Lord George Cavendish (died 1794)

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Lord George Augustus Cavendish MP PC (c. 1727 – 2 May 1794) was a British nobleman, politician, and a member of the House of Cavendish.

Lord George Augustus Cavendish by Mather Brown[1]
Holker Hall, Cumbria

Cavendish was born in London, the second son of William Cavendish, 3rd Duke of Devonshire and his wife, the former Catherine Hoskins. King George II was his godfather.[2] He was educated in Chesterfield and at St John's College, Cambridge.[3]

In 1753, he inherited Holker Hall (then in Lancashire) from his maternal cousin Sir William Lowther, 3rd Baronet.[4] He replanted the park there, and added a number of unusual trees, including Lebanese cedar trees sent to him as seeds from a friend in Lebanon.[5]

He entered Parliament in 1751 for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis, and in 1754, took up the family seat of Derbyshire, which he occupied, with one interruption, until his death forty years later. He served as Comptroller of the Household from 1761 to 1762, and was named to the Privy Council in 1762. He served as Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire from 1766 to 1782.[6]

Cavendish died suddenly in May 1794 while returning to London from Holker Hall.[7] On his death Holker passed in turn to his younger brothers.


  1. ^ Lord G. A. Cavendish, BBC, accessed July 2011
  2. ^ Grove, Joseph (1764). The Lives of All the Earls and Dukes of Devonshire: Descended from the Renowned Sir William Cavendish.
  3. ^ "Cavendish, Lord George Augustus (CVNS746LG)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  4. ^ Pink, William Duncombe (1889). The Parliamentary Representation of Lancashire. H. Gray. p. 124.
  5. ^ Stockdale, James (1872). Annales Caermoelenses: or Annals of Cartmel. William Kitchin, printer. London: Simpkin, Marshall & Company, 1872. p. 416. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  6. ^ "CAVENDISH, Lord George Augustus (?1727-94)". History of Parliament Online. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Reports". The Times. 6 May 1794. p. 2.
Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Weymouth and Melcombe Regis
With: Welbore Ellis
George Dodington
Edward Hungate Beaghan
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Derbyshire
With: Sir Nathaniel Curzon 1754–61
Sir Henry Harpur 1761–68
Godfrey Bagnall Clarke 1768–75
Hon. Nathaniel Curzon 1775–80
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Derbyshire
With: Hon. Nathaniel Curzon 1781–84
Edward Miller Mundy 1784–94
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Comptroller of the Household
Succeeded by
Honorary titles
Preceded by Lord Lieutenant of Derbyshire
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