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THE BARON CAVENDISH OF FURNESS , of Cartmel, Co Cumbria ((Richard) Hugh Cavendish, DL Cumbria 1988)) [The Rt Hon The Lord Cavendish of Furness DL, Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria LA11 7PL]; born 2 Nov 1941; educated Eton; Titular Abbot Furness; internat banker 1961–71, chm: Holker Estate Gp 1971–, Morecambe and Lonsdale C Assoc 1975–78; High Sheriff Cumbria 1978, Govr: St Anne's Sch Windermere 1983–89, Lancs and Cumbria Fndn for Med Res 1994–;memb: Cumbria CC 1985–90, Commn on Historic Buildings and Monuments (English Heritage) 1992–98; Lord in Waiting 1990–92; dir UK Nirex Ltd 1993–; FRSA 1988, Liveryman Fishmongers Co; married 1970 •Grania Mary, daughter of Brig Toby St George Caulfeild, CBE (see BP&B 2003 CHARLEMONT, V), and has:

1a •Frederick Richard Toby; born 1972

1a •Lucy Georgiana; born 1973

2a •Emily Moyra; born 1980

Lineage: see BLGRY 2005 DEVONSHIRE, D

Seat: Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, Cumbria. The estate of which Holker is the hub comprises monastic lands which originally belonged to Cartmel Priory and Furness Abbey. After the suppression of these two religious houses in the 1530s (along with all the rest in England) their lands were granted to the PRESTONs of Lancashire, from an earlier branch of which the Viscounts Gormanston (see BP&B 2003) may descend. Catherine, daughter and heiress of Thomas Preston, married in the late 17th century Sir William Lowther, 1st Bt, of Marske in Yorkshire, and their grandson Sir William, the 3rd and last Baronet, left what was by now the Holker estate on his death in 1753 to his cousin Lord George Augustus Cavendish, younger brother of the 4th Duke of Devonshire (see BLGRY 2005), Sir William's mother having been a daughter of the 2nd Duke.

The house had been built in the early 17th century but was almost completely reconstructed in the mid-19th by the 7th Duke of Devonshire, to whom it had passed since Lord George died without issue. One wing dates from the early years of Queen Victoria's reign, the other, which is set at a right-angle, from a third of a century later following a fire in 1871. The result is externally unattractive, or at any rate unfashionable, albeit formidable. Internally some of the 18th-century elements survive, notably staircases. There is also some good panelling dating from the time the original house was built, though it comes not from Holker itself but a farm house nearby.


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