1st duke of Devonshire, William Cavendish

(1641—1707) politician

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Devonshire backed the right horse in 1688 and prospered exceedingly, founding one of the great Revolution families. A page at Charles II's coronation, he saw naval service, and served as MP for Derby 1661–81, succeeding as 4th earl in 1684. A zealous Whig and keen supporter of exclusion, he was one of the seven who invited William of Orange over in 1688 and took up arms at Derby. In the new reign, he was at once made lord steward and, in 1694, a duke. He began the building of Chatsworth in 1687.

Subjects: British History.

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