Hugh Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness

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The Lord Cavendish of Furness
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In office
Monarch Elizabeth II
Personal details
Born Richard Hugh Cavendish
(1941-11-02)2 November 1941
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Grania Caulfield
Relations Cavendish family
Children 1 son, 2 daughters
Residence Holker Hall, Cumbria
Alma mater Eton College
Nickname(s) Lord C

(Richard) Hugh Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness DL FRSA (born 2 November 1941), otherwise known as Hugh Cavendish, is a British Conservative politician and landowner.

Lord Cavendish owns Holker Hall, and its 17,000 acre estate, overlooking Morecambe Bay in Cumbria. The property became part of this branch of the Cavendish family's inheritance via his grandfather, Lord Richard Cavendish CB.


Educated at Eton College, he was created a life peer as Baron Cavendish of Furness, of Cartmel in the County of Cumbria, by Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1990 and served as a Lord-in-Waiting (1990–92).[1] He and his son, Hon. Freddy Cavendish, are in remainder to the dukedom of Devonshire.

Lord Cavendish is the Chairman of the Holker Estate Group[2] and has also chaired the Morecambe and Lonsdale Conservative Association (1975–78) as well as the Board of Governors of St Anne's School, Windermere (1983–89). He is currently a director of Nirex Ltd (since 1993) and served as High Sheriff of Cumbria (1978–79) and a member of the Cumbria County Council (1985–1990). He became president of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain in 2008. He is also chairman of the Burlington Stone Company.[3]

Lord C, as he is also known, is the President of South Cumbria Rivers Trust.


Hugh Cavendish married, in 1970, Grania Caulfeild, only daughter of Brigadier Toby Caulfeild, CBE (a descendant of the 1st Viscount Charlemont), and they have one son and two daughters.[4]

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