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William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire

William George Spencer Cavendish, 6th Duke of Devonshire (1790 - 1858), was known as the "Bachelor Duke". In 1811, at the age of 21, he inherited eight stately homes and 200,000 acres of land. He went on to improve his houses and gardens (including the rebuilding of the village of Edensor[?]) and traveled extensively. He was Lord Chamberlain[?] to King William IV and a close friend of Czar Nicholas I of Russia. Among his friends were also Antonio Canova, Charles Dickens, and his head gardener, Sir Joseph Paxton.



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