William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

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William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire, KG, PC (26 September 1698 – 5 December 1755) was a British nobleman and Whig politician. He was the son of William Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Devonshire and the Hon. Rachel Russell.

Life[edit]

On 27 March 1718 he married Catherine Hoskins, or Hoskyn (died 8 May 1777). They had seven children:

Like his father, the 3rd Duke was active in public life. He was a Member of Parliament from 1721 until his father's death sent him to the House of Lords in 1729, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1731. He served as Lord Privy Seal from 1731 to 1733, when he was invested as a Knight of the Garter. He later served for seven years as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.[2]

He sold the Old Devonshire House at 48 Boswell Street, Theobald's Road, in Bloomsbury, and in 1734 engaged the architect William Kent to build a new Cavendish House in fashionable Piccadilly. In 1739, he was enlisted as a founding governor of a new children's charity, the Foundling Hospital in Bloomsbury, London, which aimed to alleviate the problem of infants being abandoned by destitute mothers and which later became a centre for art and music.

During the Jacobite rising of 1745 the Duke raised a militia unit in support of the King known as the Derbyshire Blues, which mustered at the George Inn, Derby, on 3 December 1745.

The Duke and his wife are also notable as the most recent common ancestors of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his first wife Lady Diana Spencer. Charles and Diana were seventh cousins once removed, as Charles is descended from the 3rd Duke's son, the 4th Duke, while Diana was descended from his daughter, Lady Elizabeth Cavendish.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rachel Walpole, Countess of Orford at Geni.com
  2. ^ "William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire (1698 - 1755)". Chatsworth House. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Diana, Princess of Wales: Frequently Asked Questions". www.dianapow.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 

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Parliament of Great Britain
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Galfridus Walpole
John Newsham
Member of Parliament for Lostwithiel
1721–1724
With: John Newsham 1721–1722
Lord Stanhope 1722–1724
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Sir Orlando Bridgeman, Bt
Henry Parsons
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Richard West
Member of Parliament for Grampound
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Philip Hawkins
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John Proby
Member of Parliament for Huntingdonshire
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Robert Piggott
Honorary titles
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The Duke of St Albans
Captain of the Gentlemen Pensioners
1726–1731
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The Earl of Burlington
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The 2nd Duke of Devonshire
Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
1729–1755
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The 4th Duke of Devonshire
Political offices
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In Commission
Lord Privy Seal
1731–1733
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Lord Steward
1733–1737
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The Duke of Dorset
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The Duke of Dorset
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland
1737–1744
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The Earl of Chesterfield
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The Duke of Dorset
Lord Steward
1744–1749
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The Duke of Marlborough
Peerage of England
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William Cavendish
Duke of Devonshire
1729–1755
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William Cavendish
Baron Cavendish of Hardwick
(descended by acceleration)

1729–1751