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Authorised form of nameCavendish; Spencer Compton (1833 - 1908); 8th Duke of Devonshire
Other forms of nameCavendish, Spencer Compton, Marquess of Hartington
SurnameCavendish
ForenamesSpencer Compton
Dates1833 - 1908
NationalityBritish
Dates and placesBirth:
Holker Hall, Lancashire, England (23 July 1833)
Death:
Hotel Metropole, Cannes, France (24 March 1908)
Burial:
Edensor, near Chatsworth, Derbyshire
ActivityEducation:
Privately; Trinity College, Cambridge. LLD (1862), DCL (1878, Oxford)
Career:
MP for North Lancashire (1857-1868); Under Secretary for War (1863-1866); Privy Councillor (1866); Secretary for War (1866 and 1882-1885); Postmaster General (1868-1871); MP for Radnor (1869-1880); Chief Secretary for Ireland (1871-1874); Secretary for India (1880-1882); MP for North East Lancashire (1880-1885); MP for Rosendale division (1885-1891); Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1892-1908); President of Council (1895-1903); died of pneumonia
Freemason, initiated, as Lord Cavendish (his style 1834-1835) 12 December 1853, passed 19 January 1854, raised 13 March 1854, Scientific Lodge No 105 (subsequently No 88) Cambridge.
Honours:
KG 1892; GCVO
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
3/03/1892
RelationshipsSon of William Cavendish, 7th Dike of Devonshire (FRS 1829); Marquess of Hartington (1858-1891); married Louise Fredericke Auguste, widow of William Drago Montagu, 7th Duke of Manchester and daughter of Karl Franh Viktor, Count von Ahlen, of Hannover and his wife Hermine de Schminke
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, ;Freemasons and the Royal Society; Alphabetical List of Fellows of the Royal Society who were Freemasons' (2010), page 18
Obituaries:
Proc Roy Soc Series A 1909 vol 82 pp xi-xvii signed by G D L
References:
Vanity Fair 27 March 1869, 21 July 1888, 15 May 1902
Royal Society codeNA1427
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1892/02Cavendish, Spencer Compton, 8th Duke of Devonshire: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/Maull/000773Cavendish, Spencer Compton, 8th Duke of Devonshirend
NLB/17/421Copy letter from Michael Foster, to The Marquis of Salisbury [Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil], Arthur James Balfour, Joseph Chamberlain, George Joachim Goschen, Sir John Eldon Gorst, the Duke of Devonshire [Spencer Compton Cavendish], the Earl of Halsbury [Hardinge Stanley Giffard], and Viscount Richard Assheton Cross27 October 1898
NLB/37/472Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison to Harrison & Sons24 March 1908
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