William Cavendish, 1st Earl of Devonshire
|born on||27 December 1521 Jul.Cal. (6 Jan 1522 greg.) at 02:30 (= 02:30 AM )|
|Place||Chesterfield, England, 53n15, 1w25|
|Timezone||LMT m1w25 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||15°08' 24°05 Asc. 05°50'|
English politician and courtier, the second son of Sir William Cavendish and Bess of Hardwick.
He was M.P. for Liverpool in 1586 and Newport (Cornwall) in 1588. He was appointed High Sheriff of Derbyshire, where the estates of his family lay, for 1595 and Justice of the Peace in 1603. He was created Baron Cavendish of Hardwick in 1605.
He participated in the colonisation of the Bermudas, and Devonshire Parish was called after him; he also was a supporter of colonising Virginia.
His mother's death in 1608, and his elder brother Henry's death in 1616, gave him a vast fortune. He was in attendance on James I in a progress in Wiltshire in 1618, and on 2 August was created Earl of Devonshire, while the court was staying at the Bishop of Salisbury's palace. He died on 3 March 1626.
Sy Scholfield quotes "Bess of Hardwick: First Lady of Chatsworth" by Mary Lovell (Hachette UK, 2009): "at between two and three o'clock in the morning on 27 December , almost a year to the week of Henry's birth ["borne . . . the 17th day of December "], Bess gave birth to another son, william."
- Vocation : Politics : Public office (Member of Parliament in England)
- Vocation : Politics : Other Politics (Courtier to James I)
- Notable : Famous : Other Famous (Cavendish family)