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Andrew Robert Buxton Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire, KG, MC, PC, DL (2 January 1920 – 3 May 2004), styled Lord Andrew Cavendish until 1944 and Marquess of Hartington from 1944 to 1950, was a British Conservative and later Social Democratic Party politician. He was a minister in the government of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan (his uncle by marriage), but is best known for opening Chatsworth House to the public. (wiki)

He was a major collector of contemporary British art, known especially for his patronage of Lucian Freud. He was one of the founders, and the chief patron of, the Next Century Foundation, in which capacity he hosted the private Chatsworth talks between representatives of the governments of the Arab World and Israel. The duke was listed at number 73 in the Sunday Times Sunday Times Rich List of the richest people in Great Britain in 2004.

n 1941 Cavendish married the Hon. Deborah Mitford (31 March 1920 – 24 September 2014), one of the Mitford sisters.

Cavendish inherited the estate but also an inheritance tax bill of £7 million (£216 million in 2015), nearly 80 per cent of the value of the estate.[15][16] To meet this, the Duke had to sell off many art objects and antiques, including several Rembrandts, Van Dycks and Raffaello Santis, as well as thousands of acres of land.[16] The Duke is buried in the churchyard of St Peter's Church, Edensor - in the grounds of Chatsworth.[citation needed]

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January 2, 1920
November 14, 1941
Age 21
April 27, 1944
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May 22, 1947
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April 5, 1953
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March 18, 1957
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May 3, 2004
Age 84