The Lord Cavendish of Furness
Government Whip
In office
14 September 1990 – 22 April 1993
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterMargaret Thatcher
John Major
Preceded byThe Baroness Blatch
Succeeded byThe Viscount Astor
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
6 June 1990 – 1 January 2021
Personal details
Richard Hugh Cavendish

(1941-11-02) 2 November 1941 (age 80)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Grania Caulfield
RelationsCavendish family
Children1 son, 2 daughters
ResidenceHolker Hall, Cumbria
Alma materEton College

(Richard) Hugh Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness DL FRSA (born 2 November 1941), otherwise known as Hugh Cavendish, is a British Conservative politician and landowner.

Lord Cavendish owns Holker Hall and its 17,000 acre estate overlooking Morecambe Bay in Cumbria. The property became part of this branch of the Cavendish family's inheritance via his grandfather, Lord Richard Cavendish CB.


Educated at Eton College, he was created a life peer as Baron Cavendish of Furness, of Cartmel in the County of Cumbria,[1] on the advice of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on 17 May 1990 and served as a Lord-in-waiting (1990–92).[2] He and his son, Hon. Freddy Cavendish, are in remainder to the dukedom of Devonshire.

Lord Cavendish is the chairman of the Holker Estate Group[3] and has also chaired the Morecambe and Lonsdale Conservative Association (1975–78) as well as the board of governors of St Anne's School, Windermere (1983–89). He is currently a director of Nirex Ltd (since 1993) and served as High Sheriff of Cumbria (1978–79) and a member of the Cumbria County Council (1985–1990). He became president of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain in 2008. He is also chairman of the Burlington Stone Company.[4]

Lord Cavendish is the president of South Cumbria Rivers Trust.[5]


Hugh Cavendish married, in 1970, Grania Caulfield. They have one son, Frederick Cavendish and two daughters, Lucy Cavendish and Emily Cavendish.[6] They have three grandchildren, Hector Harper, Henry Cavendish and Agnes Gibbons.


Coat of arms of Hugh Cavendish, Baron Cavendish of Furness
A serpent nowed Proper.
Sable, three bucks' heads cabossed argent.
Cavendo Tutus[7]

See also


  1. ^ "No. 52146". The London Gazette. 22 May 1990. p. 9485.
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  5. ^ "Lord Cavendish".
  6. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage 2003, vol. 1, p. 728
  7. ^ Debrett's Peerage. 2000.
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom Preceded byThe Lord Clinton-Davis GentlemenBaron Cavendish of Furness Followed byThe Lord Pearson of Rannoch