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Evelyn Cavendish

British noblewoman

Died when: 89 years 219 days (1075 months)
Star Sign: Virgo


Evelyn Cavendish

Evelyn Emily Mary Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, (née Petty-FitzMaurice; 27 August 1870 – 2 April 1960) was the wife of The 9th Duke of Devonshire.

She was born the elder daughter of the politician and diplomat The 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, and grew up amidst public life.

Evelyn's marriage to Cavendish, the heir of The 8th Duke of Devonshire, led to her becoming Duchess of Devonshire in 1908.

With her position, she oversaw the reorganisation of the Devonshire estates and presided over four English houses and one Irish castle.

Evelyn held the position of Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary from 1910 until 1916, when she accompanied her husband upon his appointment as Governor General of Canada.

The Duchess held the position Viceregal Consort until the Duke's term ended in 1921.Upon returning to England, the Duchess again was appointed Mistress of the Robes to Queen Mary, holding the position until the latter's death in 1953.

The Dowager Duchess, widowed since 1938, spent her final years living at Hardwick Hall, which was made over to HM Treasury in 1956, in part payment of death duties.

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