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Edward Cavendish (1838-1891)

1891 Obituary [1]

LORD EDWARD CAVENDISH, third and younger surviving son of William, sevenths Duke of Devonshire, died at Devonshire House, Piccadilly, on Monday the 18th day of May last, from pneumonia following an attack of influenza. Lord Edward was the third member of his illustrious house who had formed an intimate association with the affairs of the Iron and Steel Institute, his father having been the first President of the Institute (1869-70), and his next oldest brother, Lord Frederick Cavendish, having been, for a number of years, a member of Council, while he himself had been a Councillor of the Institute since 1886.

Lord Edward was born in 1838, his mother having been the late Lady Blanche Georgia. Howard, fourth daughter of the sixths Earl of Carlisle. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, and entered the Rifle Brigade in 1860, retiring in 1865. In that year he was elected M.P. for East Sussex as a Liberal, but was defeated in 1868. In 1873-74 he was private secretary to Lord Spencer, the then Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland, and in 1874, with Sir J. Kay-Shuttleworth, he unsuccessfully contested North-East Lancashire against Mr. J. M. Holt and Mr. J. P. Starkie. He was a magistrate for Sussex and Lancashire, and a magistrate and D.L. for Derbyshire, Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the 3rd Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Derbyshire Regiment) from 1881 till 1888, and he lead been Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Battalion of the Royal Lancashire Regiment from 1888.

The late Lord Edward was closely connected with Lancashire industries, being a director of the Barrow Haematite Steel Company and of the Furness Railway Company. He was also on the board of the Alliance Assurance Company.

He was elected member for North Derbyshire in 1885, in succession to his uncle, Lord George Henry Cavendish, and was returned for the western division of the county in November of that year, defeating Mr. F. C. Arkwright. He was returned for the same division without opposition at the General Election of the following year as a Unionist. Since that time he had acted as Whip for the Unionist party.

Lord Edward married, in 1865, the Hon. Emma Elizabeth Lascelles, who was the fourth daughter of the late Right Hon. William S. Lascelles, M.P., and Lady Caroline Lascelles, and was formerly a Maid of Honour to Her Majesty and a Lady of the Bedchamber to the Princess Christian. He had issue three sons, the eldest of whom, Victor Christian William, was born in 1868.

The Queen, on hearing the news of Lord Edward's death, sent an immediate message of condolence to the bereaved family, as did also the Prince and Princess of Wales. The sad intelligence was also received with general regret throughout Derbyshire, while at Barrow and in the district the flags on the ships and the public buildings were hoisted half-mast high. Hundreds of letters and telegrams expressing sympathy and regret were received at Devonshire House from all parts of the country.

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