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Portrait of Lady Lucy Cavendish

This Victorian diary spans from Lady Cavendish’s early childhood memories until the death of her husband in May 1882.

These indexes will make it easier to access the rich history that Lady Cavendish experienced. Born in one of the finest families of the English aristocracy, she had many connections to several of the grandest families in Great Britain. Her grandmother, Lady Sarah Spencer Lyttelton (“Granny” in the diary), held such a close association with the Royal Family that she was spoken of as the “Governess of England.” Her uncle, William Gladstone, was several times Prime Minister and many of her relatives were members of Parliament.

At the age of 22 Lady Cavendish became a Maid of Honour to Queen Victoria. Soon thereafter she wed Lord Frederick Cavendish, second son of the seventh Duke of Devonshire.

The diary records an exciting whirl of the best upper class life of the time both in town and in the country. From crowded London dinner parties to extended stays at the most famous British country manors (Chatsworth, Holker), to travels to the continent and the West Indies, her diary records a life that Anthony Trollope could only imagine.

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Lucy Caroline Lyttelton
born: September 5, 1841
married: Lord Frederick Cavendish June 7, 1864
widowed: May 6, 1882
died: April 22, 1925

Lady Lucy and Lord Frederick Cavendish

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Lady Lucy Cavendish and Lord Frederick Cavendish

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