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William Cavendish
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Birth: 1505
Death: 1557

English courtier whose descendants became the Dukes of Devonshire. He rose to prominence during the Dissolution of the Monasteries, as an aide to Cardinal Wolsey. Cavendish was one of the men charged with visiting the monasteries to make accounts of their wealth and holdings. As a result of his work, he amassed a large amount of wealth. He married three wives, outliving two of them, and his final wife was the famous Bess of Hardwick. They set up home at Chatsworth in Derbyshire, now one of the most famous stately homes in Britain. They had eight children (William had already had two from his previous marriages) although, sadly, only a handful survived infancy. Through these daughters' marriages into other noble families, one of William and Elizabeth's grandchildren was Arabella Stuart, a claimant to the throne of England. William died while on business in Newgate, London; there was a Cavendish family vault at the church of St Botolph at Aldersgate, and the Tudor diarist Henry Machyn (qv) commented on his funeral cortege: 'The xxx day of October was bered ser Wylliam Cand . . . knight, with ij whytt branchys, and xij stayff torchys, iij grett tapurs, and (blank) skochyons, at sant Botulff with-owt Althergatt.' 
 
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 Spouse:
   Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury (1527 - 1607)
 
 Children:
  Henry Cavendish (1550 - 1616)*
  William Cavendish (1552 - 1626)*
  Elizabeth Cavendish Stuart (1554 - 1582)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
St Botolph Aldersgate Churchyard
London
City of London
Greater London, England
Plot: vault, no longer marked
 
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: Apr 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13916711
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- RNF
 Added: Dec. 21, 2014
With respect to your memory, 13th great-grandfather.
- Karat57
 Added: May. 6, 2014
For my 11th Great Grandfather. May you rest in peace and Yah have mercy on your soul. I want to visit the Chatsworth soon.
- Nancy Summers
 Added: Jan. 20, 2014
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