About this image
William George Spencer Cavendish (1790-1858), eldest son of the 5th Duke and the 6th Duke of Devonshire. He never married and although had mistresses, he never bore any children. Died at Hardwick Hall.
This image is one of a collection by the famous local antiquarian, Thomas Bateman, of Middleton by Youlgreave. (1821-1861). Bateman organized his collection by inserting them into a 4 volume copy of Lysons Magna Britannia, Derbyshire, creating a fascinating and unique illustrated record of the county. The purchase of the collection for Derbyshire Libraries was made possible by the generous bequest of Miss Frances Webb of Whaley Bridge, well known local historian, who died in December 2006.