Henry Cavendish

Henry Cavendish (1550 - 1616)

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Henry Cavendish
Born in Chatsworth, Derbyshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married in Sheffield, Yorkshire, Englandmap
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Died in Chatsworth, Derbyshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 11 Mar 2011
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Eldest son and heir of his parents, but disinherited by his mother, from whom he was long estranged.

His mother and stepfather married him to his 8-year-old stepsister. This probably explains a lot.

He became a notorious libertine, described as "the common bull of Derbyshire and Staffordshire", and fathered at least 8 illegitimate children - one might imagine many more.

Held a seat in Parliament for many years, but seems to have been too busy to take part in any actual politics.


Henry Hardwick Cavendish[1]
Henry Cavendish[1]


12 October 1616 Chatsworth, Derbyshire, England[1]


Henry Cavendish
Henry Cavendish
Cavendish coat of arms
Henry Cavendish & Grace Talbot




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dictionary of National Biography
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cavendish_(politician)

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Cavendish pedigree by Hunter (1814)
Cavendish pedigree by Hunter (1814)

Unknown Tudor Gentleman, possibly Henry Cavendish
Unknown Tudor Gentleman, possibly Henry Cavendish

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On 27 Oct 2015 at 17:40 GMT Rick Pierpont wrote:

Cavendish-100 and Cavendish-29 appear to represent the same person because: Same parents. Same wife.

On 11 Apr 2015 at 09:12 GMT Robin Wood wrote:

Cavendish-100 and Cavendish-29 do not represent the same person because: Different people, insuficient data to justify merging

Henry is 20 degrees from Robin Helstrom, 19 degrees from Katy Jurado and 12 degrees from Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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