Lord Edward Cavendish

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"a good fellow". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1886.
Window erected in St Peter's Church, Edensor in his memory. Window by Burlison and Grylls dating from 1892.

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

Born in Marylebone, Cavendish was the third son of William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire,[1] by his wife, Lady Blanche Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire (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 from the creation of the constituency until his death. Like his eldest brother, he became a Liberal Unionist in reaction to the Liberal Party's policy on Irish Home Rule. Upon his death in Marylebone aged 53, his son, Victor, was elected unopposed to replace him, later becoming the 9th Duke of Devonshire.

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



  1. The Annual register of world events: a review of the year, Vol.133, ed.Edmund Burke, (Longmans, Green and Co., 1892), 160.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John George Dodson
Viscount Pevensey
Member of Parliament for East Sussex
With: John George Dodson
Succeeded by
John George Dodson
George Burrow Gregory
Preceded by
Lord George Henry Cavendish
Augustus Peter Arkwright
Member of Parliament for North Derbyshire
With: John Frederick Cheetham
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for West Derbyshire
Succeeded by
Hon. Victor Cavendish