William Cavendish (courtier) & Bess of Hardwick

1547 - 1557
Bess of Hardwick and William Cavendish (courtier)  
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William Cavendish (courtier) and Bess of Hardwick were married for 10 years before William Cavendish (courtier) died, leaving behind their partner and 8 children.

They had 8 children, Frances (473), Temperance (472), Henry (471), William (469), Charles (468), Elizabeth (466), Mary (466) and Lucrece (466).

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Relationship Statistics

StatusDurationLength
Married20th Aug 1547 - Oct 1557 10 years, 1 month
Total Aug 1547 - Oct 1557 10 years, 2 months


On 20 August 1547, Bess married the twice-widowered Sir William Cavendish (died 1557), Treasurer of the King's Chamber, and became Lady Cavendish. The wedding took place at two o'clock in the morning, at the home of the Grey family, friends of the couple. Sir William was more than twice Bess's age and the father of two daughters. His fortune had been made following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, since as an official of the Court of Augmentations he was able to select choice properties for himself. Possibly acting on Bess's advice, Sir William sold his lands in the south of England and bought the Chatsworth estates in her home county of Derbyshire. Sir William Cavendish died on 25 October 1557, leaving Bess widowed a second time and in deep debt to the Crown. Upon his death, Bess claimed the sum of his property, having insisted that his land be settled on their heirs. Eight children were born of the marriage, two of whom died in infancy.

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Relationship Timeline

January, 1556 - Child

January, 1556 - Child

31st March, 1555 - Child

28th November, 1553 - Child

27th December, 1552 - Child

17th December, 1550 - Child

10th June, 1549 - Child

18th June, 1548 - Child

20th August, 1547 - Marriage

Couple Comparison

Name
William Cavendish (courtier)
Bess of Hardwick
William Cavendish (courtier)
Bess of Hardwick
Age (at start of relationship)
42
20
Nationality
British
English
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Children

NameGenderBornAge
FrancesFemale18th June, 1548474 years old
TemperanceFemale10th June, 1549473 years old
HenryMale17th December, 1550471 years old
WilliamMale27th December, 1552469 years old
CharlesMale28th November, 1553468 years old
ElizabethFemale31st March, 1555467 years old
MaryFemaleJanuary, 1556466 years old
LucreceFemaleJanuary, 1556466 years old

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