serving in the Second Boer War. Later that year her was promoted to Brigadier general and in November 1900 appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) for his services (he was invested by King Edward VII at Marlborough House 25 July 1901 during a brief visit to London). He returned permanently to the United Kingdom by the steamer RMS Kinfauns Castle in February 1902.
Lord Chesham married, in 1877, his second cousin Lady Beatrice Constance Grosvenor (1858-1911), daughter of Hugh Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster. Lady Chesham was appointed a Lady of Grace of the Order of St. John (DStJ) in July 1901, and in December the same year received the decoration of the Royal Red Cross (RRC) for her services with the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital during the Boer War.
He died in November 1907, aged 56, after a hunting accident. There is a bronze statue commemorating his life and deeds located in the Market Square in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire which has Grade II Listed Building status. He was succeeded in the barony by his second but eldest surviving son John. His daughter the Honourable Lilah Constance Cavendish married Sir Mervyn Manningham-Buller, 3rd Baronet.
- The London Gazette: . 2 November 1900.
- The London Gazette: . 26 July 1901.
- The London Gazette: . 19 November 1901.
- The London Gazette: . 19 January 1900.
- The London Gazette: . 19 April 1901.
- "The War - movements of troops" The Times (London). Thursday, 23 January 1902. (36672), p. 8.
- The London Gazette: . 5 July 1901.
- "Court circular" The Times (London). Wednesday, 18 December 1901. (36641), p. 6.
- Statue with Grade II Listed Building status. Heritage Gateway website, Retrieved 2009_10_19
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Chesham
The Earl of Coventry
|Master of the Buckhounds
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
William George Cavendish
John Compton Cavendish