The life of William Cavendish
In the last Thai Terre blog
we talked about the history of Eastbourne and the man responsible for creating it: William Cavendish. Now, we’d like to talk a bit more about the man considered to be the father of Eastbourne.
William Cavendish was born on the 27th
of April 1808 and in 1829 he married Blanche Georgiana Howard, who bore him four sons and a daughter. Over the course of his life held the titles ‘The Duke of Devonshire’, ‘Lord Cavendish of Keighley’, and ‘The Earl of Burlington’. He was educated at Eton and then Cambridge University, before embarking on a career in politics. Between 1829 and 1834 he sat in the House of Commons as MP for Cambridge University, Malton, and then North Derbyshire; then, when his grandfather died and he succeeded him as Earl of Burlington, he entered the House of Lords.
As well as a political career, Cavendish was also known for his academic pursuits. He was Chancellor of the University of London for a period of twenty years, and Chancellor of the University of Cambridge for...