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William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire

William Cavendish, 5th Duke of Devonshire (1748 - 1811), married twice: first, to Lady Georgiana Spencer (1757 - 1806); second, to Lady Elizabeth Hervey Foster (1759-1824), daughter of the 4th Earl of Bristol. Georgiana Spencer was a socialite who gathered around her a large circle or literary and political friends. She was painted by Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds. The fifth Duke was closely involved with the nearby spa town of Buxton. He used the profits from his copper mines to transform the town into a replica of Bath, including The Crescent and the Devonshire Royal Hospital.

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