CAVENDISH, Lord Charles (aft.1700-83), of Putteridge, Herts.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1715-1754, ed. R. Sedgwick, 1970
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13 Apr. 1725 - 1727
1727 - 1734
1734 - 1741

Family and Education

b. aft. 1700, 3rd s. of William Cavendish, M.P., 2nd Duke of Devonshire; bro. of William Cavendish, Mq. of Hartington, and Ld. James Cavendish. educ. Eton 1718. m. 9 Jan. 1727, Lady Anne Grey, 3rd da. of Henry, 1st Duke of Kent, 2s.

Offices Held

Gent. of the bedchamber to Frederick, Prince of Wales 1728-30.


Lord Charles Cavendish was brought in as a Whig for Heytesbury by Edward Ashe at a by-election in 1725, subsequently being returned as a government supporter for Westminster and, on his family’s interest, for Derbyshire. In Parliament he voted with the Administration on the civil list arrears, 1729, and the Hessians, 1730. Although he also supported the excise bill in March 1733, he afterwards voted with the Opposition on the city of London’s petition against the bill, for which volte-face George II declared him to be ‘half mad’.1 He was absent on the Spanish convention of 1739, voted against the Government on the place bill in 1740, and did not stand again. He died 28 Apr. 1783, the father of Henry Cavendish, the physicist.

Ref Volumes: 1715-1754

Author: R. S. Lea


  • 1. Hervey, Mems. 162.