Edward Cavendish (1838 - 1891)

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Birthplace: Marylebone
Death: Died
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About Edward Cavendish

Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Edward Cavendish (28 January 1838 – 18 May 1891) was a 19th century British politician.

Cavendish was the third son of William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire, by his wife, Lady Blanche Howard (a daughter of the 6th Earl of Carlisle and a niece of the 6th Duke of Devonshire). His father and his two surviving brothers were all Members of Parliament (MPs): his eldest brother Spencer, MP for North Lancashire 1857–91 and later 8th Duke of Devonshire, led the Liberal Party and was asked three times to be Prime Minister by Queen Victoria; the middle brother, Frederick was MP for the West Riding and Chief Secretary for Ireland and was assassinated in 1882.

Cavendish was commissioned into the Rifle Brigade. On retirement from the regular army he joined the 2nd Derbyshire Militia (later the Sherwood Foresters), but transferred to the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in 1888.

Cavendish served as MP for West Derbyshire. Like his eldest brother, he became a Liberal Unionist in reaction to the Liberal Party's policy on Irish Home Rule. Upon his death, his son, Victor, was elected unopposed to replace him, later becoming the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

Cavendish married Emma Lascelles, a daughter of the Rt. Hon. William Lascelles, on 3 August 1865. They had three sons:

1) Victor Christian William Cavendish, 9th Duke of Devonshire (1868–1938)

2) Lord Richard Frederick Cavendish MP (1871–1946)

3) Lord John Spencer Cavendish (1875–1914) was killed in action in World War I.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Lord Edward Cavendish's Timeline

January 28, 1838
July 3, 1865
Age 27
St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England
May 31, 1868
Age 30
Greater London, United Kingdom
January 31, 1871
Age 33
March 25, 1875
Age 37
May 18, 1891
Age 53