Hon. Augustus Cavendish Bradshaw (17 February 1768 – 11 November 1832), of Putney, Surrey and High Elms, near Watford, Hertfordshire, was an English politician, best remembered today for his role as co-respondent in the Westmeath divorce case of 1796.
He was born a younger son of Sir Henry Cavendish, 2nd Baronet of Doveridge Hall, Derbyshire and Phoenix Park, Dublin and his wife Sarah Bradshaw, 1st Baroness Waterpark, and was educated at Repton School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He adopted the additional name of Bradshaw to comply with the will of his maternal grandfather Richard Bradshaw.
Marriage and scandal
He died in 1832. He had married in 1796 Maryanne, the daughter of James St. John Jeffreys of Blarney Castle by his wife Arabella Fitzgibbon and the divorced wife of George Nugent, 7th Earl of Westmeath. The divorce, on the grounds of Maryanne's adultery with Bradshaw (which was not seriously disputed), had aroused huge public interest and the associated action for criminal conversation brought by Lord Westmeath (this was then a necessary first step towards obtaining a divorce) resulted in large damages being awarded against Cavendish Bradshaw in favour of the Earl. There were no children. Maryanne died in 1849, aged almost 90.
- "CAVENDISH BRADSHAW, Hon. Augustus (1768-1832), of Putney, Surr. and High Elms, nr. Watford, Herts". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
- Johnston-Liik, E.M. MPs in Dublin: Companion to History of the Irish Parliament, 1692-1800. p. 77.
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