William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington

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The Earl of Burlington
Personal details
Born William Cavendish
(1969-06-06) 6 June 1969 (age 47)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Laura Montagu née Roundell
Children Lady Maud Cavendish
James Cavendish, Lord Cavendish
Lady Elinor Cavendish
Parents Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire
Amanda Carmen née Heywood-Lonsdale
Education Eton College
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Photographer

William Cavendish, Earl of Burlington (born 6 June 1969), professionally also known by the name Bill Burlington, is a British aristocrat, photographer, and the son and heir of the 12th Duke of Devonshire. He was styled Earl of Burlington before his father's succession to the Dukedom of Devonshire, and has not assumed the title Marquess of Hartington as previous heirs apparent to the Dukedom have done.


Lord Burlington was educated at Eton College and the University of Cambridge.[1] He subsequently studied photography under Jorge Lewinski.[2]

On 23 December 2006 his engagement to the former model, fashion editor, and stylist Laura Montagu (former wife of The Hon. Orlando Montagu, younger son of the 11th Earl of Sandwich) was announced in The Times. The couple married on 31 March 2007, but the wedding was not announced until early August. They have three children, a son and two daughters:

  • Lady Maud Cavendish (born in March 2009)
  • James Cavendish, Lord Cavendish (born 12 December 2010) - second in line of succession to the Dukedom of Devonshire
  • Lady Elinor Cavendish[3]

Art gallery[edit]

Within a wing of Lismore Castle, the Irish seat of the Dukes of Devonshire, Lord Burlington has established the notable contemporary arts gallery, Lismore Castle Arts.[4]

Books with photographs by Bill Burlington[edit]



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Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Russell, Marquess of Tavistock
Earl of Burlington
Succeeded by
George Spencer-Churchill, Marquess of Blandford
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Line of succession to the
Dukedom of Devonshire

1st position
Succeeded by
Lord Cavendish